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post #1 of 16
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I'm looking to go to Park City next January. I was concerned about the Sundance Film festival. I am not sure what dates this takes place. Also, what about the crowds. I would rather not go during this time. Crowded slopes, crowded restaurants and bars, etc.

Right now, I have a time share booked at the Marriot Summit Watch, which is on Main Street for 1/7-1/14. I Would rather change it to the week after, 1/14-1/21 because of work. However, I am concerned about the film festival. Does anyone know what dates it will be, and whether or not it causes any problems with my vacation?
post #2 of 16
The festival will cause a SLIGHT rise in skiers, but mostly Green Goblins and other NYC/LA gapers. If anything, the real inconvenience will be getting good restaurant reservations.

Dunno the dates.
post #3 of 16
January 19 to 29, 2006 according to their website.
post #4 of 16
I have been to the Festival many times, including this past January.
Yeps, the restaurants are super busy and reservations are a must. Plus, there are a lot of private parties at many of the best ones, so you can't always get in at all. Main Street is mobbed --especially the first weekend. The shuttle buses are packed. The cliche of P.I.B.'s (People in Black) and endless cell phones ringing and obnoxious people . . .is pretty much true.

BUT! The ski slopes are practically empty! It's great!

I stayed at the Marriott Mountainside and took lessons at Park City Mountain Resort when I wasn't working. I had the absolute best time.
There was never a line at the chair lift, you often had entire slopes to yourself. Barely any snowboarders to bash into you. It was pure heaven.

I met several people who told me they deliberately choose their time share vacation week to coincide with the Film Festival -- not because they want to see movies, but because they want to SKI. They book restaurants in December if they want anywhere special, and then they ski their brains out.

I'm seriously thinking that if I don't have to be there for work next year, I might go out for Sundance anyway -- just to have another great ski experience.

The Marriott Summit Watch is extremely popular with companies sending staff to the Festival, so if you're going to swap days, you probably should do it soon or it will be sold out.
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Cryptica
I have been to the Festival many times, including this past January.
Yeps, the restaurants are super busy and reservations are a must. Plus, there are a lot of private parties at many of the best ones, so you can't always get in at all. Main Street is mobbed --especially the first weekend. The shuttle buses are packed. The cliche of P.I.B.'s (People in Black) and endless cell phones ringing and obnoxious people . . .is pretty much true.

BUT! The ski slopes are practically empty! It's great!

I stayed at the Marriott Mountainside and took lessons at Park City Mountain Resort when I wasn't working. I had the absolute best time.
There was never a line at the chair lift, you often had entire slopes to yourself. Barely any snowboarders to bash into you. It was pure heaven.

I met several people who told me they deliberately choose their time share vacation week to coincide with the Film Festival -- not because they want to see movies, but because they want to SKI. They book restaurants in December if they want anywhere special, and then they ski their brains out.

I'm seriously thinking that if I don't have to be there for work next year, I might go out for Sundance anyway -- just to have another great ski experience.

The Marriott Summit Watch is extremely popular with companies sending staff to the Festival, so if you're going to swap days, you probably should do it soon or it will be sold out.
Really, I am surprised. I was thinking that everywhere would be more crowded, the slopes as well as the town.

If the festival is the 19th - 29th, would you recommend going the 7th - 14th or 14th - 21st???
post #6 of 16
14th-21st. Later is always better snow-wise, and you get to hobknob with some characters right before leaving.
post #7 of 16
It is true the slopes are less crowded during Sundance, but as is the case with all Park City resorts, success is starting to change things. The old dependable low times of the season are rapidly filling in. Used to be all of January, and mid to late March were deserted around here. Now its not so much the case anymore. Seems like we have busy season from Thanksgiving through late March. This weekend was the most crowded I've ever seen it for this time of year. Sundance was certainly still easy to get around on the mountains, but more crowded than in the past.

Powdr
post #8 of 16
I agree with you, Powdr. My first Sundance was 1995 and it was nuts back then, but nothing like it was this past January. Don't you hate those ugly barricades they have now lining Main Street and all those depressing "Swag Tents," where celebrities go to get free iPods and jewelry and clothes?

The free shuttle buses were so packed, you sometimes had to wait for one or two to go by before you could get a seat. Bleah!

I used to have my cameraman shoot out the window of our van, doing a panning shot down all the buildings on Main Street as we cruised along. This year it was total gridlock on the weekend and we couldn't move.

