Sundance Mountain Resort: Our Story Begins Here

Sundance Mountain Resort

 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 called Timp Haven.

Investors began eyeing the picturesque locale as a place to erect expansive condominiums, but Redford wanted “to develop a little and 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.

Robert Redford

“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

Under the leadership and direction of our founder Robert Redford, our vision is to create an unspoiled and authentic experience in this intimate mountain resort where art, nature, and commerce unite to inspire and develop people, voices, and ideas.

Our Mission

To provide transformational experiences and genuine service executed passionately.

Meet Our General Manager

Chad Linebaugh

Sundance General Manager Chad Linebaugh grew up skiing at Sundance in the late 1970s. He then went on to explore the world where his interest in the outdoors took him to San Diego and the Fiji Islands. His love of home soon 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. In 1998, 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. Chad is also 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 the resort employees and ensuring that all guests’ needs are met. He is committed to helping guests find their own unique Sundance Experience so they too can fall in love with this beautiful place in the mountains.



  • #1 Resort in Utah by Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards
  • Liftopia Winner – Best in Snow 2017
  • Certificate of Excellence, 2016 – TripAdvisor
  • Best of State 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 – Best Vacation Resort.
  • Ranked 30th in Travel+Leisure’s World’s Best List 2014.
  • Conde Nast Traveler Top 100 Readers Choice Awards 2013.
  • Best of State 2002-2014 – The Tree Room – American Artisan; 2010 BOSS Award, Best Overall Restaurant in Utah.
  • 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.
  • Best of State 2010 – 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.


  • Forbes 4 Star Rating – Tree Room
  • Wine Spectator Award of Excellence – Tree Room
  • OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award – Foundry Grill
  • Best of State 2008-2013 – Zoom in Park City – American Continental
  • Best of State 2010-2012 – The Foundry Grill: 2010-2012 – Casual Dining – Brunch


  • Fodor’s Travel – Summer’s 10 Best Outdoor Theater Experiences


  • Top 20 Honeymoon Destinations in America by Bride Magazine
  • 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
  • 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 receives honorable mention by Ski Magazine for “Best Green Development” (2008)
  • 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

Recent Press about Sundance Mountain Resort


Sundance Press Releases

Sundance Family

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

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.

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Local Partners
Sundance TV

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.

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Sundance Catalog

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.

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Sundance Cinemas

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.

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