What people on this post forget is that whenever a purchase/buyout of a ski area occurs, there will be winners (some local contractors for sure) and losers (those who lose jobs). Any bashing of a ski area--I agree that any ski area is better than not skiing--usually occurs when someone undeservingly loses a job. In the case of Sunshine Village the bashing may well be deserved. In the case of the Canyons? Likely not. The terrain and powder numbers may not rival Alta or Snowbird, but if you know where to ski there (what fences to enter) it is great compared to most resorts in this country. The benefit of being at or near luxury lodging, dining, shopping, spas, etc. is a big plus for most tourists.
Each Park City area resort has their own identify now that Talikster bought out the Canyons. The competition isn't amongst themselves since the resorts are now starting to compliment each other. The competition is with Colorado. The big concern for the ski industry worldwide is the economic deleveraging that has at least another 5 years to go, not inter-industry competition.
Look at anyone bashing the same place on a regular basis and odds are you have a disgruntled ex-employee, or someone who had a family member or friend who lost a job.
Originally Posted by rickg
I like many have only one day at The Canyons and came away with a so so opinion. Part of the problem, I was on a club trip and went as a single and couldn't find a good enough skier to buddy up for some good exploring. I also found myself through out the day looking at the map and always being 2 chair rides away from where I wanted to be. Lots of cat tracks and a very cool lift that goes up then down and then up again.
Because of the spread out nature of the resort and lift system unless you are with a local you need more than one day there to make a decison as I am sure there is way better terrain at The Canyons that I could find or ski alone.
I wouln't mind going back and giving it another go for 2-3 days.
We stayed in PC that trip and I skied there 3 days and was quite happy with Jupitor Bowl and McConkey's Ridge. They were open enough for me to explore a bit on my own. I also like my 2 days at DV. Had a nice semi private upper lesson on a powder day there. DV has some good terrain if you know where to go. Probably the nicest groomed slopes I have seen anywhere.
Come to think of it there isn't a ski area I have been to that I wouldn't go back if there were snow on the ground and lifts running.