Sundance Resort says it’s no joke that a new lift will debut on the back mountain for the 2022-23 season. The Doppelmayr fixed grip quad chair will service four new low angle trails and unload near the top of Jake’s lift. “It has long been a goal of the resort to provide additional terrain on our mountain,” noted Sundance President and General Manager Chad Linebaugh. “This new area has great natural light with abundant sunshine; I am confident it will be a new favorite area for early morning runs and laps throughout the day for families.” When the project is complete, Sundance will feature a total of six chairlifts on two mountains.
Sundance’s new owners and Doppelmayr completed two new quad chairlifts last summer as part of a major rebuilding effort and the next new lift will be similar to Stairway. That project included a new snowmaking system which will be expanded to cover the 15 acres of terrain being added this summer.
The additional side country options this opens up off of Flathead plus the additional, more interesting means to get back to the front side make this a pretty interesting lift well beyond the new on-map terrain it serves.
Sundance is my home mountain and I really like this addition. I don’t think I’ll ski the terrain much, but it’s a really pretty area of the mountain and will be great for beginners and intermediates. It’s also right next to their snowmaking pond and new pump house, so they will be able to blast snow here like crazy.
I think giving beginners a really nice place to learn and take some fun runs is worth it. Also, as Mike B says, will give an interesting way to get off the back mountain.
I also wonder if this could oben up the far east ridge to allow for more skiing down to this lift.