Sundance Resort Journal

A scenic view of a lush green mountainous landscape with dense forests and scattered houses in a valley. The mountain peaks rise in the background under a clear, blue sky.

All About Act2: All The Mountain’s a Stage

Marked by rich history and connection to its land and community, the mountain has always been a stage for the Sundance story to unfold. It started with the Ute people, evolved through the Stewart family homestead, and blossomed under Robert Redford’s vision of minimal development and extensive conservation. Today, the resort continues to thrive as we honor its legacy while making thoughtful improvements. Our next chapter, Act 2, is a blend of maintaining the cherished traditions and introducing enhancements that enrich the Sundance experience. Looking ahead, 2026 will bring a high-speed quad lift to the back mountain, making it easier to access some of the resort’s best terrain. This new lift will connect the base of Wildwood with the top of Red’s Lift, providing an exciting new way for skiers to explore and enjoy the mountain. Our goal throughout all of Act 2 is to evolve thoughtfully, blending tradition with innovation to create a richer, more inclusive experience for all who visit. Whether you’re a long-time local or a first-time guest, each enhancement promises to make your time at Sundance unforgettable.
Small pond nestled in the forest with short waterfalls in the front and back.

Leaning Into Shoulder Season 

As the winter snow melts into spring, Sundance Mountain Resort heads into a “shoulder season” between ski runs and hiking trails. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, this transitional period offers the best of both worlds. From enjoying some of the best fly fishing conditions of the year to getting some well-deserved R&R at our new Springs amenity, there is always a way to connect with art and nature at the resort. Whether you're drawn to the rhythmic dance of the Provo River's "Golden Hour," seeking solace in the rejuvenating waters of The Springs, or igniting your creative spirit at the Sundance Art Studio and Gallery, there's an undeniable allure to the shoulder season. Embrace this moment of quietude and renewal and savor the magic of Sundance, where adventure and relaxation converge in perfect harmony.
Outdoor pools and relaxation area at The Springs exclusive spa.

Tranquility Elevated

A brand new spa experience awaits your discovery at Sundance Mountain Resort! We’re proud to offer our lodging guests exclusive access to The Springs, a trio of relaxation pools designed to let you ease into your day or unwind after a day on the mountain. Indulge in a rejuvenating experience surrounded by the beauty of nature. Access The Springs via convenient paved pathways, or complimentary guest transportation. Whether by leisurely stroll or a scenic ride, every moment is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural splendor of Sundance. Book your next stay at Sundance and be among the first to enjoy the depths of relaxation at The Springs!
Artist carefully crafts design out of glass at Sundance Resort.

The Art of Recycled Glass at Sundance

In the heart of Sundance Mountain Resort lies a hidden gem that not only showcases artistic brilliance, but also embodies the resort's commitment to conservation. For over two decades, the Sundance Art Studio and Gallery have been home to a unique recycled glass program, where skilled glass blowers from Guadalajara, Mexico, transform discarded glass into exquisite works of art. This remarkable initiative aligns seamlessly with our core values of art, community, and nature, making it a shining example of the intersection of environmental responsibility and creativity. With environmental care and a commitment to art at its core, our recycled glass program demonstrates that repurposing can be a transformative and beautiful process. Each recycled blown glass piece not only tells a tale of renewal, but also contributes to Sundance’s ongoing commitment to responsible living.
Rendering of The Springs exclusive spa at Sundance Resort.

Introducing the Springs at Sundance

Nestled within the picturesque landscape of Sundance, a hidden gem in the heart of Utah's rugged wilderness, lies an exciting addition to your mountain getaway experience — the Springs at Sundance. As we eagerly await the arrival of December 2023, we wanted to share our enthusiasm for these brand new spa and relaxation pools exclusively designed for our mountain lodging guests!
Stunning mountaintop wedding venue at Mandan Summit.

Mountaintop Moments on Mandan Summit

For the visitor who wants a true mountaintop experience at Sundance, Mandan Summit stands as a testament to nature's grandeur and human ingenuity. Since the construction of the Outlaw chairlift in 2021, this accessible peak has become a sought-after destination at Sundance Resort, elevating the guest experience to new heights, both literally and figuratively. One of the standout features of Mandan Summit is its unrivaled views of two iconic natural wonders: Mount Timpanogos and Stewart Falls.  Sitting at an impressive elevation of over 7000 feet, Mandan Summit offers visitors an unparalleled opportunity to bask in the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding landscape. Guests have referred to it as a place where you can almost feel like you're receiving a warm embrace from the mountain itself, as the views stretch out in all directions, providing an awe-inspiring panorama of the Sundance area, the canyon below, and the majestic Utah mountains that dominate the horizon.
A woman hiking on the Pahneekahvets trail pauses to take in the scenery.

Experience Sundance’s Newest Treasure: Pahneekahvets Trail

One of the most breathtaking experiences guests can enjoy at Sundance during the summer months is to simply explore the untouched beauty of Provo canyon on foot. Within the pristine natural playground of our land lies our newest hidden gem, Pahneekahvets Trail — a hiker's paradise waiting to be discovered! Whether you're a seasoned adventurer or a nature enthusiast seeking a peaceful escape, Pahneekahvets Trail promises to enchant you with its awe-inspiring scenery and invigorating outdoor experience.  The story of Provo valley begins with its earliest inhabitants, the Noochew Ute, and specifically the Toompahnahwach (Mouth of the Headwaters) band of the Ute Indian Tribe. The Sundance area was not a permanent home to the Ute, due to the extreme winter conditions. They would use this area in the summer months, however, to hunt and gather plant foods and medicinal herbs — some of which you can still see along the trail today. 
A picturesque winter landscape featuring snow-covered mountains with ski slopes, chairlifts, and sparse trees under a clear blue sky.

Robert Redford Tells the Story of Sundance

Robert Redford tells the story of Sundance in this beautiful video.
A silhouette of a fisherman, casting a line in a misty river during sunrise at Sundance Resort, with dense foliage and a glowing sky in the background.

Remembering “The Movie”

Robert Redford's film adaptation of a 1976 story is still stealing hearts.
A romantic gourmet meal on a rectangular plate, accompanied by a glass of red wine, set on a wooden table with a blurred greenery background.

Romance at Sundance

*Guest post by Susan Strayer, from Mountain Mom and Tots In July, my husband and I celebrated our thirteenth wedding…