Skier's Guide to Sundance Film Festival
— Posted by Taylor on January 17, 2018
Park City becomes a whole new town during Sundance Film Festival, with more than 40,000 attendees filling the streets to see highly-acclaimed independent films during the day and then party the nights away on the Historic Main Street. And for those of us on the mountain, it's the perfect time of year to ski and ride til our heart's content. Here's why:
Having the Mountain to Yourself
For skiers and snowboarders, the best part of Sundance is how quiet the mountain is. Town becomes crowded with movie-goers and traffic, but the mountain stays in great condition all week long. If you’ve never skied or snowboarded before, this is a great opportunity to learn. The runs are wide open and the on-mountain restaurants have plenty of seats.
Celebrities flock to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival every year. You can see them on the bus, in a restaurant, or even just strolling along Main Street. When you're on the mountain, ski or take a ride to the base of Town Lift and talk a walk in the plaza or have lunch outside while keeping your eyes peeled for the rich and famous.
Catching a Movie in Town
Since you're here, you might as well see what all of the commotion is about! Day-of-Show tickets sell each morning of the festival for $20-25 at the main box offices in Park City and Salt Lake City. These tickets are limited and you must pick up at the box office no later than 2-hours before showtime. If the show you'd like to see is all sold out, try your luck in the electronic waitlist on the web or in the Sudance Film Festival 2018 app. These tickets are not guaranteed and accept cash only.
Leaving the Car at Home
The roads can become very congested during the festival and looking for parking and driving through traffic is a hassle. Do yourself (and everyone else in town) a favor by taking the bus. Between the Sundance volunteers helping travelers find their way at most major bus stops, the easily-downloadable transit maps & timetables on the Park City Transit website, and the free myStop mobile app, taking public transit has never been easier. Plus, it's 100-percent free! You can hop on and off the bus without ever paying for your ride or for parking.
Food At Your Fingertips
Restaurants in town can have pretty hefty wait times. So instead (as if you needed another good reason to go to the mountain), strap on your skis and grab food at any of our on-mountain restaurants, with more at the base of each side. The Tombstone Yurt and Grill serves authentic western barbecue brisket and Lookout Cabin has table-serviced Rocky Mountain cuisine and a full-service bar. If you’re on foot, it's still no problem. Head to The Farm at the base of Canyons Village or Legends Bar & Grill at the Park City Mountain Village.
We get to live the best of both worlds in Park City, at the festival and on the mountain. So, don't forget to purchase your lift tickets online in advance for the guaranteed lowest price. Click here to save - Advanced Lift Ticket Purchase