Sundance City Guide Winter

Sundance City Guide – Winter

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When most people think of Sundance they typically think of the Sundance Film Festival, the famous independent film festival held in Park City, Utah each year founded by Robert Redford in 1985.  But what a lot of people don’t know is there’s another Sundance, one far removed from the Industry. This Sundance is where the celebrities go when they don’t want the papparazzi, the crowds or the scene. This Sundance is a Robert Redford creation as well, but much less famous – it’s exclusive, it’s private and it’s intimate…my guess is he’d like to keep it that way.

Robert Redford - Sundance City Guide WinterIn 1969 Redford purchased the land that is now home to his exquisite Sundance Resort – a charming  mountain resort nestled at the base of the majestic Mount Timponogos. His vision was to create a “small mountain community where art, nature, and commerce unite to inspire and develop people, voices, and ideas”.  The Sundance Resort, may be an easy 45 minute drive from Park City, the official venue for the Sundance Film Festival, but is worlds apart in experience.  Environmentally friendly and low density, Sundance, is one of the most exclusive and intimate mountain resorts in the country.  Offering 3 restaurants, a ski / snowboard mountain, conference center, general store, spa, artists studio, screening room, kids camp, outdoor playhouse nordic center, riding stables and more, well there is just no reason to come down off the mountain – nor would you want to.

 “To us Sundance is and always will be a dream. What you see, smell, taste and feel here is a dream being carefully nurtured. It is an area whose pledge is to people. What we offer in the form of art and culture, spirit and service is homegrown and available to all.”

– Robert Redford

I have to say that having traveled to many of our countries top ski resorts – nothing compares to the Sundance Resort experience.  I have visited Sundance more than 25 times – that says a lot right there, and there’s a part of me that is conflicted about broadcasting it’s fabulousness.  But the truth is I love it.  It’s where I go when I’m needing to be rejuvenated, inspired, find peace in nature, and have a ton of fun doing it. You can just feel the integrity in which the resort is run, the professionalism, the attention to detail. …and the service is so darn friendly – probably because they like their job.  Redford has not only fulfilled his vision of creating a dream for the guests, but for his employees too.  Whether you’re looking for a quiet retreat or an easy and memorable family vacation, Sundance is the next best thing to feeling you’re at home in the mountains.

10 THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO IN SUNDANCE

 

1. Ski / Snowboard:

Sundance - Resort - Skiing - Snowboarding

The mountain is small – but that doesn’t mean your skiing experience will be.  Beginners and double black diamond frequent fliers will find their sweet spot on this beautiful mountain. There are hardly ever lift lines, so even if the ski runs are short compared to the big resorts you’ll be back on your skis in a flash.  I book a lesson with Kipper, one of the top instructors {her father, Jerry Warren, founded the ‘home base’ ski technique and was Director of Mountain Operations for 19 years, as well as inducted into the Professional Ski Instructors Hall of Fame in 2010) and use my time with her to work on skills and honing my ski chops. Kipper has a way of making you feel like you’re skiing with a great friend instead of taking a lesson. She also knows all the best powder stashes.  If you didn’t get your fill of skiing by day, the ski resort has recently added night skiing by popular demand.  If downhill skiing isn’t your bag the resort has an excellent Nordic Center offering cross country skiing and skate skiing – try the full moon cross country ski outing for a special night full of moonlit stars. Click Here for More Information.

 

2.  Kids Camp – Winter:

Sundance Kids Camp - Sundance City Guide Winter

If you’re bringing kids – you’ve come to the right place.  Sundance goes above and beyond to make every day exciting for the kids – from the Kid’s Camp (which includes afternoon s’mores by the campfire – sign me up!) to the fabulous kid’s ski school with the most fun and talented instructors (just ask to visit the ’magic elf’), art classes, nature projects and special excursions. Sundance’s intimacy and warmth makes for happy and secure kids from the moment you arrive. Click Here for More Information.

 

3.  Art Classes:

Sundance Art Studio - Sundance City Guide Winter

The kids aren’t the only ones who get to play. The Art Shack is an art studio meant to “Unleash your creative potential”.  From jewelry making, glass blowing, photography, watercolor, and oil painting to your own Demi Moore ‘Ghost’ moment at the potter’s wheel. Spend a couple hours at the Art Shack and be prepared to awaken your inner artistic mojo.  I did a pottery class here that was so fun it made time whiz by.  Three hours later, I now have my favorite guacamole bowl. Click Here for More Information.

