Robert Redford vende il Sundance Mountain Resort

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PROVO, UTAH – JANUARY 25: Exterior view of the venue for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival -Directors Brunch at Sundance Resort on January 25, 2020 in Provo, Utah. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Robert Redford, the two-time Academy Award-winning actor, director and environmentalist, has sold Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah’s wilderness luxury resort among North America’s premier mountain destinations. Redford founded it in 1969, more than 50 years ago, making it one of the locations (in addition to Salt Lake City and Park City) of the homonymous film festival he founded with Sidney Pollack since the 1990s. The sale is the result of a long-term strategic plan designed to preserve and consolidate Redford’s legacy at the resort, including an ongoing commitment to responsible development and land conservation.

The 2,600-acre resort encompasses 1,845 acres of restricted land.
Redford discovered the area that would become Sundance in the 1950s when he rode his motorcycle from his California home (he was born in Santa Monica on August 18, 1936) to college at the University of Colorado. He later met and married Lola Van Wagenen, a girl from Provo, the neighboring town, returned and purchased two acres for $ 500 in 1961 from the owners, a Scottish herding family who ran a ski rental business in Timp Haven. Redford built a cabin and lived the mountain man lifestyle with his young family at the time of his first films. But in the late 1960s, speculators were lurking to change the face of Utah, with intensive construction and unsuitable for nature.

Redford mobilized against them, financing the protest and buying more plots with other friends. But keeping Sundance required a profit, so for the nascent Sundance Mountain Resort he built the first of 95 cottages in the late 1980s and eventually allowed the construction of more than 200 private homes, most of them nestled in trees.
The sale does not affect Robert Redford’s structure or involvement in the Festival. “Change is inevitable and for several years my family and I have been thinking about moving to a new property for the resort. We knew that at the right time and with the right people we could make the transition. Broadreach and Cedar share our values ​​and an interest in maintaining the unique character of the resort while honoring its history, community and natural beauty. This makes them fit to ensure that future generations can continue to find comfort and inspiration here, ”the actor said.

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