In 1969, Robert Redford bought the land now known as Sundance and envisioned the careful growth of a community committed to the balance of art, nature and community. Today, Sundance offers an atmosphere steeped in cultural heritage, inspired by the Ute tribes that first inhabited this canyon and continuing through the early 20th century as the Stewarts, a family of Scottish immigrants homesteaded the area. The second generation of Stewarts developed the mountain into a small ski resort, Timp Haven.
Investors began eyeing the picturesque locale as a place to erect expansive condominiums, but Redford wanted to preserve the land and “to develop a little and to preserve a great deal.” Rejecting advice from New York investors to fill the canyon with an explosion of lucrative hotels and condominiums, Redford saw his newly acquired land as an ideal locale for environmental conservation and artistic experimentation.
In 1981, the Sundance Institute was founded here at Sundance Mountain Resort, followed by the Sundance Catalog in 1988. Many writers, directors, actors and artists have been inspired by the beauty of this canyon. Years of experimentation and refinement have ultimately resulted in what we now call Sundance. It’s Sundance’s ability to blend process and place that makes it dynamically unique and places it on uncharted waters on a steady course all of its own.
“People here come from all walks of life, but one belief is shared: our community should represent who we are and what we believe. Sundance is an arts community, a recreational community, a community of people who appreciate the beauty of nature and feel the responsibility to preserve it. We want to help you find those elements of the Sundance experience which will most meet your needs and your dreams. As you'll see, Sundance has many shapes, many moods, and many possibilities. Somewhere in our community awaits an experience which belongs to you and we are committed to helping you find it.”
- Robert Redford
Vision & Mission
Our Vision is to create a dynamic and significant experience for people, their voices, and ideas. We will build an intimate community preserve that maintains the balance of Art and Nature and Community and Individuality. We will be a haven for discovery and inspiration that celebrates the spirit of Sundance.
Our Mission: Create the Sundance Experience!
Meet Our General Manager
Sundance General Manager Chad Linebaugh grew up skiing at Sundance in the late 1970s. He then went on to explore the world where his love of the outdoors took him to San Diego and the Fiji Islands. But, soon his love of home led him back to Utah. He graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Business.
He began working at Sundance in 1994 as a line employee in Food and Beverage and quickly worked his way up, becoming a captain in the Tree Room restaurant. In 1997, Chad became a Sales Manager and, in 1999, was named National Sales Manager at Sundance. He then became the Director of Sales and Marketing before becoming the Resort’s General Manager in 2006. Shortly afterward, Chad spearheaded an effort to bring the popular Sundance Summer Theatre back after a five-year hiatus. As General Manager, Chad has led Sundance to garner consecutive Conde Nast Traveler awards, as well as awards from Travel+Leisure and Utah’s Best of State.
Chad has served on the Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors and was board member for Meeting Professionals International as Vice President of Communications. He currently serves on the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors. Currently, Chad is on the board of Utah Valley University’s School of the Arts. Chad was named in Utah Valley’s Business Q Magazine as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in 2008 and in the Utah Business Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2010. Chad remains passionate about the environmental initiatives practiced at the resort and feels a deep responsibility to help protect the area.
Chad continues to actively take part in the frontline happenings of the resort, getting to know all the employees and ensuring that all guests’ needs are met. He is committed to helping guests find their own unique Sundance Experience so that they, too, can fall in love with this place in the mountains.
- Ranked 30th in Travel+Leisure's World's Best List 2014.
- Conde Nast Traveler Top 100 Readers Choice Awards 2013.
- Best of State 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 – Best Vacation Resort.
- Top 10 Green Spas in 2013 by Organic Spa Magazine - April 2013.
- The Spa at Sundance was named a top-5 winner in Spa magazine's 2011 Silver Sage Readers' Choice.
- Sundance Mountain Resort was ranked #18 in Travel+Leisure's list of top 50 U.S. Resorts on the 2011 World's Best list.
- The Spa at Sundance was ranked 71st out of the Top 250 Spas in the U.S., Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, and at Sea in Conde Nast Traveler (June 2011).
- Sundance Mountain Resort was ranked #8 for Top 50 Ski Hotels and #19 for Top 20 Ski Resorts in North America on the Conde Nast Traveler's December 2010 issue.
- Sundance Mountain Resort was ranked 58th out of 100 in Conde Nast Traveler's Annual Reader's Poll, November 2010. Sundance has consistently been ranked on this readers poll over the last 10 years.
- The Spa at Sundance receives Utah's 2010 Best of State award for Best Day Spa.
- Conde Nast Traveler lists Sundance Mountain 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 Mountain Resort 27th among the Top 75 Mainland U.S. Resorts in their November 2009 issue.
- Listed in Conde Nast Traveler’s Fifteenth Annual Gold List in the January 2009 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 Mountain Resort ranked 2nd in Top 50 U.S. Mainland Resorts.
- Travel+Leisure, Jan. 2007, Top 500 Hotels in the World.
- Best of State, Best Vacation Resort June 2006.
- Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List, January 2006
- Conde Nast Traveler's Top 100 Readers Choice Awards 2005. Sundance Mountain Resort was ranked 6th for U.S. Resorts and 88th for the Best of the Best Resorts in the World.
- Sundance was named to Travel+Leisure's 2005 annual Greatest Hotels and Resorts in the World.
- October 2004, Travel+Leisure Family named Sundance one of the top 50 Family Resorts.
