What We Love
- Full ski resort with 42 trails for every skill level, plus hiking and scenic (and moonlight) chairlift rides in summer
- Art and glassblowing center with artists in residence and daily classes in jewelry making, pottery, oil and watercolor painting, printmaking and photography
- Historic Owl Bar captures the flair of the Wild West; it was once frequented by Butch Cassidy and his Hole in the Wall gang. There's live entertainment most weekends
What To Know
- Lodgings focus on rustic simplicity, not luxury — think simple bathrooms and few creature comforts
- Limited dining options, especially in summer when on-mountain ski resort restaurants are closed
- Odd liquor rules: You can’t carry drinks from the bar into the adjacent restaurant, and no alcohol is sold in the general store. You're best off bringing your own
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Old West rustic. Sundance is essentially its own town, and the resort is a village-style compound with wooden buildings evocative of the Old West, plus a few canvas yurts. Indoors there are lots of exposed beams, Western artifacts and photos of the area. The resort is right at the base of 12,000-foot Mount Timpanogos, the ski resort and hiking epicenter. One complex holds the Owl Bar, the general store and restaurants, with the spa, fitness center, arts studio and ski/sports shops in separate buildings scattered around it, all linked by a creek with footbridges and walking paths. Cabins are arranged around the central complex, and resort homes are scattered farther up the hillside; most are reachable only by car or bike, but there are shuttles available upon request. Overall the effect is of a grown-up summer camp with Old West flavor.
Bed and Bath
The cabins feel more like chic summer camp lodgings than hotel rooms, with exposed beams and simple rustic furnishing, beds with wooden headboards and wood or wicker chairs. The decor is accessorized with colorful Western wool blankets, woven Native American bowls and Western antiques, and in the larger homes cowboy boots, lassos and related paraphernalia. Most rooms have large picture windows framing the views, with roll-down shades, and consist of a bedroom and attached standard bathroom with basic tub/shower combo. Larger studios have fireplaces and mini-fridges, and many rooms have live plants. All have basic coffeemakers, clock radios with iPod/MP3 docks and free WiFi. Bathroom amenities are from Gilchrist & Soames’s organic Naturally Kind line, while the signature bars of Sundance bath soap are made on-site in the Art Shack.
The four-star fine dining Treehouse restaurant is a must for its rustic charm; it’s built around the namesake tree and has a focus on natural local ingredients such as sunchokes, huckleberries, quinoa, elk, Utah trout and eggs and meat from local farms. The signature dish is the Tree Room Pepper Steak. Interestingly, the resort also operates another casually elegant American eatery, Zoom, located in a former Union Pacific train depot on Main Street in gallery-laden Park City — home to the Sundance Film Festival — about 45 minutes away. The resort’s screening room frequently shows movies free of charge, often ones starring owner Robert Redford. The wellness program at the spa offers 60-minute morning yoga classes daily ($15), 30-minute mindfulness mediation twice weekly ($10), as well as a guided Sacred Nature Walk ($40). Other unique activities include one- to three-hour trail rides on horseback and half-day whitewater rafting excursions.
In the Area
Heber City is the closest town of note to the resort, and is home to the historic Heber Valley Railroad, which offers nostalgic trips along the banks of Deer Valley Reservoir or through Provo Canyon. Uinta Recreation is a motor sports outfitter that offers ATV rentals, side-by-side off-road dune buggies and wave runners, plus snowmobiles in winter. There are three golf courses within 20 minutes of the resort, including the Crater Springs course at the Homestead resort, which also offers a natural hot springs bath inside a volcanic crater. There are 36 holes at the public Soldiers Hollow facility in Wasatch Mountain State Park, which hosted the biathlon and nordic skiing during the 2002 Olympic Games. It takes a bit of effort to hike to, but American Fork Canyon is home to Timpanogos Cave National Monument, which consists of three impressive interlinked caves you can explore; the three-and-a-half-mile hike takes about three hours. Park City is the area’s biggest attraction, a former Old West mining village turned upscale ski town, the Aspen of Utah, with lots of shopping and dining, about 45 minutes away.
