The best skiers in the world say any good ski or snowboard holiday worth its salt has a good mixture of both snow-related activities during the day and after-mountain fun at night. Arguably the best place to find that perfect blend is in Park City in Utah at the end of January.
With flocks of tourists in town for the Sundance Film Festival, beginning on January 21st and running for ten days, this annual hub of celebrity fueled activity really does offer the best of both worlds. Trying to do and see everything can be a little overwhelming though, especially if you’re a first-timer so here are a few tips for the skier/film guru in us all.
Ski in the morning
Although the after midnight screenings and parties in Park City are tempting, try to resist the urge as the best time to really take advantage of Deer Valley’s top-notch slopes is early morning.
While the partiers and film nuts are sleeping off the previous night’s activities, the runs at Deer Valley remain relatively undisturbed. The short lift lines, uncrowded restaurants and fresh powder only last until about mid-morning but are definitely worth the early rise. Voted the #1 ski resort in North America by the readers of SKI Magazine for three years running, Deer Valley is best when you can really relax and enjoy it.
Book accommodations in advance
The great thing about Sundance is that anyone can attend, and regardless of whether you’re a studio exec or film geek, there is no registration and no accreditation required. All that’s needed is a single ticket or film pass and you’re good to go!
But, if you plan on rolling into town and trying to find accommodations on the same day, you will likely be out of luck. There are options, from pricey hotels and inns to guest houses and room exchanges but looking into it before arrival is key. The last thing anyone needs is to get there with skis in hand and have no place to sleep. Unfortunately, Robert Redford will not take you in if you’re homeless. Trust me, I know.
Sundance? There’s an app for that…
If you want to hit the best of the festival but don’t know where to begin or how to plan, try downloading the Sundance 2010 iPhone application for a little help. Search films by title, director, film category or even the ‘What’s Playing Now?’ feature and get the latest updates, articles and reviews. The app costs $4.99 but all proceeds go towards the non-profit Sundance Institute to support independent artists.
Eat, eat, and eat some more
It’s been said that Park City has more chefs per capita than Paris so when all else fails be sure to kick your dwindling energy up a notch by indulging in a deliciously huge meal. Deer Valley itself has three lodges to choose from, including one mid-mountain and some of the best lunches around are served up daily at Bald Mountain Pizza from 11:30 to 2:30.
If you love to ski or snowboard, Deer Valley Resort is the place to do it. If you love films or celebrity spotting then Sundance is for you. To get them both at the same time, late January is definitely the time.
For more information on the Sundance Film Festival and Deer Valley Resort, check out festival.sundance.org/2010 and deervalley.com.