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UTAH STORM BRINGS SUNDANCE THE BEST POWDER OF THE DECADE

 SUNDANCE, Utah, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- In the midst of what is reported as one of Utah's heaviest and most dramatic snow storms since 1928, Robert Redford's award-winning sanctuary Sundance, an hour from Salt Lake City and 15 minutes from the town of Provo, is experiencing its best skiing powder in 10 years.
 According to Sundance Safety Coordinator Corey Child, "Last Thursday we had 46 inches of snow. We are now up to 85 inches -- doubling our snow depth in just five days -- an amazing feat for Sundance, let alone for January. This compares with 60 inches of snow depth all of last year. We are waist deep in beautiful skiing snow."
 Sundance has just reopened hours ago to the general public now that avalanche control teams have completed their safety review. Four teams at the resort and one Utah state helicopter dropped explosives on the critical avalanche areas. The results were astounding even to the most experienced avalanche experts.
 The control teams confirmed avalanches in Lost Creek Canyon and Slide Canyon, both of which lead to Provo Canyon Highway 189. The North Fork of Provo Canyon leading to Sundance was the only canyon that did not slide in an avalanche. The roads leading to Sundance opened this afternoon. Sundance's lower two lifts are open. The remainder of this mountain will open tomorrow.
 "Our mountain has never been more ready to ski. Jerry Hill, who has run the mountain for 26 years and knows it like the back of his hand, has ensured this. The slopes are groomed, cat drivers have been working around the clock, and the staff has been tireless in preparing for this reopening. We were just waiting for reassurance that everything was safe for skiing. Only the road kept the mountain from working," Child concluded.
 Of the 101 guests who were staying at the resort, 25 opted to stay on and enjoy the pristine beauty of Sundance. The others left over the last 24 hours by helicopter, caravan and individual cars by 8 a.m. today.
 Bob Bartles, a guest from Meriden, N.H., is one of the guests who stayed on. Why? "I came for a quiet time," said Bartles. "Nothing could be better than this. The mountain opening for skiing is a bonus. I got the quiet I came for. I think its fun to be part of an adventure, and this is certainly one of those. To me, this is being in the right place at the right time and doing the right thing."
 As he headed up to the ski lift this afternoon, novelist Paul Theroux claimed that Sundance offered, "the most beautiful snow I've ever seen. This is a winter wonderland."
 Bill Shoaf, vice president and general manager of Sundance, commented the resort has been perfectly intact throughout the storm. "We were fortunate Sundance remained operational even though everything shut down around us. We have fresh food supplies, propane and most important an enthusiastic staff has been streaming in since 6 a.m. this morning.
 "We will have fabulous snow right into April. The timing couldn't be more perfect. In nine days, the Sundance Film Festival will begin in Park City. We have a few rooms available. The dates for the festival are Jan. 21-31 and we'll feature double the number of films shown last year. Combine that with the best skiing in 10 years at Sundance -- and you have a potential season most resorts dream of."
 Sundance is owned by actor/director Redford and his family and is managed by the Sundance Enterprises. In 1991, it was named the Best Resort Sanctuary of the year by the Hideaway Report. For reservations and more information, call 800-892-1600 or 801-225-4107, or write Sundance Resort, RR 3, Box A-1, Sundance, UT 84604.
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 /CONTACT: Tina Struble, director of sales of Sundance, 801-225-4107; or Sheila Donnelly of Sheila Donnelly & Associates, 808-949-4131, for Sundance/


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