Canyons Ski Resort Named One of the Best Places to Work in Utah

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 18, 2012 12:32 pm

What could be better than living in the mountains and showing up for work everyday at Utah’s largest and most dynamic ski and snowboard resort? Not much, according to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, which recently named Canyons Resort – a Talisker Mountain destination – one of “Utah’s Best Places to Work.”

For the thirteenth year running, the Department of Workforce Services honored the state’s best workplaces with the Utah Work/Life Awards.  One of the most prestigious, rigorous workplace awards in the country, the Work/Life Award honors companies that create exceptional workplaces by effectively addressing employee work/life needs and striving to provide a culture of equity and opportunity. Canyons – one of twenty winning companies from around the state – was presented with the Utah Work/Life Award in the Large Employer category (500+ employees). 

Canyons Resort managing director Mike Goar accepted the award on behalf of the 2,000 employees of the four-season resort. “At Canyons, we strive to create one of a kind memorable experience for our guests,” Goar said. “We believe that creating a positive, flexible and caring work environment directly affects the engagement our Guides (employees) and the service they deliver. By taking this inside-out approach, our Guides are consistently given high marks for service and friendliness on guest surveys and rank near the top nationally.”

Canyons, which implemented more on-mountain enhancements than any North American ski resort in 2011, received this Work/Life Award in its first year of eligibility. The resort boasts a dynamic range of amenities including, five world-class hotels, more than a dozen dining venues, the Orange Bubble Express, which is North America’s most technologically advanced and first heated chairlift, the fast-paced ZipTour adventure and a vibrant base village called Ski Beach.

“While much of the news has been about our mountain enhancements, this award is a testament to the investment we have made in our Guide (employee) experience,” Goar said. “This has paid huge dividends in our retention rates for both year-round and seasonal guides.”

Other winners in the “Large Employer” category are: MVCI Owner Services, South Davis Community Hospital, 1-800 CONTACTS, Automatic Data Processing and Mountain America Credit Union, and Nicholas & Co.

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