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For those that are in tune with park city, we are planning a in and out trip to park city/canyons either in jan or feb. we have the epic local pass so want to stick with these resorts and it would be a thurs to sun type trip. 2 adult and 2 kids (6 & 7) all intermediate advanced skiers and possibly 2 grandparents non skiers.

Besides presidents day weekend (due to black out days and crowds) and the week of sundance (guess week before & after as well?) are there times around these calender events that would be better to plan around less crowded, schools arnt on some weird vacation, possibly cheaper (but not a deal breaker), etc.

Thanks
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For those that are in tune with park city, we are planning a in and out trip to park city/canyons either in jan or feb. we have the epic local pass so want to stick with these resorts and it would be a thurs to sun type trip. 2 adult and 2 kids (6 & 7) all intermediate advanced skiers and possibly 2 grandparents non skiers.

Besides presidents day weekend (due to black out days and crowds) and the week of sundance (guess week before & after as well?) are there times around these calender events that would be better to plan around less crowded, schools arnt on some weird vacation, possibly cheaper (but not a deal breaker), etc.

Thanks


What I've heard about the Sundance Film Festival is that lodging is an issue in Park City, as well as traffic on the roads, but the slopes are not particularly crowded.  I assume that it's pretty easy to tell by lodging prices when the festival has the greatest impact.

 

Are you driving or flying?  Airfares are typically less on Mon or Tue compared to Fri-Sun.

 

Paging @Mr. Crab , who lives in Park City.

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I saw the beer keg clean-up run on the Monday after Sundance ended..looked like there was a fair amount of drinking going on!  :D

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Sundance is January 21-31st, and all the public schools are out Feb 15-19 for winter break- or "ski week" as it's called. Early January is usually a great time to come, the town empties out, and just after Sundance. I have a friend who comes out every year for the first week in February and he almost always brings powder- although last winter the storms mostly went north, so we had to do a road trip to Jackson. Funny thing was that on the last day of his trip, back in Utah, we scored the best powder day - at Alta.

  There is usually (usually) a couple week stretch of sunny weather in January, sometimes February, but it's hard to guess when it will be, or if. What we do when that comes is put the fatties away and zoom groomers in the high desert sun. With your group, Park City will be ideal. And if we have a big snow year, there'll be a lot of new terrain variety with the combined resorts, plenty for all ability levels.

 

P.S. Sundance is a real zoo. It can be fun though, slopes are generally uncrowded, but we mostly stock up on groceries and hibernate. Lots of locals line up for the movies, but there are a lot of real stinkers out there, so my experience is to wait till the smoke clears and go see the winners.

 

 tips for inexpensive family eats: 

         Best Pizza in town: Mangia on Snow Creek Drive, delivers

         Best in Old Town: Red Banjo

         Best Mex: Chubasco on Bonanza Drive

         Best deal in town take out Family Dinners: Windy Ridge & Ghidotti's

 

this could be a thread in itself...

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@marznc we would be flying, totally dont want to be there during the festival. Imagine its a zoo.

@mr. Crab thanks for the pointers gives me something to work with and days to try and not be there.
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@marznc we would be flying, totally dont want to be there during the festival. Imagine its a zoo.

@mr. Crab thanks for the pointers gives me something to work with and days to try and not be there.


Agree that being in Park City during Sundance doesn't sound like the best choice.

 

By the way, to use an "@ message" you need to pick the username from the pick list instead of just typing.  Sometimes have to wait a bit after typing "@" and the first few letters of the username.  If the resulting post does not have the username in blue, then it's not going to notify the user.

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