Surrounded by dense forest, lush meadows, and cascading waterfalls, Sundance is an exquisite natural setting with an abundance of wildlife. Bounded by designated wilderness area and National Forest, the private lands of Sundance provide a rare opportunity to be in a spectacular natural setting. Small and intimate, Sundance is Robert Redford's art and environmental community. Elegant dining, great skiing, and summer theatre are just a few of many reasons to visit. People have been drawn to the North Fork Canyon at the base of Mount Timpanogos for many years. The Ute Indians came to this trackless wilderness to find their spiritual direction and to hunt abundant game. Around the turn of the century Andrew Jackson Stewart Jr. came to the canyon while working on a government survey. Captivated by the spectacular beauty of the area, he convinced his family to homestead in the canyon. After spending some years sheep herding, they began to sell small campsites along the creeks to families from the Utah Valley area as a place to escape the summer heat. When skiing became popular in the early 60's, Ray Stewart and his brothers opened Timphaven, equipped with a rope tow powered by a truck engine. Timphaven grew and the Stewarts began to sell homesites for cabins set in the canyon's forests. The first time Robert Redford visited the canyon, he immediately recognized the uniqueness of the area, and in 1969, he purchased Timphaven and much of the surrounding land from the Stewart family. His goal has been to create a place for artistic growth and outdoor recreation while protecting the fragile environment. This inspiration became Sundance, a truly unique community, a place where the arts and nature converge.
A quad lift and two triple chairlifts carry skiers to an altitude of 8,250 feet, where Alpine ski runs, suitable for all abilities, traverse some 450 acres with a vertical drop of 2,150 feet. The trail system includes 15k of groomed terrain for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. All runs at Sundance are open to snowboarding. Group and private instruction is available for skiers of all ages and abilities.
Evening activities include the complimentary Weekend Film Series shown in the Sundance Institute Screening Room, dining by candlelight in the Tree Room, or dining in a more casual atmosphere in the Foundry Grill. The Owl Bar features items from the Foundry Grill in the original 1890's rosewood bar frequented by Butch Cassidy's Hole-in-the-Wall Gang and relocated to Sundance from its prior home in Wyoming. Lodging guests can also enjoy book and video libraries found in the Sundance Guest Reception, or watch the Sundance Cable Channel which features films from the Sundance Film Festival.
Sundance lies at the heart of one of the best areas in the country for outdoor recreation. Area activities include horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, and fly fishing. The resort's ski lifts offer a scenic chair ride and access to Sundance's own hiking and biking trails, as well as the connecting trails of the Uinta National Forest. Guided fishing trips that include equipment rentals and a license are also available. Helicopter tours, hot-air balloon rides, windsurfing, sailing, jet skiing, waterskiing, and golfing are all available within 20 minutes of Sundance.
The Sundance Summer Theatre showcases polished and innovative theater productions for adults and children.
Productions are staged in the resort's natural amphitheater with a backdrop of old-growth fir trees set beneath the grandeur of Mount Timpanogos.
Concerts on two sundays each month in the Sundance Village feature the Sundance Chamber Players, jazz ensembles, and other live music.
Sundance Art Workshops are offered to Sundance guests and the Utah community and feature such activites as painting, photography, and organic crafts. The Sundance Weekends for the Arts include literary, music and film programs featuring local and national artists. Films featuring or directed by Robert Redford are available in the Screening Room at Sundance on Saturday nights.
"Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Institute"
Each year the Sundance Institute hosts a range of Labs for filmmakers, writers, playwrights, film composers, and other artists. Located at the Sundance Village in the Utah mountains, the Labs provide these artists with the resources to experiment and explore their ideas.
When the Sundance Institute assumed leadership of the US Film Festival in 1985, the Sundance Film Festival was born. But year after year, the Festival has changed and grown to become America's preeminent showcase for independent film.
And the Sundance Film Festival serves as the quintessential event for the independent film community. New films, new faces, new friendships come together for 10 days, but this takes place in Park City, Utah. I heard that a lot of actors prefer to have their movies open here in Sundance as opposed to Hollywood because of its seclusive and natural woods surrounding. I guess after being in the movies mecca they'd wanna be somewhere more peaceful and a place that brings you calmness of mind and spirit.
Sundance Village, located on 6,000 pristine acres at the base of 12,000 ft. Mount Timpanogos in the north fork of Provo Canyon, is a year-round mountain community for art and nature that fosters artistic pursuits and recreational activity while preserving the naturally beautiful and unique environment of Sundance.
If you go in the gift shop I recommend you gals get yourselves a bottle of the fig-vanilla hand lotion..... it is rich and soooooo good smelling!!!!! it'll make you feel like one of the many actors you often can see strolling 'round Sundance.
This is really cute...... all along the Village there is wooden signs that indicate/point in which direction is actually located (for example) Los Angeles, or London, etc.
"The Foundry Grill"
The Foundry Grill is a casual, three-meal-a-day restaurant with an incredible view of 12,000-foot Mt. Timpanogos. Its menu features hearty, down-home seasonal cooking. Peak flavor is achieved with cooking techniques that center on the restaurant's wood-burning grill, oven, and rotisserie. All dishes are seasoned and garnished with organically grown herbs and vegetables. During harvest season, items grown at Sundance Farms appear on the menu.
"The Owl Bar"
The restored 1890's Victorian rosewood bar (know to have been frequented by Butch Cassidy's Hole-in-the-Wall Gang and the Sundance Kid) was moved from Thermopolis, Wyoming to Sundance in 1994 to provide the centerpiece for the Owl Bar. Named after bandits known as the Owl Hoots, The Owl Bar is a gathering spot for resort guests and members. Located next to the Foundry grill, a limited menu is available. Remember that the Owl Bar is a Private Club free to Lodging guests and $5 for a Temp Membership for up to 5 guests.