- August 2004, Travel+Leisure named Sundance one of the World's Best Top 100 Resorts
- Forbes 2004 List of Top 10 Coolest Resorts
- Conde Nast Traveler readers voted Sundance one of the top 75 resorts in all of North America, 2003. Sundance also received the best service rating in its history from Conde Nast.
- Conde Nast Traveler's Reader's Choice Gold's List Awards for Top 100 World's Best Places to Stay, Top Hotels, Resorts and Cruise Lines" 1998, 1999, 2002.
- Forbes 4 Star Rating - Tree Room.
- Wine Spectator Award of Excellence - Tree Room.
- Best of State 2002-2014 - The Tree Room - American Artisan; 2010 BOSS Award, Best Overall Restaurant in Utah.
- Best of State 2008-2013 - Zoom in Park City - American Continental.
- Best of State 2010-2012 - The Foundry Grill: 2010-2012 - Casual Dining - Brunch.
- Tree Room Received Wine Spectator’s 2009 Award of Excellence.
- Tree Room receives a top ranking in the 2008 Zagat survey.
- 2008 Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List, Ranked 2nd Best of Food.
- Zagat's Survey 2005-2007 America's Top Restaurants, The Tree Room received a 27 rating, which is defined as extraordinary to perfection. No. 1 rating for food among Utah restaurants. Along with high scores, Zagat's said the (Tree Room) "will make you weep with joy."
- Smart Meeting Platinum Award 2007-2013.
- Top 20 Honeymoon Destinations in America by Bride Magazine - June 2012.
- 2012 Best of State award for Bridal/Wedding Services.
- Sundance Mountain Resort was ranked 9th at 82.2% in the 2011 Ski Area Citizen's Coalition Ski Area Report Card.
- Sundance listed number 5 in the Ski Area Citizens' Coalition for environmental stewardship (2009/2010 season).
- Sundance Mountain Resort receives the 2009 Sequoia Green Business Award fromUtah Business Magazine. The Sequoia award honors businesses that have matured into a completely green business in practice and purpose.
- 2009 SpaFinder Readers' Choice Award, the Spa at Sundance ranked among the Top 10 for Best Environmental Practices.
- Sundance Mountain Resort recognized for its environmental efforts -
Ueberroth Family Foundation donates $5000 to charity on behalf of Sundance Mountain Resort in recognition of the GIFTTS Award the resort received from the Preferred Hotel Group.
- Sundance listed number 3 in the Ski Area Citizens' Coalition for environmental stewardship (2008/2009 season).
- Sundance receives honorable mention by Ski Magazine for "Best Green Development" (2008).
- Sundance listed number 4 in the Ski Area Citizens' Coalition for environmental stewardship (2007/2008 season).
- 2000 Achievement Award in Pollution Prevention presented by the Utah Pollution Prevention Association for recycling in the glassworks studio (November 2001).
- Sundance Mountain Resort is ranked in the top 10 Green Resorts by the Ski Area Coalition.
- Received the Reed Smoot Environmental Award 2004 from the Provo Orem Chamber of Commerce.
- Presented the Family Resort of the Year Award by Golden Ski Awards, presented by the editors and contributors of The Good Skiing & Snowboarding Guide 2003 for resorts and amenities that have provided an outstanding level of service to visiting skiers and snowboarders over the 2001-2002 season.
- Sundance was chosen number 8 in the top 20 listing of U.S. resorts in Travel+Leisure, October 2004 issue. The listing was part of the magazines listing of poll winners of the Travel+Leisure Family Top 50 family friendly resorts in the Continental U.S., Canada, Hawaii, Mexico, Central and South America.
Recent Press about Sundance Mountain Resort
Sundance Press Releases
Sundance, the place, has given birth to a variety of powerful businesses all sharing the same core philosophy. Born of independent thought and creative execution, today the Sundance name represents innovation and change in all its manifestations. From the Sundance Preserve, Sundance Institute, Sundance Resort, Sundance Channel to the Sundance Catalog, the Sundance ventures touch millions of people every day.
Sundance Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.
SundanceTV is a cable television network devoted to airing independent feature films, world cinema, documentaries, short films, and original programs, such as news about the latest developments from each year's Sundance Film Festival. All are shown uncut and without commercials.
When Sundance was first established in 1969, there was a tiny store (the General Store) at the base of the resort which guests would frequently write to, requesting special items they had seen while visiting Sundance. Twenty years passed and requests for the store's unique offerings spread beyond the box canyon. People who had visited Sundance began to write back to the store from all over the country: "Do you have any more of that item, and could I get it sent to me?" and people they knew wrote, "I saw an item my friend purchased at Sundance. Would it be possible for me to buy one?"
Robert Redford called together a few of his colleagues to discuss starting a mail-order catalog to fill these requests and to make Sundance's unique items available to a wider audience. It started small. Four employees working from the old Sundance Resort firehouse put together the first Sundance Catalog, which mailed in the fall of 1989 to a relatively small group of General Store customers and friends.
Balancing the Triangle of Art, Commerce, and Environment
The concept of Sundance Cinemas defines and enriches the specialized exhibition business by raising the bar with exciting facilities that feature excellent presentation, upscale amenities, and value added customer services, all in a comfortable environment. We offer the best films in the marketplace for a discerning audience. In addition, Sundance Cinemas provides special event programming, educational programs, and other local events that make our facilities an important part of the fabric of its community.