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Yes, the Sundance question again.

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

This hasn't been asked in a few years.

 

I've heard the resorts/lifts/slopes are pretty empty and not bad at all.

 

I usually stay at a condo just North of The Canyons, and have no intentions of going anywhere near downtown to PCMR, the shops, DV etc...

 

I plan on staying on that end, hit The Cayons then Brighton the two days I will be there, eat on the North end by the highway for dinner etc...

 

What do you think of that idea?

 

I hear if you stay away from the DT area, and finding a place to sit and eat might be a PITA..but otherwise, these seems like not a bad idea to me.

 

Thought appreciated who has been there in the past year or two during this time and what you did.

 

Thanks

post #2 of 9

As long as you have a place, you should be fine. Housing costs are more expensive at that time tho. Slopes are fine. traffic between PC and SLC is fine.

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Cool..thanks for the input.

 

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Originally Posted by Maui Steve View Post

As long as you have a place, you should be fine. Housing costs are more expensive at that time tho. Slopes are fine. traffic between PC and SLC is fine.

post #4 of 9

I think everything's jacked up during that time. So food and such may very well be more expensive too. Though that may not be the case up in Kimball Junction.

 

I was at the Canyons and PCMR once during Sundance and they didn't seem that much more crowded than usual. I think all the crowds stick to the streets and theaters. If you're just hanging around The Canyons and Cottonwoods, and those dates work for you, I don't see any reason against it.

post #5 of 9

techlogik,

Having lived here for 5 years and coming for 15, the crowds during Sundance are usually glued to Main Street and such. In fact the mountains seem rather empty in my opinion. Especially if it snows!

If you are planning on spending time in Utah and want the best conditions, why don't you stay on the frontside(SLC). There's plenty of restaurants, bars, and the prices are half what Sundance prices are!

Let me know if you need accommodations, discount lift tickets, or some FAT ski's.

ritch@powderdawgz.com

post #6 of 9

Techno, my family rents some condo's there every year during sundance, got some movie lovers and some mountain lovers and I've been going annually for 7+ years. Once you are on the mountains in general it's not crowded. Maybe on the first Saturday of the festival you get some crowds on the lower sections of Park City, but The Canyons less so than PC and Deer Valley and the cottonwoods are fine.. I have only seen Saturday be an issue at Park City and only on the lower mountain. The town is crowded but it's got a good energy and people are in good moods. I think there's been fresh pow at least 4 of the 7 years over the first and or second weekend. There is traffic in town and getting to the resorts, other than that it's great. Some LA starlets and associated talent don't hurt the view either. :-)

post #7 of 9

If you can get accommodation in Park City or nearby during Sundance, it is the best time to ski. the resorts are deserted and in the years I've been there, the skiing's been good and so has the weather.  And if you are taking lessons, you'll find the instructors outnumber the students. Because no-one's working, the guys at the top of the tree get chosen first, so you get more qualified/popular instructors.

 

If you want to go out for dinner, the crowds will be an issue, ditto the gridlocked roads. Even out at Kimball where it sounds like you'll be staying, there's stuff happening. Maybe go the self-catering option.

 

Downtown on main street though is great for people watching.

post #8 of 9

It should be noted that the top of the mountain at Sundance is actually lower in elevation than the parking lot at the bottom of Alta.  There is a reason there are no crowds at Sundance, the snow conditions are usually vastly inferior to what you find in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, although on a good day it is a great little area.

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the great feedback.  Just what I suspected.  Turns out, for the family/school etc...we are going to be there the second week of February.

 

But as a reference for myself or others, I think this is valuable information for those thinking about being their during the Festival time period and what to expect.

 

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