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Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah

by Katie Kelly Bell
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In 1969, movie star Robert Redford bought a swath of Utah mountainside now known as Sundance Mountain Resort, ultimately shaping it into a recreational destination rich with cultural experiences.

Today, in the 11,700-foot shadow of Utah’s Mount Timpanogos, guests can immerse themselves in an intimate mountainous retreat with year-round offerings that rival those of the big cities — minus the traffic congestion and pollution. Here you’ll find art studio classes, visiting artist programs, summer theatre productions, and a concert series that showcases some of the finest singer-songwriters and musicians. This is a mountain village first and foremost, and the outdoors is always open with access to world-class skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, and mountain biking clinics.

It's All in the Details

What You Need to Know

The Look of Sundance Mountain Resort

The 5,000-acre resort rests on the slopes of Mount Timpanogos in Utah's Wasatch Range — the centerpiece of a valley embraced by breathtaking jagged mountains. Rustic but luxurious, the 110 accommodations range from cottage guest rooms and suites to private homes. Each of the 95 cottages enjoys a private entrance. Interiors feature wood and stone, lending them a classic western lodge feel. One important caveat–some lodging does not have air conditioning—rarely an issue at high altitude, but a consideration in this era of warmer days.

The Vibe at Sundance Mountain Resort 

Pack the denim and your art appreciation mindset. This is a rustic getaway infused with luxurious amenities and a sophisticated selection of activities. Mountain recreation, theatre, live music, and art studio classes attract a sporty but cultured crowd. 

Who Will Love Sundance Mountain Resort 

Anyone who loves a day filled with hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and yoga paired with theatre- and music-filled evenings. 

Who Might Not Love Sundance Mountain Resort

Beach and water lovers best look elsewhere for a getaway. This is purely a remote mountain escape.

Best Amenity of Sundance Mountain Resort

Winter is arguably this resort’s best season with world-class skiing and snowboarding, and this year is the debut of two new lifts, one of which is a high-speed quad and expanded snowmaking. Theatre and music are top draws during the summer months.

Money Matters

What’s Included at Sundance Mountain Resort

Standard with every room is complimentary bell service, wifi, luxury linens, handmade soap, lodging gratuity, 24-hour fitness center, concierge services, and daily housekeeping. In addition to these services, lodging guests enjoy daily guided hikes in summer, complimentary daily wellness classes, complimentary children's yoga, crafts, and more.

Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About at Sundance Mountain Resort

In addition to the room rate and taxes, an environmental impact fee of 5% is added to each reservation that goes directly to the conservation of the canyon.

How to Get a Deal at Sundance Mountain Resort

Consider booking the Alpine Adventure Package, which includes a $200 activity credit to use during your stay at the resort on any of the activities, including the Ziptour, horseback riding, hiking, and fly fishing.

Getting There

In the Neighborhood of Sundance Mountain Resort

There is great hiking nearby, including Bridal Veil Falls, Cascade Springs, and Mount Timpanogos. Olympic Park and Deer Creek Reservoir (where paddleboarding, kayaking, and jet-skiing are popular) are both within an hour's drive. Within a days’ drive are stunning national parks like Zion, Arches, and Canyonlands. 

Nearest Airport to Sundance Mountain Resort

Salt Lake City International Airport is one hour from the resort.

Nearest Public Transit to Sundance Mountain Resort

Local bus service is offered during the winter months.

The Bottom Line 

This is an outdoorsy high-altitude escape that delvers on year-round traditional mountain activities as well as a broad range of cultural offerings.

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It's All in the Details