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It's been snowy in Park City almost every day this January--yay powder! But starting Friday, the forecast is calling for the clouds to clear and it's looking like bluebird skies and sunny days for the Martin Luther King weekend, ensuring a glorious weekend of skiing and snowboarding at the local resorts. There's a lot more going on than just slope action though, here's your agenda for this year's MLK weekend.

Après Live Music

No holiday weekend (or any weekend really) would be complete with out live music at the resorts. Both Deer Valley and Park City Mountain have you covered.

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DJ Velvet will be spinning at the Umbrella Bar in Canyons Village on Friday and Sunday and at the Park City Base Area on Saturday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. You can also rock out to covers by BroBand on Friday (Park City Base Area), jam out to the alternative country stylings of Triggers & Slips (Canyons Village Stage) on Saturday, or enjoy a jazz concert by Jordan Saucier (PC Base Area Transit Station) while waiting for the bus.

Deer Valley Resort

The EBS Lounge is the place to end your day at Deer Valley for après appetizers, drinks, and live music. During MLK weekend, kick back and relax from 3-6 p.m. with live performances from three lovely ladies. On Friday, enjoy the feet-tapping tunes of Elizabeth Hareza; on Saturday, catch 16-year old, local singer-songer writer Courtney Spaulding; and round-off your Sunday with multi-instrumentalist Ché Zuro.

In addition to the resort scene, you can also catch some amazing concerts at Park City Live. On Friday, Jan. 13th, Nahko and Medicine for the People will be performing and trance superstar BT takes the stage for the Sundance Film Festival Pre-Party on Saturday, Jan. 14th (quite the steal at only $7.50/person). 

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Film + Performing Arts 

The Sundance Film Festival doesn't kick-off till January 19th, but anyone in the mood for cinema can get their fill of independent features through the Park City Film Series. During MLK weekend two great movies are playing as part of this popular local series: one Thursday, Jan. 12th, there's a free screening of Underwater Dreams, an inspirational documentary about Mexican immigrants who challenge tech giants with their DIY underwater robot; and the weekend feature presentation is Loving, a film based on the story of the real life interracial couple whose landmark civil rights case reaffirmed the right to marry, playing at 8 p.m. on Friday/Saturday and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Both films are screening at the Jim Santy Auditorium in the Park City Library and tickets are available and at the door. 

Lovers of performing arts shouldn't miss out on the riveting show by Jessica Lang Dance at the Eccles Theater for Performing Arts. Hailed as "a master of visual composition" by Dance Magazine, prolific choreographer Jessica Lang and her troupe lead audiences through beautiful and harsh stories through using incredible movement and vivid design elements. The show is from 7:30 - 10 p.m. on January 13th and tickets are $29/person. 

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Other Activities

What? There's more?! Indeedy. Anyone in town on January, 12th should head up to Utah Olympic Park (UOP) for the final day of the IBSF Bobsled and Skeleton North America's Cup. In addition to watching this fun event, the UOP's winter activities and museum are also open for business. 

In the mood for a glass of red wine? The Fox School of Wine hosts a weekly wine tasting class at 6:00 p.m., at the Silver Baron Lodge in lower Deer Valley during the winter. On January 14th, travel to Europe with a selection of vintages from small producers in Italy. Find more info and register on their website.  

The Midway Ice Castlesalthough not unique to MLK weekend, are another not-to-be-missed attraction. Crafted from icicles on a daily basis, the evolving structures are a true winter wonderland. 

Looks like it's going to be another jam-packed holiday weekend! Catch you all on the slopes and around town!

 

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