Written by Julie Hooker
Larry Cesspooch, a local Ute Tribal leader, believes that Sundance has long been a healing place. “Our ancestors spent the summers here.”
Robert Redford understands. “To us Sundance is and always will be a dream. What you see, smell, taste, and feel here is a dream being carefully nurtured. It is an area whose pledge is to people. What we offer in the form of art and culture, spirit and service is homegrown and available to all.”
This season, Sundance invites you to tell your story, and create new memories. Whether through pristine skiing or creating art at the on-site studio, express yourself: make your magic, heal, and find a balance of creativity and happiness.
Silence. Snow. Peace.
Winter at Sundance is quiet. “The first night I spent at Sundance, I felt like I could touch the stars. It was so quiet and dark and they were so near,” shares long-time visitor Tracey Merkle.
“Visually,” notes Dan Reeb, “Sundance is the most appealing mountain I’ve ever skied.” With views of the cirque of Mount Timpanogos and its rugged terrain, it is spectacular.
One of the best parts of winter is Jerry Warren’s on- site ski clinic on New Year’s Day. For anyone up and ready, Warren — director of skiing and mountain operations — takes guests on a tour of the mountain’s 450-acres of perfect snow-covered terrain.
Bishop’s Bowl, named for a former general manager, reflects the Sundance tradition of naming ski runs and events for those who love the mountain. With the “Stay and Ski Free”
promotion, guests who lodge at Sundance receive two complimentary ski passes each day of their stay.
A weekly ski race series is open to people of all abilities, and, over at the Nordic Center, a rare combination of pristine backcountry, immaculate wide-groomed trails and separate snowshoe trails awaits powder lovers.
This year welcomes a brand new zip line. The “ZipTour” will operate, weather permitting, from December 21st – January 2nd, Presidents’ Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. weekends, and every weekend in March. Check it out and add this unique experience to your visit.
Sundance Resort feeds the whole spirit — the physical, the emotional, and the artistic. During the winter season, the Sundance Spa is open seven days a week. Native American influences in the spa promote healing, warmth and natural energy balance. The spa also features a full-service menu.
The right nutrition is essential to a healthy balance. From the intimate setting in The Tree Room to casual dining in the Foundry Grill, Executive Chef David Mullen incorporates
different cultures, foods and flavors with a distinctive local flair.
Rejuvenate your spirit and get your groove on with local bands at the Owl Bar every Friday and Saturday night. The “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” vibe is evident as soon as you enter.
As always, Sundance Resort will host films and discussions in its intimate screening room during the 31st Film Festival.