Long ago, the Utes would escape the summer's heat by heading up the canyon to the base Mount Timpanogos. They would lounge in the cool mountain air and sleep by the stream.

Now, [R442R, Sundance Resort] works off that heritage and offers a similar getaway, with a twist. The Utah resort makes winter the time for an escape from the rat race with its stay-and-ski packages for both tourists and Utahns. Out-of-state visitors who book a night in one of Sundance's lodging facilities get two free tickets for skiing or riding on the 41 runs and 450 acres of the Sundance mountain.

Utah residents who seek a break from the hustle and bustle of the Salt Lake basin get a similar deal. They get two free lift passes for every night they spend at one of Sundance's private mountain cottages. In-state guests must should have valid Utah identification and mention "UTSKI" when making the reservation.

Room rates vary, according to when reservations are made. The Sundance website recently listed a standard room as costing $199 for a weekday stay, and $229 if the stay is on a weekend night. Bookings must be made 10 days in advance in order to assure the lodging-ticket package is valid, and room upgrades begin at $20.

Sundance has eight different grades of lodging, from rooms to suites, that are located near the base of the mountain.

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