They Keep Things Quiet at Sundance

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SUNDANCE, Utah -- Discriminating skiers who hope to avoid crowds can make tracks to Sundance here.

The resort, which is part of an arts and recreational community founded by Robert Redford in 1969, makes no bones about keeping its ambience calm and quiet.

For one thing, no snowboarders are allowed, despite the sport's increasing popularity.

For another, no more than 1,000 skiers are permitted to ski the mountain at one time.

This is despite the fact that the trails wind through 6,000 acres of Alpine terrain.

Guests who would prefer this type of atmosphere will find even more to write home about this ski season.

The resort is opening a day lodge called Creekside, which is double the size of last year's ski base.

The facility will house ski- school facilities, rentals, the Sundance Kids Camp center and a conference facility looking out on Mount Timpanogos.

Access to the beginner's terrain, located on the front mountain, and the advanced terrain on the back mountain have been improved this year through the addition of a new quad lift.

A Nordic base facility also has been installed, and trails have been extended.

Fans of cross-country can ski at night Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Food and shopping options are more numerous this season with the addition of the Foundry Grill, which features Western cuisine such as trout cooked on a rock.

The Owl Bar has been restored to its condition in the 1890s, when it drew such outlaws as Butch Cassidy and his Hole-in-the-Wall Gang.

The Sundance Grocery and Deli offers local fare for more casual eating.

Accommodations through March 31 are priced at $195 for a standard cottage to $425 for a one-bedroom suite.

The prices are based on a five-night minimum stay.

Ski lessons are available, ranging from $30 per person for a half-day group lesson to $65 for a one-hour, semiprivate lesson.

A Sundance Kids program

is available for children ages 4 to 12.

The full-day program costs $80 per child for lessons, lift tickets, activities and lunch.

The half-day version is priced at $50 per child.

Lift tickets cost $35 for a full day, $27 for a half day.

Children pay $22 and $16, respectively.

Nonskiers or clients who want a break from the slopes can try snowshoeing as well as free screenings of the films that have been shown at the renowned Sundance Film Festival.

Live concerts, painting workshops and organic crafts workshops are available.

The resort boasts cottages decorated in stone and Native American-inspired furnishings.

To make reservations or for additional information about Sundance, call (800) 892-1600 or (801) 225-4107.

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