1625 West Center St
Provo, UT 84601
Phone: (801) 373-0099
Fax: (801) 370-0239
In 1969, Robert Redford founded the Sundance Resort. This beautiful alpine retreat merges art and recreation while preserving the natural landscape. The hub of the Sundance Resort is Sundance village, complete with guest cottages, mountain homes, restaurants, artisan center and spacious conference facilities. Guests enjoy cross-country skiing, snowboarding, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and fly fishing, outdoor summer theatre and art studies. The art classes offered at the Sundance Art Shack Studios operate under the premise that everyone has creative talents just waiting to be revealed.
Inexpensive by local standards, Sundance Ski Area boasts uncrowded ski slopes and alpine terrain. With just 450 skiable acres and only 320 inches annual snowfall, this resort is one of the smallest in the area and has one of the shortest seasons as well. Skiers have access to 41 runs, childcare and some lighted slopes for nighttime skiing. Check website for prices and further details.
High on the rocky slopes of American Fork Canyon, in the shadows of Mount Timpanogos (Utah's Wasatch Range), sit three spectacular limestone caves. Each cavern offers a myriad of colors and formations. As visitors journey toward the cave entrance, they will ascend to more than 1,000 feet in elevation, where they will find incredible views of American Fork's tree-lined canyon. The hike to the top can be quite strenuous, but there are less difficult trails at the bottom of the hill for beginners. Tours are limited to about 20 people per tour. Check website for varying dates.
City kids love to visit this park where farm animals of all kinds are displayed and explained. Children are awed by how big the horses are and love to watch the cows get milked. Sheep, goats and ostriches seem as interested in the children as the children are in them. An incubator houses hatching quail and chicken eggs and an aquarium shows off both turtles and fish. A nominal donation is requested.
Golf Digest rated this Johnny Miller Signature Course the best golf course in the state of Utah. An annual Champions Challenge brings in golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Billy Casper and Johnny Miller. A large clubhouse, driving range, chipping area and putting green are also on site. A gift shop and the Sunset Grill restaurant adjoin the course. Call to reserve tee times.
The ten acres of gardens here are sure to inspire both serious and novice gardeners with new ideas. A vegetable garden, herb garden, rose garden and water garden are among the areas where visitors can browse and learn. Free classes are offered each week during the spring and summer on square foot gardening and grow-box gardening. The garden shop is well stocked with plants, flowers and garden decor and well staffed with knowledgeable, helpful clerks.
Lupine Loop is located on the upper reaches of Snowbird ski area and is a long ski run that comes down the mountain zig-zagging through several other runs. Inspite of its green mark, it is not ideal for beginners and is more advanced than many other trails, and should be considered a blue trail. The trail is laden with narrow gulleys and sudden turns, and requires alertness on the part of the skier.
Located in the Homestead Resort, the Homestead Crater is one of the most popular attractions of Utah. This natural spring began forming thousands of years ago, and what makes it even more phenomenal is that it is covered by a rock dome. Visitors need not be guests at the resort to visit the site, where one can just float along the warm waters of the spring or take a class in scuba diving or snorkelling.
The Silver Fox is one of the best trails to explore in Snowbird, with great quality powder snow all along the path. However, it is less crowded than many other ski runs along the slope, making it ideal for some high speed downhill skiing. Running along most of the length of the mountain, the trail also runs directly beneath the Aerial Tram and the Peruvian Express.
Diesel and steam engine trains travel along this historic railroad line through beautiful Soldier Hollow, Provo Canyon and Heber Valley. In wintertime, pot-bellied stoves keep riders warm inside passenger cars. Year-round, passengers may choose to ride in open-air cars for the full train journey experience. Try a train ride in autumn. You will be amazed by all of the colors that grace the mountains. The ride is great fun for kids. Calling ahead for tickets is strongly advised.
Proud of its inexpensive lift tickets, long-held ski traditions and ski-anywhere policy, Alta Ski Area is a favorite among Salt Lake City locals. Although snowboarding is not allowed and slower lifts can lengthen holiday lift lines, locals prefer the resort for its high-altitude powder and pine-covered alpine terrain. Beginners praise the high percentage of easy runs, while advanced skiers appreciate the ski-anywhere policy. Check website for prices and further details.
A long hike up after taking the Cecret ski lift will reward you with the Castle Apron ski run that is blessed with fine powder snow, as it is hidden from the glare of the sun. Mostly used by locals, one has to ski down the trail and zig-zag now and then to avoid rocks, trees and moguls among other obstacles, finally ending where you started from. However, this run is for expert skiers only.