Pros: Vast terrain, largest area in Utah, great for families
Cons: Few beginner runs
The Canyons quickly changed for the better since it was purchased by Talikster. Iron Mountain has opened, additional restaurants have opened, the base of the gondola has moved in front of the Cabriolet lift, and a new Orange Bubble chair was installed to alleviate traffic at the bottom of the mountain. A mile long terrain park was added, too. Wow. The lodging options all fall in the upscale to luxurious category, with many offering the ability to ski in/ski out. The Waldorf was recently listed as a top 5 hotel in the country. The resort cracked the top ten for SKI Magazine's annual overall award, with high marks for service, lift access, food, and the terrain park(s).
The Canyons comprises nine mountains of varying terrain. One option is to figure out where you want to ski, and then ski on that side of the resort for half the day before moving on. The other option is to try to ski it all--you really can't--but it is fun trying. It is best to spend at least two days there, since there is a lot of distance to cover when attempting to ski the entire resort in one day.
There are great runs there most visitors will unknowingly ski past (e.g., Grande into Pinball Alley). In fact, most experts will go to 9990 skiing past some great runs. I suggest asking locals or the ski patrol where to find the fun stuff. Also, check for avalanche blasting before starting out on deeper powder mornings. Have a “Plan B” in place in case your favorite lift is opening late due to avalanche control.
My kids have taken lessons there, and that is my only experience with the ski school. The class sizes are generally small and the instructors are highly competent.
There are various dining options in the village at the base and in the surrounding hotels/condos that range from casual fare to the finest cuisine in Utah. Most people will also want to spend time dining and shopping in Park City, a short drive away. A shuttle bus regularly runs to take people without other transportation.
The Olympic Park (bobsled, luge, jumping, & freestyle activities) and the Alf Engen Museum are close by, and well worth a visit.