Sundance Ski Resort

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Sundance Ski Resort, nestled at the base of Mt. Timpanogos in the Wasach Mountains of Utah, was created by actor/entrepreneur Robert Redford. The view from the summit of neighboring Uinta Peaks rivals the view from any resort in the West. With 450 acres of ski terrain, it is rather small compared to many ski resorts, but fans swear the powder lasts longer on this mountain than any other.

Without a doubt, Sundance is one of the quirkiest ski areas in the West. Redford bought two acres on the mountain back in 1961 and built a cabin, where he lived with his family between movie shoots. In the late 1960s, the craze of development began and Redford was determined to preserve his mountain. He bought an additional 3,000 acres and created the Sundance Institute. The Sundance Institute draws famous writers, directors and filmmakers and from it came the famous Sundance Film Festival. In order to supports the arts, Redford realized the area had to make money, so he created the ski resort, but was determined to keep it small, inconspicuous and green!

That’s why Sundance draws an extremely eclectic crowd. You may spend the day on the slopes, and then listen to a lecture by a famous author or filmmaker or join a pottery class. If you are die-hard skier and are looking for challenges to keep you busy for a week or 10 days, this probably isn’t the resort. Sundance has only 41 runs, ranging from beginner to expert, but it does have some neat bowl and chute skiing and very long-lasting powder. The Cross Country Ski Center offers 26 miles of trails, plus separate trails for snowshoeing through gorgeous backcountry woods and meadows.

At the base of the mountain are a collection of small cabins and homes, which also make the experience unique. Unlike the glitzy resort mountain towns with huge hotels, Sundance remains small, intimate and wonderfully quirky. In fact, you leave your car in a parking area and hike or hitch a ride to your cabin on one of the resort’s Toyota Hybrids — remember, the resort is all about being green. In fact the resort is so green that it has partnered with Utah’s Power’s Blue Sky Program and Utah Clean Energy Alliance to replace 100 percent of the traditional power use with clean, pollution-free wind power, enough to keep 1,157 tons of CO2 emissions out of the atmosphere each year. Other green practices include a complete recycling program, use of green products whenever possible, organic foods, deck furniture made from milk jugs, and a dozen other nifty ideas. Guest are encouraged to join in by recycling whatever they use during their stay and cabins are cleaned with non-toxic cleaning supplies. Finally, Sundance partners with the not-for profit Sundance Preserve to engage in innovative and sustainable land management practices, hence the reason why there are only 450 acres to ski on.

The off-slope activities at Sundance are just as unique as the resort itself. For instance, you can take a pottery class, make jewelry, paint or draw, take a photography class or visit the glassblowers studio and watch as the resort recycles its wine bottles and broken stemware. The Sundance Gallery also offers features exhibits from a number of prominent artists and is well worth the visit.

Dining in Sundance is another unique experience. The famous Tree Room (a large tree burst from the floor and through the ceiling, hence the name) offers products fresh from the earth to your table. Recipient of the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond award and the Wine Spectator award, the Tree Room serves seasonal mountain cuisine. The artwork in the Tree Room comes from Robert Redford’s private collection of Native American arts and crafts.

During the summer months, Sundance offers just as many fun things to do as it does in the winter. Outdoor activities including hiking, biking, river rafting, fly fishing, horseback riding, golfing and a great kids camp.

Over the years, the resorts has won numerous awards:

  • In 2009, Sundance won the Sequoia Green Business Award from Utah Business Magazine’s Green Awards.
  • Conde Nast Traveler lists Sundance Resort among the Top 10 of the Top 50 Best Ski Hotels in the U.S. & Canada in their December 2009 issue.
  • Conde Nast Traveler ranks Sundance Resort 27th among the Top 75 Mainland U.S. Resorts in their November 2009 issue.
  • Best of State, Best Vacation Resort June 2009
  • Listed in Conde Nast Traveler’s Fifteenth Annual Gold List in the January 09 issue.
  • Ranked ninth in Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 50 2008 Best Places to Ski and Stay.
  • Listed in the 2008 National Geographic Stay List
  • 2007 Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers Poll—Sundance Resort ranked 2nd in Top 50 U.S. Mainland Resorts

And the list goes on and on!

Sundance Resort
8841 N. Alpine Loop Road
Sundance, Utah 84604
Phone: 866-259-7468
Lodging Reservations: 800-892-1600
www.sundanceresort.com

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