Sundance in the fall.
|Location||Name of mountain|
|Nearest city||Provo, Utah|
Sundance Mountain Resort is a ski resort located 13 miles (21 km) northeast of Provo, Utah, spanning over 5,000 acres (2,000 ha) on the slopes of Mount Timpanogos in Utah's Wasatch Range. Snow skiing began on the site in 1944. Actor Robert Redford acquired the area in 1969, and established a year-round resort which would later spawn the independent Sundance Film Festival and the non-profit Sundance Institute. Sundance is committed to the balance of art, nature and community.
Sundance Resort has skiing for every ability, with 20% beginner trails, 40% intermediate trails and 40% advanced trails. The resort terrain climbs 2,150 vertical feet (655 m) up the northeast slope of Mount Timpanogos, reaching the crest of the ridge at Bearclaw Cabin. This restaurant at the resort's apex of 8,250 feet (2,515 m) provides spectacular 360° views of the surrounding landscape, and of Mount Timpanogos as it rises to a height just short of 12,000 ft (3,658 m). The mountain is serviced by three chairlifts and a handle tow for beginners at the mountain's base.
The ski area opened as Timp Haven in 1944 with a rope tow. It was owned by S. Paul Stewart and run with the help of his brother, Ray Stewart for over twenty years. Chairlifts were added in the 1960s. In 1969, Robert Redford purchased the land that is now known as Sundance with the vision of the careful growth of a community devoted to the balance of art, nature and recreation. In 1981, the Sundance Institute was founded to foster and celebrate the diversity of American filmmaking.
The resort is named after the role he played in the 1969 film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The resort of Sundance is not to be confused with the town of Sundance, Wyoming, the location from where the Sundance Kid received his name. Redford's 1972 film Jeremiah Johnson was filmed near the resort.
The Sundance Film Festival, held primarily 30 miles (48 km) north in Park City, is a competition for independent film makers, which has become extremely well known and popular in the film industry and media. It is the largest independent film festival in the United States, and also one of the largest in the world.
- "Sundance Village and Ski Resort". Utah.com. Retrieved 2009-02-08.