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Our story begins here.

The Sundance History

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.

It’s about art and conservation

“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.”

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.

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

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.

A Few of Our Accolades

Top 10 Hotel Instagrams to Follow

Forbes, 2018

Top 10 Hotel Instagrams to Follow in August

Forbes, 2019

Best Resorts in the West

Condé Nast Reader’s Choice Awards, 2018

Top 10 Resorts in the West – #6

Condé Nast Reader’s Choice Awards, 2019

Diner’s Choice Award (Tree Room)

Open Table, 2019

Diner’s Choice Award (Foundry Grill)

Open Table, 2018

#1 Resort in Utah

Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards

Top 100

Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards, 2013

Top 250 Spas in the U.S., Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, and at Sea – #71

Condé Nast Traveler,
June 2011

Top 50 Ski Hotels – #8

Top 20 Ski Resorts in North America – #19

Condé Nast Traveler,
December 2010

Top 50 Best Ski Hotels in the U.S. & Canada
– Top 10

Condé Nast Traveler,
December 2009

Top 75 Mainland U.S. Resorts – #27

Condé Nast Traveler,
November 2009

Fifteenth Annual Gold List

Condé Nast Traveler,
January 2009

Top 50 Best Places to Ski and Stay – #9

Condé Nast Traveler, 2008

Winner: Best in Snow

Liftopia, 2018

Certificate of Excellence

Trip Advisor, 2016

Best of State – Best Vacation Resort

2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016

Best of State – Best Day Spa


World’s Best List – 30th

Travel+Leisure, 2014

Top 50 U.S. Resorts – #18

World’s Best 2011

Best of State
(The Tree Room – American Artisan)


Best Overall Restaurant in Utah

BOSS Award, 2010

Top 10 Green Spas in 2013

Organic Spa Magazine, April 2013

Silver Sage Readers’ Choice – Top-5

Spa magazine, 2011

Summer’s 10 Best Outdoor Theater Experiences

Fodor’s Travel

Top 20 Honeymoon Destinations in America

Bride Magazine

Best of State – Bridal/Wedding Services


Environmental Stewardship – #5

Ski Area Citizen’s Coalition,
2009/2010 season

Sequoia Green Business Award

Utah Business Magazine. The Sequoia award honors businesses that have matured into a completely green business in practice and purpose,

Top 10 for Best Environmental Practices

SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Award,


Preferred Hotel Group

“Best Green Development”

Honorable Mention from Ski Magazine,

Top 10 Green Resorts

Ski Area Coalition

Reed Smoot Environmental Award

Provo Orem Chamber of Commerce,

Ranked 9th at 82.2%

Ski Area Citizen’s Coalition Ski Area Report Card,

Forbes 4 Star Rating
(Tree Room)


OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award

OpenTable Diner

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence (Tree Room)

Wine Spectator

Best of State
– American Continental
(Zoom, Park City)


Best of State – Casual Dining Brunch
( The Foundry Grill)


The 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.

Local Partners

Unique Utah Homes

Sundance is proud to be partnered with Unique Utah Homes to provide experienced real estate information and assistance in and surrounding Sundance Mountain Resort.

Explore Utah

Explore Utah Valley (non-profit) is the official destination marketing organization for Utah County, Utah.

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