Sundance Ski Getaways

ski getaways

Nestled in the shadow of Mount Timpanogos, the second-highest peak in the Wasatch, is the private preserve of Sundance. Only 450 of its 6000 acres are devoted to skiing; much of the rest helps protect the stunning beauty of the area. The history of Sundance goes back to the 1950s, when a local family, the Stewarts, operated a ski area on the site called Timphaven. It was a one-chair, one-rope tow operation. In 1969 actor Robert Redford bought the area and surrounding land from the Stewarts and created Sundance. He resisted the temptation to turn the place into a large-scale resort and instead focused on creating a comfortable atmosphere where artistic expression and environmental education would go hand-in-hand with a low-key resort experience.

So Sundance remains a modest mountain by western standards, with a fixed-grip quad and two triples the only chairs, and a handle tow down on the learning terrain. The lifts serve 2150 feet of vertical. About 320 inches of snow falls each year.

Beginner terrain is rather limited and, as it starts off intermediate, it's better suited to more experienced beginners. The rest of the terrain is about evenly split between intermediate and advanced trails, glades, and open slopes. Of note to experts is the limited-access Far East area. Overall it's a rather steepish mountain.