Magazine article Sunset

Sundance Resort

Magazine article Sunset

Sundance Resort

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Where artsy cinema meets Utah's powdery slopes

Why go now: If night skiing and a new chairlift don't tempt you, the backdoor access to the Sundance Film Festival (Jan 17-27; sundance.org/festivalj will. Dual personae: Owner Robert Redford (yep, the Sundance Kid) created Sundance as a small, green ski resort, and a center for art and film. The look: Steep canyon walls surround a cluster of rustic buildings that blend into the forested valley. The scene: Monied artists and earthy activists mix with families and powderhounds seeking uncrowded slopes. Where are the cars? Day skiers park at an upper lot hidden midmountain, while overnight guests stroll between buildings on footpaths winding among aspens and streams. Stairway to heaven: The new lift boards skiers from the upper parking lot, eliminating the need to shuttle to the base. Small package: With just 450 acres, the ski area looks little but rides big, thanks to a 2,iso-foot vertical drop and a stack of chutes and bowls that hold powder all day. High energy: Wind power provides all the electricity. -KELLY BASTONE

Molten magic

Film isn't the only art form to receive the resort's support: Resident glassblowers Fidencio "Octavio" Flores (pictured) and Gustavo Calderon use the on-site kiln to create gemlike vases, stemware, and pitchers from discarded glass. You can watch these natives of Tlaquepaque, Mexico, in action, or buy their wares at the adjacent Art Studio. 801/223-4535.

Date-night dinner

The resort's Foundry Grill is a casual and more affordable option than the Tree Room. …

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