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Skip the Film Festival & Ski Sundance, Steven Nyman Style

18th December 2013 | Kelley McMillan

News Regions: Utah

Resorts in this article: Sundance

Skip the Film Festival & Ski Sundance, Steven Nyman Style- ©Mitch Gunn

Nyman on track to win the 2012 downhill in Val Gardena, Italy.

Copyright: Mitch Gunn

The 450-acre ski resort of Sundance, Utah groomed Steven Nyman to be one of the fastest skiers on the planet. Nyman, 31, is a downhiller on the U.S. ski team, but his illustrious career started on Sundance’s slopes, where his father ran the ski school and put Nyman on skis at 2 years old.

By 9, he was racing for Sundance, and 10 years later, he made the U.S ski team. Now, Nyman has four World Cup podiums under his belt and has made three Olympic appearances, and his dad owns a ski shop at Sundance. Needless to say, Sundance, and skiing, run in Nyman’s blood.

Despite skiing some of the world’s best resorts for work, Nyman still loves coming home to Sundance. “It is low key and super scenic,” he says of the resort, which was bought in 1969 by Robert Redford, whose lawn Nyman tended to as a kid.

Yes, with its views of Mount Timpanogos, Sundance sure is pretty, but coupled with its high-profile owner and eponymous film festival, Sundance is also a world-class bastion of culture, arts, dining and of course, skiing.

From where to take an art class to where to ski on a powder day, read on to discover Nyman’s insider tips for making the most of your next trip to Sundance.

Nyman skiing Sundance with his aunt after a two-foot storm.  - © Steven Nyman

Nyman skiing Sundance with his aunt after a two-foot storm.

Copyright: Steven Nyman

Favorite run: Far East

Best lift: Flathead

Best hike-to terrain: Little Japan

Best trees: Little Japan

Best groomer: Wildflower

Secret stash: Far East

Best month to ski your resort: February. Lots of powder!

Where to ski on a powder day: Start with the trees left of Wildflower then hit up Tombstone. Then head for Grizzly and Bishops bowls. Try and time the opening of the bowls—Griz tends to be first, then Bishops.

Best on-mountain dining: Bearclaw, the only mountain-top lodge in Utah. Get the nachos. 

Best restaurant in town: Foundry Grill or Tree Room.

Best breakfast: Sunday brunch at the Foundry Grill can’t be beat.

Best après: Owl Bar. There’s live music sometimes, and this spot is a refurbished 1890s bar from Wyoming, once frequented by Butch Cassidy and the Hole in the Wall gang.

Best hotel: There aren’t any hotels at Sundance, instead everyone stays in one of the resort’s cabins or luxury mountain homes. You can’t go wrong with one of the cabins.

Insider secret: Flathead lift is the hidden gem of for skiing—lots of different terrain and tons of fun. 

Best off-mountain activity: Cross-country skiing at the Nordic center or taking an art class at the Art Studios.

Best ski shop: Nymans Ski and Snowboard.

Best skis for skiing your resort: The Fischer Watea line is great. They make great turns on groomers but also rip in powder.

If you’re visiting Sundance, don’t forget to bring: Your camera because the views are amazing! 


Nyman on track to win the 2012 downhill in Val Gardena, Italy. - © Mitch Gunn
Nyman's father Scott gives his son some early race tips. - © Steven Nyman
Nyman working on his air at Sundance. - © Steven Nyman
Nyman training super G at Val Gardena, Italy, the sight of his two World Cup wins. - © Mitch Gunn

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