4000 Canyons Resort Dr., Park City, UT 84098 – Get Directions
Best thing about Summit is the great location!
The back of the Grand Summit opens up right onto 'Ski Beach' and the base of The Canyons resort. You can walk a few steps to the Red Pine Gondola, the Orange Bubble chair, or to the village area where you can access ski school, rentals, tickets, and dining.
POOL and FITNESS CENTER:
The Summit pool is excellent. Sit in one of three outdoor hot tubs and watch the gondola go by, or play with the kids in the large heated pool. The fitness center is not huge, but adequately sized, and with your room rate, you have access to the steam room and sauna inside the Summit Spa.
Not only are you adjacent to the slopes, but Grand Summit has a separate indoor ski check where you can store your skis or board free of charge. Don't worry about lockers, etc! Dining in the village is close-by, or cook in if you have a suite with a kitchenette. Off the lobby of the Summit, there's a small store with convenience items, and a nice coffee bar/pastry bar to get a quick bite before skiing.
Rooms in the Grand Summit are adequate, but nothing too fancy...the benefit of this hotel is the location, location, location!
Crown Jewel Lodging
In early September my family visited the Grand Summit where we were treated like royalty at this crown jewel at the base of Canyons Resort, a destination for family fun in any season.
We enjoyed two adjoined rooms including a standard 300 square foot Grand Summit Queen Guestroom and a 1000 square foot Grand Summit Two Bedroom Residence. We counted 14 sleeping spaces, 3 restrooms, 4 televisions, 4 DVD players, 2 balconies, and 3 fireplaces within this adjoined room setup and were ready to book our next family reunion at the Grand Summit.
The 300 square foot standard Grand Summit Queen Guestroom offered ample luxury with comfortable queen beds piled with pillows and views of Canyons Resort. This room alone would be adequate for a small family or couple looking for luxury on a budget. The only amenity this guestroom lacked was a microwave and refrigerator. Therefore, if your family does want to save on the dining budget (and calories), consider the additional cost to upgrade to one of the resort’s suites which include full kitchens.
The 1000 square foot Grand Summit Two Bedroom Residence, a house within a resort, offered a main living area with sleeper sofa, twin day beds, fireplace and an adjoined full kitchen and dining area. The kitchen was well stocked with full size appliances and dishes to prepare a basic family meal. My kiddos loved the long dining table with its booth seating, picking out their own perfect spot to dine and enjoy the views through the large living area windows. These views revealed Canyons Resort and an expansive pool below; the kind of place that makes kids run squealing for their swimsuits and goggles whenever down time can be found.
The two bedrooms within the Grand Summit Two Bedroom Residence included one of my favorite amenities – “his and hers” vanities! There was space to line up every beauty product I own, and then some; hubby’s toothbrush and deodorant were a bit lonely though. These bathrooms also sported an amenity that any active family desperately needs whether skiing, biking or hiking; huge jetted tubs. I do feel it necessary to point out lodging downfalls and have to complain that the soap dish in the shower was small. But those “his and hers” vanities do outweigh this minute downfall!
Of course the loft area was our kids’ favorite place where they created a new game called “Stuffed Panda Bungee” with some tied up grocery bags and a courageous stuffed animal panda bear. Evenings by the cozy fireplace required an emergency visit to the market to stock up on “cozy fireplace supplies”, (i.e. hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, reading material, dark chocolate).
The Grand Summit Hotel sits at the base of Canyons Resort; within steps of the Red Pine Gondola and Orange Bubble Express ski lift and 4 miles from historic downtown Park City. If you do want to venture downtown and do not have a car, a complimentary shuttle is provided in the winter or you can take the Cabriolet lift located steps from the Grand Summit the city bus stop where complimentary buses travel to and from historic Main Street. The Cabriolet lift is also very useful if you are planning to bike Park City area pathways but do not want to conquer the hill that the Grand Summit sits upon.
Canyons Resort’s recent capital improvements have made Grand Summit basecamp for any outdoor recreation loving family. Ride the gondola to Red Pine Lodge, gateway to several scenic hiking and biking paths (see my review of Red Pine Loop Trail for a great family friendly hike). Visit the Canyons private stocked reservoir and try your hand at catch and release fishing and pedal boating (see my review of Canyons Resort). Rent some bikes and discover the extensive trails in Park City (see my review of Nineteen Sports). Play 18 holes at the Canyons putting course adjacent to the Grand Summit (see my review of the Canyons Resort Putting Course). Play some disc golf, or experience the new Zip Tour Adventure. We reveled in summer activities at the Grand Summit, but I can attest that this place offers some amazing skiing amenities. First and foremost is its vicinity to Canyon Resort’s Red Pine Gondola and Orange Bubble Express ski lift. Grand Summit visitors are within steps of the gondola and express lift; the ultimate definition of “ski-in, ski-out” with access to 4,000 acres, 182 trails, 19 ski lifts and an average 355 inches of Utah powder snow. Canyons Resort also offers seasonal events such as farmer’s markets, concerts, the annual Pond Skimming Contest, ski and snowboarding competitions, and kids’ summer camps.
Additional amenities at the Grand Summit include a full service spa and health club, valet parking, concierge services, complimentary high speed internet, onsite and year round childcare center, and a heated outdoor pool. The large heated pool was definitely my kids’ favorite amenity where there was plenty of shallow water, plush pool towels, and 3 bubbly hot tubs. The pool was undergoing maintenance the first day of our stay so we were allowed to use one of the resort’s sister property’s pool (the Sundial). The Sundial pool was small and standard so we were pleased when the Grand Summit’s pool maintenance was completed.
The Grand Summit’s in-house restaurants include The Farm, Red Tail Grill and First Tracks Café. (See my reviews of The Farm and First Tracks Café). Other dining is available throughout the resort’s family of properties including the Red Pine Cafe (see my review), Alpine House, Umbrella Bar, Bistro at Canyons and Lookout Cabin. There is also small market located near the lobby of the Grand Summit with a limited stock of snacks and supplies. Restaurant prices are on the high side, reflective of luxury resort dining so families renting suites may want to consider stocking up on snacks and groceries at one of Park City’s grocery stores located a few miles from the resort.
AWESOME PACKAGE DEALS:
Be sure to check out the resort’s array of seasonal package deals which include lodging, dining and activity packages at very reasonable rates. Shoulder season rates are a great value for families travelling on a budget.
Grand Summit is ideal for outdoor recreation loving families in any season and a convenient gateway to Canyons Resort activities. I would suggest booking a suite rather than a standard room; this is a great value, saving on the dining budget and providing a homey atmosphere. In all, my family had a wonderful vacation at the Grand Summit at Canyons Resort. We stayed, played and were treated like royalty.
Disclosure: Although I received complimentary lodging, dining and activities my review reflects my honest opinion and was not influenced by the Canyons Resort or its affiliates.