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Canyons — Parks and pipes


Way back when The Canyons was ParkWest, it was the first Park City ski area to allow snowboarding. The policy never changed, even though the area’s name did a few times. Utah boarders are loyal because of that support, plus they know incredible terrain when they ride it.

For riding in the trees, Peak 5 is a good option. Terrain off the Ninety Nine 90 Express chair is excellent for snowboarding. Much of it is wide open, and there are plenty of chutes, steeps and trees. A 20-minute hike from the top of Super Condor Express to Murdock Peaks’ 9,602-foot summit will get you freshies in Murdock Bowl, The Saddle Chutes or One-Hundred Turns. If you’re looking for groomers with lots of space, the runs off Snow Canyon Express will get your board screaming and warm you up for trails off the Super Condor Express.

Parks and pipes
The Canyons’ award-winning 18-acre terrain park, which caters to all abilities, is off Snow Canyon Express. The elevation is high here, so the park has pretty consistent natural snow coverage. You’ll find more than 30 features, including boxes, rails and various hits, plus the halfpipe.

The Canyons also has seven natural halfpipes. Nearest to the base area are two that can be reached via the Golden Eagle chair. The higher of the two, The Tube, runs off Broken Arrow next to Grizzly. The lower, The Black Hole, cuts off Super Fury and comes out on Flume, below the Snow Canyon Express. A long narrow creek bed/halfpipe runs next to Spider Monkey. It’s a beginner’s terror. Perhaps the most well-known natural pipe is adjacent to Upper Boa and called Canis Lupis. Two more natural halfpipes can be accessed via Saddleback Express: The first is part of Pine Draw, which is the beginner/intermediate terrain park, and the second is to rider’s left of the dedicated snowboarder trail CIA, formerly Painted Horse but renamed by snowboarders as the Canyons International Airport. Then there’s the steep drainage off Ninety Nine 90 in Talus Garden: The tight, windy pipe is a challenge several thousand feet long.