Great Place

by: Sever - Feb 9, 2013

  • Overall Rating 5
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 0
  • Nightlife 4

    Pros: Lots of Slopes & Trails, No Lift Lines, Great Weather

    Cons: Not good for beginners

    Recommended For: Family Friendly

    Date Visited: Jan 1, 2013


Full review

We stayed at Sundial Lodge at Canyons over the MLK weekend. It was fantastic. My teenage daughter and I are advanced intermediate skiers who like groomed slopes/trails and aren't afraid of the steeps. We are from PA and this was our first western skiing, so I'm sure any western resort would be a thrill. We skied Deer Valley and PCMR also, but liked The Canyons the best. The mountain is huge. The trails/slopes can be as long as 3 miles. Lots of groomed runs. There were not many people there so lift lines were not a problem. Most runs were down to the gates and straight back on the lift. No waiting at all. And most runs we had the slope to ourselves.
The only drawback to this place is there is not many green runs for beginners. Most will hang around High Meadows. So the busiest place is around the Red Pine Gondola. Just stay to either side of Red Pine and you're good.
Our favorite runs were the Crowning Glory runs, Alpenglow/Twilight, Cloud 9, the Boa runs, and Doc's. All long, sometimes steep groomed blues. Also, check out the natural halfpipes off of Kokopelli and Pine Draw. Very fun for glades skiing.
The resort was great. Sundial is right in the middle of it all. Basically Ski in/Ski out. Drafts is a good burger joint/sports bar. The Edge was a very good steak house. On the mountain, check out Cloud Dine & Lookout Cabin. The views are stunning and the food is very good. It's all a little expensive, but you figure on that at a place like this.

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