Sundance: Beyond the Screenings

As the Park City-based film festival begins, we explore what else to do around town.

The Sundance Film Festival is an annual destination for the cool kids of Hollywood because it’s one of the largest independent film festivals in the world, as well as one of the most interesting to attend — in large part because Park City, Utah is the set. So whether you’re looking to kill time between screenings or simply escape the crowds trolling Main Street, here are a few unscripted things to do about town.


Hit the mountains

Going to Sundance and not skiing would be like going to the gym and not sweating. It's a must. For beginners and those doing it purely for fun, the Park City Mountain Resorts Crescent and King Con mountain are a safe bet and accessible from a lift on Main Street. If you’re a purist, then look no further than Deer Valley. Ranked #1 five consecutive times by the readers of Ski Magazine, you won’t find any snowboarders here, just smart ski lovers looking stylish.


Relive Olympic fever

Head over to Utah Olympic Park and get ready for the ride of a lifetime on the Comet Bobsled. The mile-long ride rips through 15 turns at speeds of 80 miles per hour and up to five G’s of force. If that sounds dizzying, get the guided tour instead. You’ll hear some remarkable stories of the famed sporting event at one the most complex Olympic venues in the world.

dog sledding

Travel by Husky

Before there were Range Rovers in Park City, there were Alaskan Huskies, and Rocky Mountain Recreation continues the practice of dog sledding to this day. Yes, you can have a musher (aka a driver) and a harem of Huskies whisk you through the Stillman Ranch. They also offer sleigh rides, sans dogs.


Get some fresh air

For a bit of peace in nature, winter fly fishing is the thing to do along the Provo River where trout is abundant and the only sounds to be heard are the wilderness and the high five of a great catch. For an activity just as serene though not as wet, head to the skies in a hot air balloon with some wine and cheese. You'll enjoy the city from a different vantage point.

Stein Eriksen Lodge

Slow down at the spa

When the activities get to be a bit too much, unwind at the five star spa at Park City’s best hotel, the Stein Eriksen Lodge. The couple’s treatment rooms are sexy and serene with private showers, tubs and the not-to-be-missed Vichy wet treatment rooms. If you find the high altitude is getting the best of you, try their Oxygen Inhalation treatment which will get you back on track. Even though technically, air is free, this 25-minute session will run you $75.

Silver restaurant

Dine well

Located on Main Street in a historic 1926 building, Silver restaurant is the epitome of mountain chic. It has three levels of lounge and dinning spaces and a goat cheese soufflé that is a must-order. If you're a fan of eating local, head to The Farm at Canyons Resort (already a Q blog favorite), where the food is cooked to perfection using all things farm-fresh and produced within a 200-mile radius.

Sky Lodge

Let loose in style

Situated on Main Street, Sky Lodge is a veritable modern oasis. Sky Blue, the hotels hot spot lounge offers 360-degree views of the city on its heated deck. Nibble on hors d’oeuvres and drink up mixology mayhem cocktails in front the fireplace or, if you dare, in the ten-person hot tub.

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