A vast mountain range with snowy peaks.

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.

A 1970's Robert Redford sits on a stool with his arms crossed.

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

To build upon Robert Redford’s legacy as stewards of this mountain drawing inspiration from art nature, and humanity to provide a place of discovery.

Our Mission

To be a leading North American experience-driven destination that ignites the senses, nurtures the soul, inspires stewardship, and fosters creativity.

A Few of Our Accolades

#2 Ski Resort in North America 2021

Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards

Best Mountain Holiday Experience – Utah

Resorts & Retreats, 2021

Loved By Guests Award 2021

Hotels.com, 2021

Top 500 Hotels in the World

Travel + Leisure, 2021

Top 15 Resort Hotels in the West

Travel + Leisure, 2021

#1 Ski Resort in North America 2019

Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards

Diner’s Choice Award (Tree Room)

Open Table, 2019

Top 10 Hotel Instagrams to Follow in August

Forbes, 2019

Top 10 Hotel Instagrams to Follow

Forbes, 2018

Best Resorts in the West – #6

Condé Nast Reader’s Choice Awards, 2018

Diner’s Choice Award (Foundry Grill)

Open Table, 2018

Winner: Best in Snow

Liftopia, 2018

Best of State – Best Vacation Resort

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

World’s Best List – 30th

Travel+Leisure, 2014

Best of State
(The Tree Room – American Artisan)


Top 100

Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards, 2013

Top 10 Green Spas in 2013

Organic Spa Magazine, April 2013

Top 50 U.S. Resorts – #18

World’s Best 2011

Silver Sage Readers’ Choice – Top-5

Spa magazine, 2011

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

Best of State – Best Day Spa


Best Overall Restaurant in Utah

BOSS Award, 2010

Summer’s 10 Best Outdoor Theater Experiences

Fodor’s Travel

Top 20 Honeymoon Destinations in America

Bride Magazine

Best of State – Bridal/Wedding Services


Most Scenic Wedding Venue – Utah


Ranked 9th at 82.2%

Ski Area Citizen’s Coalition Ski Area Report Card,

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,

Wine Spectator’s 2021 Restaurant Award (Tree Room)

Wine Spectator

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

A group of skiers gathers at the top of the mountain with a stunning view of the valley below.

Ski Utah

Sundance is proud to be partnered with Ski Utah to promote the amazing skiing available across the state and here at Sundance Mountain Resort.

A scenic landscape featuring lush green meadows and a dense forest leading up to a towering mountain with a partially snow-covered peak, under a clear blue sky. a narrow dirt path snakes through the meadow.

Explore Utah Valley

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

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