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
This is our second time here, and we already made reservations for next year. Great location, great skiing, and wonderful service. The only thing to consider when making reservations is steps (vertical steps) as nothing here is flat. If you need flat, or just a few, call vs make reservations on line. Most rooms have many steps. Nevertheless, having been to Switzerland, Austria, Italy and all over Germany, Vail, Breckenridge, Park City and others this place remains our favorite. A special shout out to the great staff there - in particular - Harrison, Garrett, Colby, Calvin, Jared, &Lexie.
Not one bad thing to say about our room (Sundance suite). We dined in all 4 venues -- great food and service in all. One of us was visually impaired and was able to ski all terrain with help of excellent instructor! Trying to get back there in 2 weeks before season ends. Both of us in our 70s.
Took my teenagers to ski for their first time at Sundance. The folks at the ski school were just great. They broke up each group into smaller groups so Each student had more interaction with the instructor. There weren’t hoards of people on the trails so we got to enjoy the beautiful scenery and practice skiing without worrying about running into anyone. best decision to start our ski lessons and practice at Sundance. We went to Park City afterwards and despite all the fun things to do there, the kids unanimously voted to go back to Sundance again.
Stayed at SMR for 5 days/4 nights for a ski getaway as a couple (early 30s). We chose Sundance for a few reasons - 1.) this was my first time skiing and Sundance offers a lot of options for beginner slopes; 2.) wasn’t a huge hike from a major airport.
Sundance did the trick and then some.
We got in super late our first night and checked in but when we got to our room (16B) it was a lower room with no view other than a huuuuge snowbank that originated at the deck. There were a few things wrong with the room as well (minor stuff). The next morning we spoke with the front desk and they were able to move us to a Sundance Suite for a small increase per night and it was ABSOLUTELY worth it (see attached photos). Our little cabin, room 15, with loft bed was more like a page out of apartment therapy and gave new meaning to mountain cabin dream. I would 100% recommend upgrading to the Sundance Suite as a minimum, you will not be disappointed.
Note that this is a very rustic resort, the bathrooms are clean but not super fancy. The layouts are spacious, and things are ski kitsch. Some rooms are better than others so ask for things like a view, bed size, top floor or higher floor room as some are stacked, etc.
The resort itself wasn’t crowded, we unfortunately didn’t get to eat at Tree Room due to a wedding event but enjoyed Owl Bar and the deli and Foundry. Food was better than expected as were cocktails. Service was extremely friendly and prompt for being so casual, we appreciated that.
Skiing was fantastic, we lucked out with amazing weather and the slopes were enjoyable for myself (a beginner) and my boyfriend (a seasoned pro) to enjoy. The package we got allowed us to ski for free during our stay which was great. Also the lift line was express for guests of the resort.
Can’t say enough good stuff, would not hesitate to return. Thanks again to the staff for making our trip great and for all the complimentary shuttles from the check in/ski shop back to our room!
Important stuff we didn’t realize until check out: there is an environmental impact fee (5%) applied every day. No huge deal but does add up.
Other misc: Ski rentals are about $40 a day and a quick pickup/drop off. You can store your skis overnight by the shop, just ask at the desk or your valet - makes life easier not lugging them to/from room! Owl Bar has live music some nights. Tree Room isn’t open Sunday or Monday nights. Big resort, lots of walk to/from room - enjoyable but depending on your mobility could be bothersome.
Husband had a meeting here so spouses tagged along. Rooms were quaint, comfortable and clean. Property fun to see, didn’t ski...we don’t do. Food great, fun bar... Owl Bar. All the staff was so awesome. Took a painting class, others girls took a jewelry making class on site..what fun. Spa services excellent .
Temperatures of rooms were warm....