Let’s face it. Nobody likes crowds. It doesn’t matter how sweet the terrain or snow, we probably all would prefer to not be bogged down in lift lines, right? In this weekly series I’ll profile some resorts that don’t get mainstream attention (or crowds). First resort: Sundance Mountain Resort, UT.
Located just around an hour south east of Salt Lake City International Airport, Sundance Mountain resort is nestled in the shadow of 12,000 ft. Mount Timpanagos. Sundance doesn’t get the same attention as it’s neighbors in the Cottonwood Canyons and Park City. This is most likely due to it’s size. Sundance boasts a respectable 2150 ft. vertical, but *only* has 450 acres of skiable terrain. Compare this to 7,300 acres at Park City.
For what Sundance lacks in size, it makes up for in charm and stunning views. The resort was shaped by famous actor Robert Redford after he purchased the then “Timp Haven Resort” in 1968. Redford designed the resort and facilities beautifully to attract Hollywood stars and members of the arts community. I was mesmerized by the architecture and design of the lodges, facilities, and cabins scattered throughout the resort.
The views at Sundance are unlike any I have seen before. Full 360 degree views of the area can be achieved on a clear day. The photos below are some that I took myself back in 2017. I highly recommend getting nachos and a beer at Bear Claw cabin perched at the top of Ray’s Lift (8,250 ft.) to soak it all in.
It’s easy to consider Sundance a small resort when compared to it’s neighbors, but let’s not be quick to discredit the quality of Sundance’s terrain. Bishop’s Bowl and Far East areas on the skier’s right off Red’s Lift provide some steep and open terrain. This is definitely where you want to be when the freshies come down. Check out what a rope drop looks like on a powder day below.
Sundance is great for laying down some carves on groomers as well. You can lap Bear Claw off Red’s Lift for wide open corduroy, or check out Maverick off Jake’s Lift.
Sundance is also one of the most affordable resorts in the area. Day-of window prices are only $85 (compare that to $150+ at Park City), and buying in advance can always knock down the price. I skied a day in early March for only $45 after purchasing a deal from Liftopia. Get thrifty folks.
Ultimately, Sundance isn’t the best resort for one particular category. But, it is MORE than satisfactory for a day of skiing in Utah. Check out the mountain stats below and get stoked for Winter ’19-’20.
Sundance Mountain Resort Stats:
Base Elevation: 6,100′
Vertical Drop: 2,150′
Average Snowfall: 300″
Total Runs: 45
Number of Lifts: 5
Skiable Terrain: 450 acres
Typical Season Length: ~130 days (December-April)Lift Lines: Non-Existent