4.  The Sundance Deli:

Sundance Deli - Sundance City Guide Winter

Think of the deli as your one stop shop for a cappuccino, fresh baked treats, juice smoothies, build your own sandwiches and over all ‘I gotta have it‘ store. From the famous Sundance suckers (in flavors that would have Willy Wonka green), cook books, gourmet products, kitchen ware and all the things you-never-knew-you-always-needed,  this rustic and quaint Deli brings you back to feeling like a kid in a candy store – literally. Click Here for More Information.

5. General Store:

Sundance General Store - Sundance City Guide Winter

Have you heard of The Sundance Catalog? If you haven’t, check it out.  It’s loaded with one-of-a-kind, artisan products, clothes, home decor, jewelry and gifts for men, women and children.  The General Store is where the catalog got it’s start.  People come from all over the world to shop in this unique boutique. Sublimely decorated like a Ralph Lauren mountain home, you’ll find yourself hard pressed to walk out empty handed. It’s the perfect place to find gifts for that person ‘who has everything’  …the problem is that person ends up being me. Click Here for More Information.

6. Foundry Grill:

Sundance Foundry Grill - Sundance City Guide Winter

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the Foundry Grill is the heart of Sundance.  This casual and lovely restaurant is always in motion.  Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner the grill is a swarm of activity and happy diners.  The pizza oven at the entry and roaring stone fire place in back make for a cozy retreat and beautiful setting to tank up before you hit the slopes or sit back and savor scrumptious dishes served hot from the kitchen. The Sunday brunches are truly a feast and attract guests from surrounding communities – so be sure to make a reservation.  …and if you get a chance, reserve one of the tables next to the fire place for the full ‘cabin in the snow’ experience – I highly recommend it. Click Here for More Information.

7. The Tree Room:

Sundance Tree Room - Sundance City Guide Winter

…named for the tree growing through the middle of the restaurant, the Tree Room is an exceptional fine dining experience comparable to any. With a view of snowflakes through wooded aspens, the scene beyond the floor to ceiling glass wall mesmerizes and transports you to a winter wonderland while you dine.  The chef works his magic in the kitchen sending out seasonal culinary delights.  The menu changes regularly, based on what produce is being harvested from their very own Sundance Farms. The wine list, menu and ambiance will win you over if the attentive service doesn’t first.  Romantic and cozy, you will love this place.  Reservations highly recommended. Click Here for More Information.

8.  The Owl Bar:

Sundance Owl Bar - Sundance City Guide Winter

Now that you’re happy and full take a stroll on over to The Owl Bar – Sundance’s version of the local watering hole, complete with the actual bar from Robert Redford’s movie Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.  Known also for it’s Apres ski complete with insane hot wings (the only time I eat hot wings is here – they’re soooo tasty), fish tacos, tortilla soup, house made hummus, crudite and fresh gourmet pizza. While the kitchen aims to please the bartender’s shake up a mean cocktail with a smile.  They know you only have to walk a few paces to get home. The live bands get the place pumping or thumping whether it’s rock, blue grass or soul, the Owl Bar makes for an entertaining and fun way to end the day. Click Here for More Information. 

9. Enjoy a Private Screening:

Private Screening - Sundance City Guide Winter

It wouldn’t be Robert Redford’s Sundance if you weren’t seeing at least one movie. The Resort hosts a regular movie night and family movie night in their state of the art screening room. How’s that for a perfect for a ‘date night’ after a yummy dinner  – or a great activity for the kids while you wine and dine at the Tree Room. Click Here for More Information.

10.  The Spa:

Sundance Spa - Sundance City Guide Winter

Saving the best for last, the Spa at Sundance is a “nature-inspired Eco-spa where natural surroundings and Native American influences provide a complete wellness menu to restore your peaceful inner balance. In the seven natural-wood, softly-lit treatment rooms of our eco-friendly building, we blend Native American traditions, totally natural products and the human touch to bring your body, mind and spirit back into balance.  I couldn’t say better.  What better way to rejuvenate, restore, relax, and then roll into bed! Click Here for More Information.

To book your stay or for more information about the Sundance Resort check out their website: They also have a customized concierge service to provide you with the utmost personal experience when booking your trip!

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