How to Get There
Wow I just hope I do this resort justice . The views of Mount Timpanogos from the resort are just awesome. We took the chairlift up the mountain and had hot chocolate at the Bear Claw Cabin. This place is not cheap but so worth it. We toured the grounds and had a really great sandwich at the deli for lunch. Our package included breakfast and dinner at the Foundry Grill . We stopped by the really cool Owl Bar for a drink before dinner. The dinner at the foundry grill was phenomenal. The wait staff was very attentive. They had just switched their menu the night we were there. We had lamb chops and clams for appetizer and Elk and trout for dinner which were so delicious ! We enjoyed dinner immensely and did not feel rushed at all . Breakfast in the morning was equally as good. We stayed in a Mandan room which was small but beautiful. It's all about the beauty and serenity that Sundance Resort Offers. It is Lodge Luxury at it's best !
Quite disappointed in our 2 night/3 day stay. A few fundamentals:
1. Hot water did not work in our cabin (in the pines area). Engineer came on our first day and said he fixed it. At the end of day two we tried it again and was lukewarm at best. Not enough for a decent shower or to use the jacuzzi in our bathroom. Now still waiting (over an hour) for someone to come and rectify the problem. Update: they came and said there was a problem with the boiler and we would have hot water in 20 minutes. We’ll see.
2. We enjoy yoga and were looking forward to the class (especially because it is not ski season). The front desk and their posted info had the time of the class wrong so we missed half of the class. The teacher said: “oh, we changed it to 5:00 pm instead of 5:30”
3. We paid for bed and breakfast and were then told by the foundry that there was absolutely no room. The front desk said: “yeah there is no room but you can order something from the Deli”. (Not the brunch Sundance is known for).
We were pretty puzzled as to why they would sell bed and breakfast and not tell you when you check in to make a reservation. Anyway, we went when it opened at 9:00 am and ate entirely alone for an hour. So why all the imagined scarcity? Same basic story for our dinner reservation at the TREE Room. Told no reservations until 9:00 pm for dinner and came at 8:30 (we were hungry) and there were only 5 tables occupied!
This feels like a place riding on past glories and not up to par.
The people were very nice and apologetic (acknowledging that each event was unacceptable) but in a two night stay getting so many things wrong does not leave much time to make it up.
We also spent two nights at the Hotel Park City which was far better.
I will update this if the hotel does anything significant to make up for their poor performance.
A beautiful day. A beautiful drive into the mountains to the Sundance Resort. Lots of parking and things to do. Or just relax and enjoy lunch at the restaurant or deli. The Sundance Deli food was fabulous and hit the spot between shopping and exploring.
I sat outside the general store on the porch by the clear rushing waters. Three days I typed it all out, my life. Reflecting everything in my life - my why, purpose & vision. This was the perfect place to channel all of the wisdom about my life’s circumstances, to see God’s Hand in developing me, and to see how my work would inspire & encourage others. It is magical here. Creativity expands here. I completed enough work to have a full book after just those few days. The next 8 years I struggled with doubt on whether I should publish the work. I finally decided to do it - to publish “LIFE Let It Flow Effortlessly.” I allowed my work to exist. Last year I visited the same place where I wrote. To my surprise I ran into a couple that frequented the place back when I wrote the book. The lady hadn’t been back in a long time but her husband insisted that they go the same day I decided to revisit. This place is magical!! Visit here. Dream Big!
Near the end of our road trip, I was able to squeeze in one night at Sundance Mountain Resort. I had originality booked accommodation in nearby Park City but immediately canceled when I discovered that Sundance Resort appeared to offer more of a true mountain experience. Did Sundance Resort deliver? Absolutely and in so many ways. Although “not cheap”, this resort is an “absolutely must do”.
The views of Mount Timpanogos from the resort are stunning and were appreciated even more when we used the complimentary chairlift pass that is offered to all resort guests.
Our well designed and appointed cabin (#28) had a vaulted ceiling, timber clad walls, a fireplace, a deep bathtub, a small kitchen and a forest view where we saw deer, squirrels, robins and a woodpecker.
More than anything, I loved the understated feel of the Sundance Mountain Resort where “relax, breathe and connect with nature” where clearly the intention.
During our all too brief time there, my daughter and I fit in a one hour Elk Meadows horseback ride. The mountain and forest scenery, particularly with the autumn colors, were stunning; the horses were well suited for us novices and clearly very well cared for and Laska, our guide, was absolutely wonderful.
I would love to one day return to Sundance Mountain Resort for a longer stay. I would return a bit later in the season, when the autumn colors are even more intense, and book a Friday night, to experience the live music at the Owl Bar, and be there on Saturday morning to experience the Harvest Market.