Skier's Guide to Sundance Film Festival
— Posted by Taylor on January 18, 2017
Park City becomes a whole new town during Sundance Film Festival. It is a party every night for the ten days during the festival with more than 40,000 attendees. The movies, the parties, and the skiing make for one of Park City’s most fun weeks in town and on the mountain.
Have 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.
Spot a Celebrity
Celebrities flock to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival. You can see them on the bus, in a restaurant, or just strolling along Main Street. My favorite place to go people watching is from Town Lift. For a quick experience, ski to the base of Town Lift and talk a walk in the plaza or have lunch outside while keeping your eyes peeled.
See Commotion is About! Catch a Movie in Town
Day-of-Show tickets sell each morning of the festival at 8 a.m. for $20-25 at the main box offices in Park City and Salt Lake City. These tickets are limited and you must be there in person to buy them. Log in on the Sundance.org website or download the Sundance Film Festival 2017 app to wait in an electronic queue for a chance to get last-minute tickets to specific screenings. These tickets are not guaranteed and accept cash only.
Take the Bus
The roads can be very congested during the festival and looking for parking and driving through traffic is a hassle. Taking the bus is the best option when traveling through town. Check the transit maps & timetables on the Park City Transit website or download the free myStop mobile app. Additionally, during Sundance, volunteers stand at major bus stops to assist with finding the direct route.
Eat Lunch On the Mountain
Restaurants in town can have pretty hefty wait times. With 10 restaurants on the mountain and more at the base of each side, we have plenty options for every taste bud. 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 out of your skis, head to The Farm at the base of Canyons Village or Legends Bar & Grill at the Park City base area.