While it draws a massive crowd to Park City, the Sundance Film Festival is infamous for driving away the normal winter tourists. It can be tougher to find housing and make those dinner reservations, but the ski slopes are practically empty. Yes, that's right. In the middle of some of the finest winter snow, both Park City Mountain and Deer Valley are a paradise of untouched lines. Here's why we think you should ski in Utah during Sundance.
You Get All the Powder to Yourself
There's been no shortage of powder this year, but you can never have enough. Last year, Park City got some of its best snow during Sundance and, according to the weather forecast, the opening weekend of the film festival is calling for more winter storms. While all the movie goers stand in line for movie tickets, you'll get fresh powder all day.
No Lift Lines + Deserted Slopes
Doesn't it feel amazing when you can cruise right into the front of the lift line after taking a run? With few people on the mountain, your lift line waits are virtually null, meaning you can get in way more skiing than usual.
You Might Spot a Celebrity
We know you're hitting the slopes mostly for skiing, but if you happen to go up the lift with a celebrity are you really going to complain? The density of stars in town during Sundance is extremely high and many of them love to take an afternoon to get some runs in.
Entertainment Options Galore
Sundance draw extremely high-caliber performers into town, not to mention all the parties and movies. The Montage's Vista Lounge, for example, is hosting a complimentary concert series at 6 p.m. from January 21st-28th featuring a variety of artists. You still have a chance to purchase tickets via the Sundance website if you want to see movies.
Empty Slopes at Other Resorts
Park City isn't the only place that becomes less busy during Sundance. This is also a perfect opportunity to take a day up at Snowbird and Alta in Little Cottonwood Canyon or Brighton and Solitude in Big Cottonwood. They're all less than an hour drive away so why not go for a tour of these awesome neighboring resorts!
Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month
Did you know January is the official Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month in Utah? This is a great opportunity, especially if you're from the area and you've never been up on the mountain before. Area resorts have special deals on packages that include a the lift ticket, lesson, and rental for less than $50.
Make Fun of the Sundance Crowd
Not in a mean spirited way, but let's face it, some of the outfits that show up when it's in the single digits and snowing are too ridiculous not to laugh at. Don't forget to take pictures of the best one to keep for when you need a laugh.
A word to the wise, if you want to avoid the crazy Sundance traffic while skiing, you can access Deer Valley from the gondola entrance on Hwy 40. Let's all get out there and shred during Sundance!