Sundance Resort: A hub of summer fun

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The lifts at Sundance Resort don’t shut down when the snow melts but rather, get busier as bikers, hikers and moonlight lift riders take over where the skiers and snowboarders left off.

Charlie Baldridge of Seattle enjoys a day of mountain biking at the Sundance Resort.
Charlie Baldridge of Seattle enjoys a day of mountain biking at the Sundance Resort.

Sundance is perhaps most well known as a skiing and snowboarding destination, but it is also an outdoor haven for summer adventurers. With more than 10 miles of hiking, 25 miles of biking, four different trail rides for horseback riding and areas for fly fishing, the same terrain that makes winter sports so fun is just as enjoyable during the summer.

Among Sundance’s most popular activities are the scenic lift rides during the day and the full moon lift rides at night.

“We get quite a few students up here for date nights since there’s a lot of mountain activities and restaurants, but they especially come for the full moon lift rides,” said Lucy Ridolphi, marketing and public relations manager at Sundance Resort.

Remaining full moon lift rides will take place July 22–23, August 19–21 and September 19–21, from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Musicals and concerts are also great date ideas and family nights offered at Sundance.

The musical “Annie Get Your Gun,” in partnership with Utah Valley University, will be showing at the Eccles Outdoor Stage at the Sundance Resort.

“We are thrilled to be re-teaming with Sundance for this year’s production of ‘Annie Get Your Gun,'” Christopher Clark, Department Chair for Theatrical Arts Stage and Screen, said in a press release. “What I really love is that it’s a perfect fit for Sundance … I can’t wait to see it up on that beautiful stage.”

The musical will show every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting on July 25, with a final performance on August 17. Lawn general admission tickets are $20 per person, and bench assigned seating tickets are $24 per person.

The Blue Bird Cafe Concert Series will be bringing a lineup of unique country talent to Utah this summer. The Blue Bird Cafe Concert Series consists of an 11-year partnership with Nashville’s Blue Bird Cafe, which launched artists like Taylor Swift and Garth Brooks. General admission and reserved bench seating tickets are $25 per person.

“Whether or not you are a fan of country music, you will love the Blue Bird Cafe Concert Series, its stories, its music and its performances,” said Chad Linebaugh, Sundance general manager. “The outdoor stage is the perfect venue to bring a little bit of Nashville to Utah and showcase these great talents.”

Catch the last two concerts on July 12 and 19 at the Eccles Outdoor Stage.

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