ABCs of ski: Massive project under way at Utah resort

Utah's distinction of being the site of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games is not the only ski story emerging in the state.

One of the largest ski area projects in recent years is being developed at the Canyons, formerly called Wolf Mountain. The area is in the Wasatch Mountains, 32 miles from Salt Lake City airport.

American Skiing Co., one of the U.S.'s four giant ski conglomerates, took over the area in summer 1997 and invested $20 million in improvements for the 1997-98 season, including six new lifts, three high-speed detachable quads, two high-capacity fixed-grip quads and an eight-passenger, high-speed gondola known as the Flight of the Canyon.

Guest amenities were expanded with the building of the Red Pine Mid Mountain Lodge and the Lookout Cabin. More than 500 acres of skiable terrain were added as part of the largest area expansion in the country during the 1997-1998 season.

The Canyons is continuing its transformation with these new elements for 1998-1999:

  • The opening of Ninety-Nine 90 Peak. This mountain offers more than 800 skiable acres of terrain in the Wasatch Mountain Range. Ninety-Nine 90 is accessed by a new high-speed detachable quad.
  • Three new chair lifts. These include Ninety-Nine 90 Express, a high-speed detachable quad that accesses the Red Pine and White Pine sides of The Canyons' new terrain expansion off Ninety Nine 90 Peak; the new Super Condor, a high-speed detachable quad that replaces Condor, and a triple chair that connects Red Pine Canyon to Snow Canyon and the northern peaks.
  • Two new surface lifts. The Magic Carpet surface lift will service the base area to assist the Perfect Turn Discovery Center. The Red Pine sledding and tubing area will also have a surface lift to transport guests.
  • Mountain and trail enhancement work will add 30% more intermediate and beginner terrain.
  • The Perfect Turn Discovery Center is an interactive program offering instruction on everything from using the right equipment to coaching proper skiing and snowboarding techniques.
  • The High Meadows Learning Area is a 250-acre beginner-designated trail system that allows guests to ski and snowboard on a mix of open slopes and runs that were designed for novice clientele.
  • On-Mountain Fun. The new Crazy Eddie's Playground is the largest terrain park in Utah. The Launch Pad, a 425-foot halfpipe, is accessible via the Snow Canyon express lift so visitors can ride down as hard as they like and relax on the way up.
  • Lodging. Construction has begun on the Grand Summit Resort Hotel and Conference Center, a 360-room slopeside hotel and conference center set to be completed during the 1999-2000 season; it will include a health club, 75-foot outdoor pool, restaurant and lounge, and ski-in/ski-out location.
  • Construction has also started on the Sundial Lodge, a condo hotel in the heart of the Canyons Vacation Village.

    Agents can call (888) CANYONS.

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