Quick Video Tour Of Canyonlands, Arches and Dead Horse Point
Canyonlands and Arches are indeed national parks. Dead Horse Point is actually a Utah state park. Still, the video is beautiful and shows some of the fun to be found in these areas.
KSL.com has this report about rankings by TripAdvisor.com. Here's an excerpt:
The Grand America in downtown Salt Lake City was ranked as the second-best luxury hotel in the U.S., the Waldorf Astoria Park City ranked fifth and the St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City ranked 18th. The Sky Lodge in Park City was rated the 14th-best overall hotel in the U.S., while the Red Mountain Resort in Ivins ranked as the 16th-best relaxation spa in the country.
Fox13now.com has this report about rankings by AAA. Stein Eriksen lodge in Park City and The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City earned prestigious 5-diamond awards. AAA gave 14 Utah lodging establishments were ranked as 4-diamond. Thirteen Utah restaurants ranked as four-diamond.
The annual Sundance Film Festival is underway in Park City and so many of Hollywood types are wandering around town. Now, a new deal may bring some of them back on a more permanent basis, since the city has inked an agreement to bring a major Hollywood studio to town.
Here are a couple new headlines from Sundance:
KSL.com has this report about the studio deal. Here are excerpts.
Raleigh Studios is the largest independent motion picture operator in the country. It produces popular TV shows like CSI:Miami and films like Iron Man 2 and The Avengers. The project, and the included soundstages, would allow Utah to compete with neighboring states for production.
There is one more step in the process, though. As part of the agreement to bring Raleigh Studios here, Park City would have to annex the land. The City Council will consider that during its meeting on Thursday. Once approved, the development could break ground this summer.
Skiers and board riders are celebrating because Utah resorts have received heavy snowfall during the past few days. Some resorts report up to 30 inches of new snow, with another big storm on our doorstep.
Avalanche danger is now significant in backcountry areas. Developed ski resorts perform avalanche control work that minimizes danger. Avalanche control is also done above highways that pass through mountainous areas. The danger comes in the backcountry. If you ski or snowmobile into the backcountry you need to be very careful and take measures to stay safe. The Utah Avalanche Center has information on current conditions along with forecasts and safety information.
Valley rain has caused flooding in some areas near Logan and Ogden. In the small town of Liberty, several basements have been flooded and there is standing water across some streets. A storm coming in tomorrow could drop more rain the area and that could aggravate the problem.
Major highways have not been affected - they are safe and in good shape. Some secondary roads near Liberty have been flooded. People are advised not to drive into flood water because it may be deep and hazardous.
These storms have not extended far into southern Utah. Conditions there have been mostly dry and mild.
Travelers should monitor weather and news reports to get the latest information about these potential problems. Here are some news stories to get you started.
The annual Sundance Film Festival begins tomorrow. It is headquartered in Park City and also has many activities in Salt Lake City and surrounding communities. It runs through Jan 29.
Park City is a busy town during the festival. Traffic is often congested or totally clogged on roads into the downtown area. Snow is expected during the next few days and that will add to snarls. People are encouraged to take mass transit buses around town.
Hotels in Park City book out weeks before the festival begins but excellent lodging is always available in Salt Lake City.
A-list celebs will be seen at screenings, parties and sometimes in shops and on the streets. Many people come to the festival hoping to catch a glimpse of a star or two.
The news media will be all over town, along with the paparazzi. Stories and photos from the festival will be published around the world. Below we offer links to a few interesting preview articles.
The Wall Street Journal: What Sundance Is Really Like
The Hollywood Reporter: Sundance 2012: A Cautiously Optimistic Look at This Year's Market
Deseret News: Sundance time: Indie film world gathers in Utah
The Toronto Star: Sundance 2012: 18 movies we’re excited about
The Sundance Film Festival is already generating considerable news coverage around the world, even though it does not begin until Jan 19. (It runs through Jan 29.) If you are interested, there is still time to get tickets for film screenings and other events.
The festival website has good information on "how to Sundance."
Huffingtonpost.com is updating a Sundance Diaries series and already has a few posts.
The New York Times has this article about a new deal that will bring past Sundance films to popular web outlets including Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, iTunes, YouTube and SundanceNOW.
ParkRecord.com has this new article about the Occupy Park City movement. Participants are struggling to figure out how to push their agenda without "disrespecting the festival."
We will bring you more Sundance updates as the festival gets underway.
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