By Ryan Dunfee
Canyons Resort is the quiet little cousin in the Northern Utah hardcore scene. Most of the backcountry and big mountain attention is on Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons while the park rats tend to gravitate to Park City. But Canyons has more than it’s share of the goods, and spread out of 4,000 acres, it tends to be less crowded as well.
Stay: Grand Summit Hotel, located right at the base and is essentially ski in/ski out.
Ski/Ride: 9990 features the most challenging terrain, or there are backcountry access gates at the top of 9990 and Peak 5. Know where you're going and what you’re doing, or hire a guide.
Drink: Nothing is better than a great après menu when you work your butt off, and Red Tail Grill offers incredible margaritas and a southwestern menu, as well as wine and beer.
Down day: The Zip Tour at Canyons Resort is a thrilling adventure and a great way to get after it on your "down" day.