Every January, more than 40,000 people head to Park City, Utah for eleven days of mountains and movies at the annual Sundance Film Festival. While the town streets, hotels, theaters and restaurants fill up during the Festival, the mountain tends to be less crowded. You can hit the slopes early, racing down several runs before catching a film or two in the afternoon, dinner at one of Park City’s amazing restaurants, and a musical performance at one of the many cool venues on Main Street. Whether you are into shredding or shopping, there are plenty of all-star adventures in Park City.
FLY • ADVENTURES TO TAKE
You will likely fly in to Salt Lake City airport, which is a roughly 45-minute drive from Park City. The airport is well-primed for visitors traveling with equipment, but you can also use Luggage Forward to ship your gear, or rent locally at one of the many Ski N See locations, which also delivers.
Following the merge with Canyons and more than $50 million in investment, Park City Mountain now boasts the biggest ski resort in the United States, offering 7,300 acres of skiable area and more than 340 trails. If that’s not enough, nearby Deer Valley, with its beautifully groomed runs and its limits on daily visitors, offers additional terrain open only to skiers. And about an hour away from Park City and just outside of Salt Lake, Snowbird and Alta provide great options for getting even more powder on your way to or from the SLC airport.
"For a great combination of runs at Park City, take the Super Condor Express lift. It offers some amazing views, and at the top, you can either hike up further for the Murdock Bowl or head down a ton of solid long blues or steep blacks." - @jordanslots
If carving up the mountain isn’t really your thing, check out the bobsled at Utah Olympic Park, where you can reach speeds up to 60 miles per hour while traversing the Olympic path. When you’re ready to slow down on more level ground, take a stroll down Main Street, which features a ton of great shops, art galleries, the iconic Egyptian Theater, and multiple brand pop-ups during Sundance. Main Street is also home to several bars and music venues, including Park City Live, which will host major acts during the 2019 Festival including Diplo, Martin Garrix and Kaskade.
Once you’ve finished these adventures, you will need and deserve some time to recharge. Head over to the spa at the Montage Deer Valley for their incredible array of redwood saunas, steam rooms, jetted whirlpools and a terrific wellness center. Their weekly fitness classes offer a great way to stay active during your stay while the serenity suites provide couples a refreshing way to relax.
FUEL • PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK
One of our favorite places for food and drinks is High West. Right off of Main Street, the saloon serves a range of delicious dishes topped only by their terrific spirits, which have been distilled locally since 2007. The saloon’s ambiance is both lively and cozy, with a fantastic bar featuring their brilliant cocktails and a full service restaurant. If you want to check out their 1,600-gallon copper pot still and learn more about their distillation process, you can swing by their distillery and tasting room 30 minutes away in Wanship for a tour, dinner or Sunday brunch.
Other great spots for dinner around Main Street include Tupelo, Riverhorse on Main, and Chimayo. We also love the General Tso Cauliflower at Handle, which serves up a range of seasonal and locally sourced ingredients and has a terrific prix fixe menu during Sundance. The Viking Yurt on Park City Mountain offers a fun experience, including a 20 minute sleigh ride to the restaurant.
For more casual bites and a great ambiance, visit the 100-year old No Name Saloon on Main Street. This place is always packed during Sundance, offering a cool, laid-back retreat for A-list celebrities and everyday extras. If you’re looking for lunch or lighter bites, stop by Park City Provisions, Harvest, Vinto, and Java Cow in town or Cloud Dine at the top of the DreamCatcher and Dreamscape lifts.