TRAVEL TIPS FROM SKILLED DRIVERS & PASSIONATE SKIERS
Planning a trip to Ski City and The Greatest Snow on Earth? You’ve booked your flights and your rooms, you’ve purchased your lift tickets, and your skis and boards are freshly tuned and waxed. What about transportation? There’s a 3,000-foot elevation gain between the valley and the resorts, beautiful single-lane winding canyon roads, and an average 500 inches of annual snow in the mountains. Powder snow is a blessing on the slopes, but it can be a potential nightmare on the roads. Most visitors aren’t used to driving in alpine winter conditions, but don’t worry, there are safe and hassle-free ways to get to our powder.
WE GO IN THE SNOW
Canyon Transportation has been taking ski travelers to and from Ski City’s four resorts for over 30 years, with trained and experienced drivers and the largest fleet of 4x4 vans in Utah, supplemented by an armada of large SUVs. All of their vehicles are winter-prepped with snow tires and chains for deployment as conditions dictate—nothing short of a Yeti juggling snowballs will faze these guys. They’ll handle the driving so you can save your adrenaline for the slopes.
DRIVEN BY PASSION
Canyon’s tagline “Driven by Passion” is a clever double entendre. As a company, they’re motivated by the desire to provide exceptional service. And as a passenger, you’re literally being driven by someone who’s passionate about the ski and outdoor industries. You might even see your driver on the lifts. And s/he might even show you to a few secret stashes or clue you in on where to eat in the city.
Meet a few people from the Canyon crew, find out about their ideal ski day, and pick up some of their best travel tips:
COO and Founder
"My ideal day to ski is the day the storm starts to break and high pressure is moving in. The snow is deep and the visibility is good, possibly moving into a blue-sky powder day."
Traveler tips: 1) Utah is serviced by many nonstop flights. Try one arriving before noon and departing in the afternoon. That way you can catch a ride up the Cottonwood Canyons with a professional driver and ski an extra half day on both your arrival day and departure day (try that in Colorado). 2) Grab a couple of friends or family members and head up to Snowbird. Park your vehicle in the Superior lot so you can ski downhill to either the Tram or the Peruvian lift. At the end of the day ride Chickadee back up to your car. Make sure to carpool as parking is limited.
CHRIS VANDER WILT
Driver, Graphic Designer, and Tour Guide
"My ideal ski conditions are sunrise on Sunday morning with a still, serene, bluebird sky against truly awesome vistas of snow-laden fir trees. There are no tracks below, and as you ride the lift, with no one in front of you, it's so quiet you can hear yourself think! The anticipation, like the view, is awesome and amazing. You smile and wave at the lifty, lean forward out of the chair, time stands still, and then you just ski. Doesn't get better than this, except when I finally put my skis over my shoulder and head inside . . . I can only image what the surf and turf at the Riverhorse Cafe on Main in Park City will taste like. Good thing my wife made a reservation, 'cause I'm starving!"
Traveler tip: Write down your body weight. Divide that number by two. Drink that number of ounces of water every day a week before your trip—a lot of water and a little wine go a long way at 9,000ft.
Canyon Transportation Driver for over 20 Years
"I’ve skied Snowbird for 23 seasons, and it's still my favorite ski resort. Typically, I’ll meet a couple of friends at Smith’s grocery store, a good place to get some snacks for the day, and carpool up the canyon to the resort. My favorite days are the ones where it's snowing hard, when it almost doesn’t matter where you go because there's powder everywhere; even the run you just skied gets filled right back in. At the end of a day that was too fun to stop for lunch, the nachos at the Porcupine Pub & Grill are huge and absolutely delicious."
Traveler tip: Skiing out the Cirque Traverse to South Chute or Lone Pine is great on powder days, with some trees to help give definition in low-light conditions, and long, consistently pitched runs. If visibility is decent, skiing the other side of the traverse is great as well, particularly Glen’s run. Check out Snowbird's trail map here.
The beauty of Canyon Transportation is that its services fit seamlessly into any itinerary or activity. Whether you’re skiing or enjoying other great outdoor activities that Utah has to offer, be it with friends, family, business colleagues, or as part of a tour group, they can take care of your party’s transportation needs. Catch first chair, last call, and your flight back home, all from the comfort of the passenger seat.
Here’s what Canyon Transportation offers:
• Shuttle van service from and to airport – on-demand or by reservation – serviced by desks in both airport terminals
• Private vehicle service from black car SUVs to minibuses
• Shared group transportation (includes a grocery-store stop if requested)
• Rental vehicles
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Photos: Luke Isom