Sundance Mountain Resort
Rustic, elegant and handmade are some of the words that capture the feeling of Sundance Mountain Resort. Only an hour from Salt Lake International Airport, the skiing resort that Robert Redford built has a log cabin feel. Compared to its neighboring Utah resorts, Sundance has a cozy, nestled quality, yet there’s plenty of room. Its 42 runs across more than 450 acres still pack in 2,150 vertical feet and the spectacular snow of Utah. It's simply first class, and considered one of the top rated ski resorts in the United States.
One of the highlights of Sundance is the Mount Timpanogos ridgeline. Located on the scenic Alpine Loop Road, Sundance ski resort offers dramatic scenery and abundant wildlife to both downhill skiers and riders. From the Sundance Nordic Center, you'll likely encounter wild turkeys milling about on the walk back to your cabin.
After settling into your cabin, jump right on the mountain and take Rays Lift up to Arrowhead. Free from tracks, Bishops Bowl makes an attractive expert run, or cruise along Far East for a run like Johnny Hooker down The Sting (many of the trails at Sundance have names drawn from famous Redford films). Beginners and children will love the Outlaw Trail and Stampede.
While skiing, stop by the Bearclaw mountaintop lodge if only for the unique experience of hanging in a mountaintop lodge with a 360-degree panorama of Utah's Wasatch Mountains and the Utah and Heber valleys. This casual dining experience can get you back on the slopes, but you may find yourself lingering over the view for a while in one of the most scenic restaurants in America.
Back at the base, guests who choose to wander the property will come across a distinctive Native American influence at the Art Shack, where authentic and handmade gifts are part of an effort by the resort and the overarching Sundance Institute to inspire and awaken your artistic side. In fact, their Express Yourself Package could provide the perfect artistic diversion for the non-skier in the family. Furthermore, don’t forget about the Sundance Film Festival screening packages available. Learn more about Sundance Mountain Resort.
Summer at Sundance
Many know Sundance Mountain Resort for its scenic winter slopes. Come summertime, the resort serves up scenic lift rides, an epic zip line experience, mountain biking, fly-fishing, hiking, horseback riding and their renowned art studio classes and array of family-friendly activities — all accompanied by the resort's elevated dining experience. Which makes it one of the top resorts in Utah in any season Learn more about summer at Sundance Mountain Resort.
Where to Stay Near Sundance Mountain Resort
The rustic but modern rooms, suites, dining and event services of Sundance make for one of the finest complete destinations in Utah, especially when measured against the breathtaking views of Mount Timpanogos, perhaps the loveliest peak in the Wasatch Mountain Range.
Visitors to Sundance also lodge in Utah Valley or farther up the road in the Heber Valley. Both destinations offer excellent accommodations and access to outdoor recreation. It's an hour from Salt Lake City International Airport to Sundance Resort, and you'll pass through Provo to get there.
The Sun Shines on Sundance
Top 5 Experiences at Sundance Mountain Resort
Set against Utah’s 12,000-foot Mount Timpanogos, Sundance Mountain Resort features 42 runs to explore over 450 acres of terrain suitable for a guest of any skill level. Advanced skiers enjoy the steep and the deep in wide-open bowls and narrow-gladed chutes accessed from the Arrowhead and Flathead lifts, while beginner and intermediate snow fans pick among the trails off Jake’s, Arrowhead and Ray’s Lift.
1. Far East | Black Diamond
On Sundance’s back mountain, head up the Arrowhead lift to Far East, a double-black-diamond run that leads to steep bowls and gullies. Patience pays off when you run it along the ridge and drop in toward the end at Vertigo or Wonderboy, but you can take multiple passes on Far East and tick off the other five options, as well. At the end, all of it feeds into Pipeline, which runs to the base of the Flathead lift.
2. Owl Bar
Add some authentic Western influence to your ski day with a visit to the Owl Bar. Once frequented by Butch Cassidy’s Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, the 1890s Rosewood Bar was moved from its home in Thermopolis, Wyoming to Sundance and restored so you can enjoy it. Belly on up, order a whiskey, and since you (probably) can’t tell tales of your recent bank heist, settle for a story about your best run of the day. If you tell it right, it’ll be more exciting anyway.
3. Bear Claw | Blue Square
This long, wide-open blue run is accessible from Arrowhead lift and goes from a sweeping curve at the top to a broad, mild slope back to the base of the lift. Along the way, the run offers picturesque vistas, including views of Utah Valley and Bridal Veil Falls. The slow zones will allow you to enjoy both the trail and the views for a few minutes without trouble.
4. Nordic Center
Get into the backcountry with wide-groomed Nordic trails and separate snowshoe trails, courtesy of Sundance’s Nordic Center. More than 9 miles of daily groomed trails are available for skate and classic cross-country skiing, and more than 6 miles of dedicated snowshoe trails wind through the woods. Come back at night on certain dates throughout the season for full moon cross-country ski and snowshoe access, plus a guided snowshoe search for owls and other winter wildlife.
5. Sundance Night Skiing
Don’t give up at the end of the day, because on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights the majority of the front mountain opens up for night skiing. Grab the best evening runs off Jake’s and Ray’s Lift, where you can access Top Gun, Montoya, Stampede, Maverick and more. Lights don’t just shine on the trails — the Terrain Park is open as well, giving groms and trickster pros a chance to practice or put on a show.
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Sundance, Full Circle
Whether you’re an out-of-state visitor or a local looking for celebrity sightings; on a marathon screening schedule or mixing in fine dining and the area's wintry recreation, Sundance Film Festival boasts films and experiences for everyone.
The annual festival is one of the planet’s premier showcases for independent film, celebrity sightings and parties.
Learn to Ski (and Ride) Better
Investing in a little personal time with a ski instructor early on in your trip can not only help you improve your skills, but also give you valuable insight into the mountain.
Sundance Mountain Resort
8841 N Alpine Loop Rd
Sundance, UT 84604-9802