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Sundance - A summer oasis

by Powderhound Matt June 5 2014 0 Comments

Any time you spend at Sundance Resort will feel like a full blown vacation. That I can promise.  And that means a lot when you actually live in Outside Magazine’s “Best Small Town in America” (Park City). 

There’s just something magical about Sundance.  I can’t really describe it, but when you arrive under the shadows of Mount Timpanogas it’s as if you have entered into this little stress free oasis in the Mountains. A little brook runs right through the center of the resort, surrounded by beautiful trees, cabins and wildlife.

We started our day with brunch at Foundry Grill.  We stuffed our faces with poached eggs over chorizo potatoes, sticky buns and fresh made pancakes with banana butter.  After our bellies were full, it was time to hit the mountain. With bikes in tow, we took the lift all the way to the top and began our trek down.  The view was so spectacular, we decided to take our time getting down.  The trail took us through forests, across ponds, and around fall lines. 

After a couple of rides, we were ready to eat again. We headed over to the Owl Bar where we had some amazing fish tacos, and hand crafted cocktails created by bartender, Chris. It was all spectacular.

We finished our day hiking to Stewart Falls. It was a pretty easy hike, but the view was breathtaking.  As the sun set, we didn’t want to leave. But, with it being just 45 minutes away, we promised each other to make another trip out very soon.

The thing I love so much about this place is that it’s authentic, something that is becoming more an more difficult to find in the world of Mega Resorts. Make sure you have this place on your radar and I promise you wont be disappointed.  

In the end, if everything I just described just isn’t up your alley and your looking for some heart pounding, badass downhill mountain biking compared to say the likes of Deer Valley, then once again look no further than Sundance.  This place is totally off the radar when it comes to down hill riding and I’m not really sure why. As a cross country rider and most certainly not a downhiller, I can absolutely say I was full on puckered on numerous occasions Sunday. The lines are steep, super technical and the drops are big. Something my cross country Rig just couldn’t quite handle. 

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Matt Baydala

Matt Baydala, originally from Rockville Centre, New York, sniffed his way to Park City, Utah in 2006. Since then, he has built a career as a Park City restaurant manager to accommodate his skiing lifestyle. His passion and appreciation for the diversity of Utah’s wintersports product make him the perfect Powderhound. "For me skiing The Greatest Snow on Earth® is not just a hobby; it’s an obsession," exclaimed Baydala. "Now I have the opportunity to share this awesome life we live out here with the entire skiing community."

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