We Sing the Slopes Fantastic

UTAH :: THE CANYONS

    Photo: courtesy, The Canyons Ski Resort

MOUNTAIN STATS:

SUMMIT, 9,990 feet
VERTICAL, 3,190 feet
SKIABLE ACRES, 3,500
ANNUAL SNOWFALL, 355 inches
LIFT TICKET, $66
435-649-5400, www.thecanyons.com

A DECADE BACK, the resort that would become the Canyons was a pretty shabby, and not too popular, locals hill. Now it's the biggest, most unabashedly go-go resort in Utah-and, miraculously, it's crowd-free.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Besides the sharp new base village, it's got the real goods: Days after other Wasatch resorts are all skied out, you'll still be finding powder stashes hidden among the—count 'em—eight peaks.
NUMBER-ONE RUN: Take the hike up Murdock Peak right off the Super Condor Express Lift, then choose from among seven tempting lines. You're bound to find your favorite flavor: steep glade, wide-open bowl, or gnarly chute?
HOT LODGE: When NBC's Katie Couric and Matt Lauer wanted posh digs for their two-week Olympics gig, they picked the deluxe Grand Summit Resort Hotel—for good reason. After a soak in your jetted tub, survey the scene at the heated outdoor pool below, and the rest of Summit County, from the bay windows flanking your fireplace. And, of course, there's the supreme access: If the gondola were any closer, it would be inside. (Doubles, $279; 888-226-9667, www.thecanyons.com)
SOUL PATCH: Take a snowcat-drawn sleigh to midmountain, cross-country or snowshoe it through the woods, and hit the resort's secluded Viking Yurt for a delectable five-course Scandinavian feast. Go ahead and carbo-load—afterwards, the snowcat will drag you right back down to base.

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