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Change on Sundance Resort’s mountain is methodically considered for years, sometimes decades, before ground is broken. As the resort evolves to meet the needs of both locals and tourists, sometimes bold moves are warranted including the past need to expand winter sports parking into an upper lot for 300 vehicles. Since that time, guests have been shuttled to the base to make their first run from Ray’s Lift. Last year Sundance sought to meet the requests of terrain park enthusiasts and repositioned the area, but convenience and snow coverage again challenged the move.
Sundance’s new lift that is not yet named is scheduled for completion by November 2012 and will offer convenience from the upper parking, direct access to the back mountain, a new ticket booth and expanded snowmaking for the terrain park and nearby runs. A shuttle will continue to run to the base for equipment rental, resort amenities and front mountain access.
“Since the beginning of Sundance in 1969, the balance between preservation and progress has been respectfully considered in every development. We are pleased that the new lift fits within both of these frameworks as it adds access to existing terrain,” said Chad Linebaugh, Sundance general manager. “It is very rare to have such easy access to winter snow sports and we are most excited to offer this amenity to our loyal guests.”
The new lift will load at the southeast corner of the upper parking lot and terminate at the top of Maverick. Mountain guests will no longer need to shuttle to the base to enjoy winter sports, making the experience more immediate. The lift will offer direct access to the terrain park with a midway station to loop the run. In addition, snowmaking will be added near the lift to benefit the terrain park and surrounding runs expanding the terrain covered by snowmaking capabilities to 40 percent of the resort.
"We are extremely excited about the new lift and all that it offers. Those who choose to ski and snowboard the back mountain and terrain park can access the slopes just steps from their cars. For those who live in Utah County and Heber Valley, the experience is simplified to a few minutes from home to mountain,” commented Czar Johnson, director of Sundance Mountain operations. “We are also adding increased snowmaking which will offer consistent access and the ability to expand the terrain park, something our guests have requested for years."
Sundance plans to open the lift on the first day of the 2012-13 winter season. Updates and more information can be followed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SundanceResort or Twitter @SundanceResort.