Monday, January 28, 2019

Cross Country Skiing at Sundance Nordic Center

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Cross Country Skiing at Sundance Nordic Center
The Sundance Nordic Center is located right next to the Sundance Ski Resort, in American Fork Canyon. There are 15 k (9.3 miles) of groomed ski trails, and 10 k (6 miles) of snowshoe trails. I had all day to explore, so my goal was to try and ski all 9.3 miles of trail! I was pretty close, coming in at 7 miles for the day, only because one of the trails was closed due to recent avalanches. Sundance Nordic offers trails for all skill levels, and all trails wind through pristine backcountry. Sundance Nordic sits at 7,000 ft, and the surrounding views can't be beat. Grab your skis (or rent!) and a trail map, and let's go!

From SLC head south on I-15, and take exit 272 heading East. Follow W 800 E, until you reach the split for Provo Canyon, and take 189 East. Drive through the canyon until you see the sign for Sundance, and turn left. Drive up HWY 92, until you see the sign for Sundance Nordic Center, and turn left on Timphaven Road.

Here is a driving map.

Distance: Sundance Nordic offers 15 k miles of groomed trails
Elevation gain: varies by trail
Dog friendly? No, dogs are not allowed 
Kid friendly? Yes!

Ticket Prices
Adult Full Day - $18
Adult Half Day (2-5pm) - $14
Child Full Day (ages 7-17) - $9
Child Half Day - $6
Ages under 6 and older than 65 - Free! 

For rental prices, call Sundance Nordic at 801.223.4170.
Cross Country Skiing at Sundance Nordic Center
Ready to pick up my ski pass at the Nordic Center yurt!
Cross Country Skiing at Sundance Nordic Center
To get started skiing, you can go right or left - both routes will go uphill to begin with. 
Cross Country Skiing at Sundance Nordic Center
Time to strip layers, and work hard up a steeper hill.
Cross Country Skiing at Sundance Nordic Center
I was testing out some different skis, that have a small skin on the bottom. I felt like these were extra slippery for me, making the uphill harder.
Cross Country Skiing at Sundance Nordic Center
Weeee! The downhill is so much fun!
Cross Country Skiing at Sundance Nordic Center
I absolutely loved the freshly groomed tracks.
Cross Country Skiing at Sundance Nordic Center
Winding my way through the trees. As you continue to ski down Lena's Loop, you'll have a view of Stewart Falls as well! This was my favorite ski trail of the day - just make sure you ski it in a counterclockwise direction so you get more downhill. If you're looking for a workout and want uphill, then ski this clockwise.
Cross Country Skiing at Sundance Nordic Center
What a beautiful day to be outside. On a Wednesday morning I only saw two other skiers. So nice!
Cross Country Skiing at Sundance Nordic Center
After skiing on the Rossignol R-SKIN's for about an hour, I went back and traded them out for my own skis, Alpina's. What can I say, I like my own gear :)

I'm glad I tried the new skis out, but they were a bit too long and slippery for me. 
Cross Country Skiing at Sundance Nordic Center
I did take a mini lesson in Skate Skiing, and I picked it up much faster than when I tried back in 2010-2011. The skis are very different, the uphill is way harder for me with my asthma, but I did like the gliding action and flow on the downhill.

Be sure to catch my new YouTube video and see me in action!




My ski track for the day!


Huge thank you to Sundance Nordic Center for setting me up with skis and a quick lesson!
Cross Country Skiing at Sundance Nordic Center
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Cross Country Skiing at Sundance Nordic Center

2 comments:

  1. Just beautiful! How sweet to have all those fresh groomed trails. Lucky you:)

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