The most remarkable North American resort development of the late 1990s, The Canyons has evolved from 'pretty much nowhere' into a world class destination resort in less than two years. Everything changed at this ski area in July 1997 when the now defunct American Skiing Company added it to their 'family of resorts'. Formerly Park West and, for a brief period, Wolf Mountain, it was the poor relation to neighbouring 2002 Olympic destinations Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley. Although the American Skiing company is no more, at the time it was one of the leading resort groups in America owning 10 resorts from coast to coast, with The canyons its number one star. The Canyons had $20 million lavished on it within a few months of the American Skiing Company take-over to create the biggest ever single-season expansion in Utah and North America's largest resort growth for that season. Five new quad chairs and Utah's first gondola, an eight seater, were installed as well as the Red Pine Mid-Mountain Lodge. By the following season The Canyons was the largest resort in Utah and the potential is for it to overtake the long standard US giants of Colorado and California to become the largest ski area in the US. The opening of Ninety-Nine 90 peak added a further 800 acres for 1998 - 99 and the plan was to reach 6000 acres by 2002, served by 20 high speed detachable quad lifts. These figures would give The Canyons the biggest ski area in the US, second only to Whistler-Blackcomb in North America, and the world's most high-speed quads, depending on what other resorts do in the meantime! They're still yet to be realised but The Canyons has become one of the continents biggest ski areas none-the-less, and the potential is still there. If a lift link was ever made to Park City Mountain Resort and/or Deer Valley - a relatively easy operation physically, if not politically - then the area would certainly be North America's and one of the world's largest ski areas. Development at the base of the mountain is centred on Canyons Resort Village Center which based around the 360 room four-star slopeside Grand Summit Resort Hotel. The village has been skillfully designed to give easy pedestrian access to all amenities. The village is designed using indigenous materials like Utah red rock and Wasatch pines. Native Utah designs like petroglyphs and pictographs will be featured prominantly.
Formerly Park West and for a brierf period Wolf Mountain, The Canyons was re-christened in 1997 adding Utah's first gondola (8 seater) and a host of other new high sped lifts, creating one of North America's largest ski areas.