Canyons Resort Park City with kids

We love Park City Utah skiing with kids! And we know there are several resorts and lodging options in Park City, but when we go, we always ski at Canyons Resort Park City. It’s kind of like ordering the same thing off a great menu every time…when you know you love something, why take a chance on something else?

Orange Bubble chair the canyons

What’s to love at The Canyons Resort Park City with kids:

The amazing terrain! Yes, Canyons offers a great ski and board school, and The Grand Summit Hotel offers child care, but for us, Canyons is best for older kids who ski or board at the intermediate to advanced level. Why? This resort is chock full of steeps, glades, gated runs, and off-piste fun. In fact, there’s an entire lift, the Ninety-Nine-90, devoted to black diamond runs. Does this mean there’s little for beginners? Not at all…but your advanced skiing kids and teens will be in heaven, as will you!

Second to the great terrain at Canyons is the convenience and comfort of this resort. The new Orange Bubble Chair is both heated and covered, for heaven’s sake! And the food options on the mountain are fantastic. Canyons does one of the best jobs we’ve seen in crowd management. We’ve never skied this mountain and found lengthly lift lines or food service lines. The food options at the Red Pine mid-mountain lodge are varied and healthy, and if you’d like to skip the plastic trays and chaos of a cafeteria-style lunch, families can make a reservation at Lookout Cabin, located at the Orange Bubble mid-mountain drop-off. You’ll get a great-yet-quick full service meal, and get to warm up by the fireside to boot.

The canyons at park city for kids

On-mountain thrills:

We love that a ski day at The Canyons can also include the Canyons Zip Line Tour or Snowshoeing experience. Yes, families can check in for either activity mid-day, right on the slopes! In fact, I zip-lined over the trees in my ski boots! For families experiencing either of these activities on a non-ski day, access is granted via the Red Pine Gondola. The Zip Line Tour takes approximately 1.5 hours, and takes families on three lines: a warm-up, a mid-level line, and a long, high line over 2,000 feet long. The last line is definitely a thrill, even for experienced zip-liners. (And is also optional, should you have someone not up for the challenge.)

Canyons Resort zip line

Where to stay at The Canyons:

We’ve experienced Hyatt EscalaThe Grand Summit Hotel, and Westgate Park City, all located adjacent to the village. All are excellent choices for families with indoor or outdoor pools, hot tubs, restaurants, and everything you’d want in walking distance. For ease of skiing and boarding, the ski-in, ski-out convenience of the Grand Summit wins out. For suite amenities, the Westgate gets our pick. And for decor and ambiance, Hyatt reigns. We suggest reading all three reviews (just click on the links) and deciding what’s best for your skiing and snowboarding family.

Summit Hotel Park City

Where to eat at Canyons:

Our on-mountain picks are listed above, but for village fare, we recommend budgeting for at least one meal at The Farm. Located in Canyons village next to the Grand Summit Hotel, The Farm’s farm-to-table cuisine makes for a memorable meal. Expect the small menu to change weekly as all ingredients are freshly sourced, but the kids’ menu remains a bit more constant, and will include the standards kids are used to. Don’t assume this restaurant is not kid-friendly; in fact, the staff welcomes kids and kids dig the fresh, local fare. For quick breakfasts and grab-and-go sandwiches, First Tracks in the Grand Summit is an affordable option.

Lift ticket pricing:

As with most ski resorts, pre-purchasing multi-day lift tickets online will save you money. Look for deals packaged with the local hotels as well. Ticket prices vary, because Canyons always have online deals going. At the time of this writing, the best deal was $79 for adults and $39 for kids. It’s also worth checking Liftopia before heading to the slopes.


Canyons Park City is located four miles from Park City off I-40, or 25 miles from Salt Lake City.

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