A November 2004 trip
to Salt Lake City by Wasatch
Quote: Sundance is a nice little ski area with unforgettable scenery. We liked it so much that we built a house overlooking Sundance. Crowds are on the light side, and lift tickets are cheap, but parking is tight.
Should there be 6" or more new snow, Bishop’s Bowl is a great place to experience Utah’s incomparable powder. A solid intermediate can handle this in deep snow, and it will be one of the best ski experiences of your life. Just be sure to study the trail map to see how to get out of the bottom of the bowl by Bishop’s cat track or Juniors to return to Arrowhead Lift -- 6+" of new snow slows you down, so the black diamond runs are easier.
A visit to the warming hut (elevation 8,300 feet) at the top of Arrowhead Lift is another must-see. Look to the left of center down Provo Canyon to Utah Valley (elevation 4,500 feet) and to the right, and the eight-mile-long ridge line of Mount Timpanogos towers almost a mile above. Although it was a photo blow-up inside a windowless warehouse in Salt Lake City, this view was the most often-shown scene in TV broadcasts of the 2002 Olympics.
Lodging at Sundance is deluxe and expensive. Lower rates are available in nearby Orem-Provo (ski bus to Sundance) or in Salt Lake City (see Ski Salt Lake City) and Heber Valley (see Ski Heber Valley), which we recommend so highly that we moved there.
There are two options for lunch. Coming downhill to the base, there is moderately priced fast food in the building to the skiers’ right (Creekside Lodge) and fine food (-18) in the building to skiers’ left at the Foundry Grill. We have seen Redford at lunch in the Foundry Grill, but never at the cafeteria. Check out the Owl Bar, a real old West bar near Foundry Grill.
There are 15km of cross country trails in a spectacular setting at Sundance Nordic Center, a little further up the road. Also see Ski Salt Lake City and Ski Heber Valley. Sundance is about an hour’s drive from Park City, and the drive is very scenic.
Be warned –- the parking lot fills up on busy days, and that is it –- nobody else skis unless they arrive by bus. If you are driving at peak season, get there early.
For more great scenery, continue three miles up the road (turn left at the parking lot exit) to the snow gate.
Restaurant | "Foundry Grill"
There's also an impressive, crowded, expensive ($29) Sunday brunch buffet. Evenrything considered, we prefer the buffets at nearby Stein Eriksen Lodge and The Homestead.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2004
Sundance Tree Room Foundry Grill
Sundance Resort / North Fork Provo Canyon
Salt Lake City, Utah 84604
heber ctity, Utah