Virtuoso Life - November/December 2017 - 144
Out & About
From left: Local musicians at
the Owl Bar and crowd-free
bliss after a March storm.
fishing grounds, I suspected Redford of colluding with Mother Nature to slow guests
down and wise them up to streams beyond
the ones on those screens of ours.
We certainly tapped into something in the
Sundance pottery studio. Redford always
envisioned his retreat less as a hotel than
as a community built around nature, ideas,
and creativity. It's why he headquarters
the Sundance Institute here, with its yearround speaker sessions and film screenings.
Opposite those buildings, off a wooden
walkway, is the Art Studio, where guests
explore new talents through two-hour daily
workshops on jewelry making, painting,
drawing, photography, and, in our case, ceramics. No sooner had my wife sat down at a
potter's wheel than she was excitedly reconfiguring our entire life plan, as sometimes
happens in travel. She would start handcrafting bowls and vases in a stone shed (yet
to be built) behind our house in California.
I'd write a novel. Happiness would be ours.
Inspiring, particularly since it was her firstever attempt at throwing clay.
Sundance has a way of bringing out hidden
joy like that. Forty-five minutes north in Park
City, the after-ski crowd was piling into places
like No Name Saloon & Grill on Main Street.
But that first night at Sundance, giddiness of
a different sort tempted us outside. A winter
meteor shower had flared up the skies in a light
show as stupendous as I've ever seen. Later,
inside our cedarwood-and-stone loft suite,
we filled what otherwise might have been
Facebook time with a championship round of
Pictionary. My teenage son's winning moves
hinged, almost magically, on "stars," "mountains," and "snowflake."
THE NEXT MORNING, OUR VOCABULARY
reduced itself to powderisms like "whoa"
The 2018 Sundance Film Festival takes place January 18 through 28 in Park City and Salt Lake City and at
Sundance resort. Last year the event showcased 119 feature-length and 68 short films (including An Inconvenient
Sequel and The Big Sick), along with panels, music performances, and multimedia projects. Festival ticket packages are on sale now; individual tickets are available at main box offices through January 28, and online sales are
available until 36 hours before show times.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
(OWL BAR) ADAM CLARK, (SKIER) LOUIS AREVALO/TANDEM STOCK,
(MOVIE POSTER) COURTESY OF SUNDANCE INSTITUTE
Sundance Kid, which in turn gave name to
Redford's Sundance Film Festival. His original two acres (a bargain at $500) expanded
to 6,000, the majority of which are zoned
now as a permanent scenic easement, never
to see a golf course or tubing park. With only
450 acres open to slopes, and a modest cluster of handsome lodges and guest cottages
designed "to disappear as nearly as possible
into the landscape," as Redford insisted to
architects, Sundance Mountain Resort is
today a magnificent ski hill where skiing is
largely beside the point.
Deeper meaning can be found in these
gorgeous canyons. At least that's what I told
myself after my phone went incommunicado on the turn off State Route 92 into the
resort; it would be four days before I'd have
signal bars again. As my family crossed over
a tributary of the Provo River onto what
used to be Native American hunting and