For many people the name Sundance brings to mind a famous, high profile, independent film festival held each January in Park City. Crowds, traffic, famous and not-so-famous Hollywood types and paparazzi complete the idea of Sundance for these people. Sundance Resort is truly the opposite of the festival image.
The Sundance Resort is located about 30 miles southwest of Park City, Utah, and a short drive northeast of the Provo/Orem area of Utah. It is a quiet area tucked up a canyon with a feeling that is miles away from city hustle and bustle. The area is known for its rustic charm and its owner Robert Redford. Redford stumbled across this place in the 1950’s and purchased a cabin lot in Sundance in 1961. As development threatened to move into the area in the late 60’s, Redford rallied friends and investors to purchase 3000 acres and stave off the development. What has resulted from these actions that started thirty years ago is an area of 6000 acres of which more than 5000 acres is part of an environmental easement and a 450 acre ski and summer resort.
The Sundance Resort has space for only 250 nightly guests in its 95 cabins. In addition to this, there are only 300 private homes in the area. The residences here vary from A-frame cabins to magnificent homes with beautiful interior finishes and fabulous views masked behind an unpretentious mountain contemporary exterior.
It is the unpretentious nature of Sundance that makes it a truly special place. Sundance has great restaurants and spa amenities, but its beauty is natural and comes from its lack of development and awe inspiring views of Mt Timpanogos’ 12000’ peak. The resorts’ environmental easements and wilderness area feel will keep it genuinely different from its nearby ski resort neighbors in Park City. The true scarcity, low-key feel and lack of mega-resort status make Sundance priceless in comparison to other resorts.
For more on skiing at Sundance Resort, see the December 2008 edition of SKI or go to www.SkiNet.com. For information on Sundance estate opportunities including the home pictured above, go to www.YouInParkCity.com and www.2983RidgeTopRd.com.