Romance is in the air for Sundance moonlight lift ride


Love is in the air at Sundance Mountain Resort. The Full Moon Lift offers riders both a view and a chance for romance.

Each offseason, the resort hosts “Full Moon Lift Rides,” where riders are able to catch a lift underneath the full moon for 45 minutes to an hour.

According to marketing manager Annie Davis, the resort has been hosting the event for nine years.

“It’s extremely popular as Sundance is one of the few — if not the only — resorts that do something like this,” Davis said in an email.

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The Sundance Full Moon Lift Ride provides a romantic view of the Utah night sky. The next Full Moon Lift Ride will be from July 21-23. (Sundance Resort)

Many students associate the Full Moon Lift Ride with romance and have used it as a date idea. Trevor Harmon, a senior studying information systems, recommended it for people who are already dating.

“It was enjoyable to go and and enjoy the lift at night with somebody that I was dating,” Harmon said. “I’m not sure I’d do it with somebody I’m not dating.”

The resort’s Scenic Lift Rides during daytime hours also provides access to a full day of activities: more than 25 miles of mountain biking trails and more than 10 miles of hiking trails are accessible via lift.

“The hike to Stewart Falls is one of the most popular and beautiful hikes in the state,” Davis said. “Now that we have the ZipTour, guests can also take (the) Arrowhead Lift up to the very top of our mountain and enjoy the 360 degree views of the Wasatch Range.”

Guests can even get creative with their visits. Angela Kimball, a senior studying communications disorders, was taking bridal portraits at the resort and decided to use the lift for photos with her then-fiancé Zach. She had also ridden the lift before prior to her portrait session.

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Angela Kimball and her husband, Zach, took their wedding photos at the Sundance lifts. Sundance Mountain Resort offers many lifts for customers over the summer. (Ashley Wawro)

“It’s a good view. I like riding the lift because it gets you up higher so you can see nature,” Kimball said. “It’s really fun.”

Beyond the summer lift options, Sundance also houses the type of amenities one can expect at a resort. With relaxing spa options, art classes, fine dining, zip lines and various hikes, there is something for everyone.

“Sundance truly has something to offer anyone, any age, wanting to enjoy and reconnect with nature,” Davis said.

The Full Moon Lift Ride will be available next from July 21-23. Its hours of operation are 8:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. and riders are advised to bring warm clothing, because mountain temperatures can be colder than temperatures in the valley. The cost is $17 to ride, and although there are not student discounts, season pass holders can ride the lifts for free.

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