The Five Senses of Sundance


Sundance has everything a mountain resort needs, plus something more. It is a mountain for all senses: sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch.

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Sundance Mountain Resort near Provo, Utah is home to 450 acres of alpine terrain, 45 runs, and 2,100 vertical feet. It has all essential aspects of an all-encompassing ski resort — from wide open bowls to steep chutes, groomed runs, night skiing, a terrain park, a winter zip tour, a nordic center, and even a thriving art studio.

Yet Sundance offers something extra as well. Beyond its rustic yet modern slopeside lodging, fresh and hearty dining experiences, and nature-inspired eco spa, this ski resort in the Wasatch Range has an ethereal feel to it. Sundance has the uncanny ability to connect us with each of our five senses: sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. It offers what owner Robert Redford has called a “visceral sense of place.”

Sight

Settled in the shadow of Mount Timpanogos, the Wasatch Range’s second highest peak, the sights around Sundance in winter are of snow, rock-strewn canyons, silver trees, and exhilarating slopes. Broad groomed runs, powder bowls, meandering trails, and challenging steeps are within skiers’ sights. Lodgings — suites, lofts, homes — are tucked into the trees.

On clear nights, the moon gleams above the peaks. Beyond the mountain, let’s not forget about the abundance of art. Jewelry. Photography. Pottery. Paintings. Blown glass. At Sundance, art is everywhere you look.

Smell

It’s hard to choose just one scent to define Sundance. There’s the smell of crisp air in the alpine on the morning’s first ride up. Or the scent of fresh snow in the backcountry when accessed by snowshoes and cross-country skis. Or the aromas of fresh-cut herbs and vegetables picked from Sundance gardens, and of the honey harvested from its hives.

In the Spa there are scents of nourishing oils and hydrating herbal rubs, and through it all, wood burning in the fireplaces of its lodgings — modern yet rustic. With rental homes bearing names like Pinehaven and Balsam, you’re sure to be surrounded by the heady scents of bark, needles, and leaves.

Sundance…A Place. An Idea.
Celebrating and Enriching the Human Experience.
– ROBERT REDFORD –

Hearing

At Sundance you hear stories – stories of powder days, family, evenings skiing under the lights, and descents down runs with western-sounding names like Top Gun, Stampede, Bearclaw, and Maverick.

Taste

As with many aspects of Sundance, taste is an art form. In the softly lit Tree Room, private-label wines are paired with award-winning cuisine. Classic American dishes and wood-fired pizza in The Foundry Grill fire up the taste buds.

At The Owl Bar, après-ski cocktails and mugs of craft beer are passed over a rosewood bar — the same bar Butch Cassidy and his Hole-in-the-Wall gang sidled up to in the 1890s.

Touch

There are so many ways touch is part of the Sundance experience: Hands on a potter’s wheel during a Sundance art class, spinning clay into the shape of a bowl or mug. The feel of hot stones or a masseuse’s touch in the Sundance Spa, hard-earned after a day on the mountain. The weight of snowshoes as you walk through the woods under the light of the moon. Or the touch of a snowflake as it grazes your nose, just as the snow begins to fall at night.

Yes, Sundance Mountain Resort has the features and amenities it takes to offer skiers and snowboarders a spectacular winter vacation: powder, trees, groomers, art, food and beautiful lodging that reaches above and beyond.

Sundance’s added bonus is that intangible thing that keeps us coming back. With the five senses ignited… as Robert Redford might say, at Sundance we’re rewarded with “a visceral sense of place.”

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