Sundance Mountain Resort is scheduled to open for the winter season on Friday, December 10th. This season the resort will debut many new improvements including the following:
- Two new lifts including a high-speed detachable quad
- New beginner area with 3 magic carpets
- Extensive mountain grading and brushing
- Upgrades to snowmaking including a snowmaking reservoir
- Expanded mountain dining
- RFID ticketing technology
- New pass product: The S-Card
- Additional parking and parking improvements
“Sundance Mountain Resort is investing in the most significant mountain improvements in its history,” said Chad Linebaugh, President and General Manager at Sundance Mountain Resort. “We are excited to welcome our first high-speed lift to the Sundance Mountain and anticipate a great guest experience with more time on the slopes. Our guests will find there is even more to enjoy on and off the mountain with the offerings and upgrades throughout the resort.”
In preparing for these changes to the resort, special care has been taken to preserve the integrity of the land and continued stewardship over the mountain. Sundance looks forward to the changes local and destination guests will experience from these improvements.
2021-2022 Season Updates and Offerings at Sundance Mountain Resort
New Lifts with Restored Access to the Mid-Mountain Summit:
New this season will be two lifts, one of which is a high-speed detachable quad that will restore access to the mid-mountain summit, which has not had lift access in over 25 years. This high-speed quad will dramatically improve the guest experience by offering easier loading and offloading from the lift and provide a mid-station unloading area for beginner-level skiers. All riders will benefit from a seven-minute ride to the mid-mountain summit accessing an additional 35 acres of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain making the front mountain an incredible repeat ski experience both day and night.
The second lift will provide expanded terrain choices to guests returning from the back mountain. Additionally, night skiing terrain will be expanded with access via the high-speed lift to the mid-mountain summit.
New Beginner Area, Grading, and Mountain Expansion
A long-anticipated upgrade to the beginner area will include three magic carpets and a regrading of access to and throughout the base area. To better serve our entry-level skiers and snowboarders, extensive grading to existing cat tracks and runs will bridge the gap between beginner and intermediate terrain. Extensive brushing on the mountain will provide improved terrain for advanced riders.
Continued Upgrades in Snowmaking
This summer, a snowmaking reservoir was installed to create water storage to increase snowmaking capabilities in cold temperature periods without an increase in historical snowmaking water usage.
A new air water snowmaking system on the upper mountain along with additional fan gun technology on the lower mountain will increase the speed, amount, and quality of the snow surface coverage both in the early season and throughout the winter.
The Lookout: Modern BBQ
With six dining outlets across Sundance Mountain Resort, each with its own delectable, signature menus, Sundance Resort is expanding the mountain dining experience with a new option at Creekside. The Lookout, reinvented from the original Creekside Cafe, will provide an additional option for those wishing to enjoy a casual meal at the base. Sweeping mountain views will accompany this modern BBQ menu where guests will enjoy drinks, burgers, grilled meats, salads, and bowls during both the summer and winter seasons.
New RFID Ticketing Technology
RFID technology has been added to all passes and day tickets allowing skiers to keep their passes in their pockets, decreasing the wait time to load the lift. This technology will allow guests to upgrade season passes online and reload day ticket passes without waiting in ticket lines.
A new pass format called the “S-Card” will provide discounted direct-to-lift access for guests, allowing a bypass of the ticketing line to get on the mountain quicker. The S-Card will be the only way to get a discount on a lift ticket this season, at a reduced initial price of $99 and $89 for every subsequent visit. S-Card’s will be available for purchase until the season begins. Once purchased the pass can be reloaded unlimited times throughout the season at the discounted rate.
Additional Parking and Parking Improvements
Complimentary parking will be available on weekdays and in two parking areas on weekends and holidays. Sundance Resort will have 160 newly paved parking spaces in the complimentary lots. In keeping with the long history of conservation efforts, this winter Sundance Mountain Resort is also introducing paid parking on holidays and weekends for select lots to encourage carpooling. Cars with four or more guests will enjoy complimentary parking in all lots every day this season including holidays and weekends. In addition to the environmental benefits, this will optimize the guest experience and better manage traffic flow on peak days at Sundance Mountain Resort.
About Sundance Mountain Resort
Founded by Robert Redford in 1969, Sundance Mountain Resort is an all-season resort that offers multiple outdoor activities including downhill skiing, ziplining, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, and fly-fishing. The resort has artistic roots, authenticity, and a strong connection to nature. Sundance Mountain Resort was ranked the #1 ski resort in North America by Condé Nast in 2019 for the Reader's Choice Award.
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