The spirit of Sundance is still possible to find when you actually get to meet the the filmmakers, particularly the documentary filmmakers, but the surrounding hoopla felt depressing to me this year.

So, that's why it was even more thrilling to get away from it all and have the mountain as almost a private ski slope. Vindog -- Xdog1 has a good suggestion. Go 14th - 21st, if you want to see a bit of the nuttiness. I mean it IS quite something to see in small doses.

The 19th is a Thursday and some of the publicists and journalists start arriving a few days before, but you won't feel much of a presence. The huge mob of celebs and agents and industry types descends on that Friday and Saturday. You'll be going home just in time.

And if you actually DO want to see a film or two -- you'll need to order tickets the instant they go on sale, which is usually right after Thanksgiving. That's a whole production in itself and for another thread sometime.
post #9 of 16
Believe or not, the PC resorts don't really see a rise in the numbers when Sundance is there. In the 15 years i worked at DV, it was just like another non holiday week, sure there were a few hollyweirdos and newyarkers out on the mountian, but i'd be safe to say over 90% of Sundance is on Main Street, selling buying movies.
However resturants and hotels during Sundance are booked a year in advance.
I have heard of many restrants will take the exact same dinner reservation from one group. The groups do this , to ensure thier client gets what they want for dinner.
As for getting tickets for the films, they do offer tickets, but you gotta get there ealry wait in lines, and hopefully some one wont show. Tickets for locals go on Sell i think in Novemebr/ December, contact Sundance for further info
post #10 of 16
[quote=tahoetr]Believe or not, the PC resorts don't really see a rise in the numbers when Sundance is there. In the 15 years i w
orked at DV, it was just like another non holiday week, sure there were a few hollyweirdos and newyarkers out on the mountian
, but i'd be safe to say over 90% of Sundance is on Main Street, selling buying movies.
However resturants and hotels during Sundance are booked a year in advance.
I have heard of many restrants will take the exact same dinner reservation from one group. The groups do this , to ensure thi
er client gets what they want for dinner.
As for getting tickets for the films, they do offer tickets, but you gotta get there ealry wait in lines, and hopefully some on
e wont show. Tickets for locals go on Sell i think in Novemebr/ December, c

tahoetr: that used to be the case, but oh how its changed even in the last few years.
post #11 of 16
I think it'd be a fun time to be there. I'd do it up.

Crazy Q, does anyone actually ski at Sundance, during the Sundance film festival???
post #12 of 16
As mentioned, there is no one on the slopes ... the restaurants/bars are generally packed. That may not be a problem for you but the lodging might. If you intend to stay in the Park City/Deer Valley/Canyons environs, be prepared to pay double [or more] the usual rate for lodging. My sister rents her 1 bedroom in Park City for $650/day during Sundance and it is fully booked a year in advanced. Normal rates for her place is approx $275/day. You might try booking with Marriot well before September; sometimes the pre-seasons booking rates tend to be more normal and don’t reflect the Sundance crazy increases.
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
My parents own a few Marriott timeshares, so they exchanged one of their weeks for the 7th - 14th in Park City. I think we may leave it that week. My mother doesnt ski at all, and Main Street will pretty much be her only destination during the week. Also, we usually try to go to the best restaurants, so I dont want that to be an issue either. I have no desire to see any movies, and I couldnt care less about catching a glimpse of some overpaid peckerhead actor.
post #14 of 16
Well then you're all set. Mountainside is a pretty nice joint too.
post #15 of 16
We were at Deer Valley last year during Sundance, and the mountain was crowded (I had no idea DV was ever crowded) with cell phone carrying Hollywood types. Perhaps because DV grooms so much terrain, the place was full of Sundance participants. They are indeed green/blue cruisers. Some friends who were with us (who go to DV several times a year) couldn't believe how much more crowded it was during Sundance.

Restaurants in DV and PC were completely booked with reservations, had very long waits if they didn't take reservations, or were closed for private parties. Also, we found traffic to be a nightmare, compared to the usual Park City traffic level. It took us 45 minutes one evening to travel about 4 miles through PC.

We wouldn't go back to DV or PC during the film festival ever again. However, if you are going to go, get a ski in/ski out condo in PC, cook your own meals, and ski the blacks exclusively during Sundance.
post #16 of 16
When you get to Utah, don't sit in Park City for the whole week. Drive to Snowbird, Alta and Snowbasin. I can gaurantee you that Snowbasin will have empty slopes, it always does. They put in all the lifts for the Olympics but have not put in any hotels or condos yet so the drive is worth it.
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