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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Insider's Guide To The Sundance Film Festival

Forbes.com has this ambitious article claiming to offer an insider's guide to the fabulous Sundance Film Festival, which runs July 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City and surrounding areas.

The article presents decent basic information. Below are excerpts, then I add a few comments.

Skip the rental car; festival shuttle buses connect all Park City venues, and the town’s free bus system will ferry you from the event’s downtown hub to area hotels and ski resorts.

...Purchase tickets online, at least 36 hours before showtime, between Jan. 15 and 25 (or at the main box office between Jan. 15 and 27). You can also buy day-of-show tickets, available in limited amounts at 8 a.m. daily, at the main box office. The last option is to go directly to a theater two hours before a screening and get on a waitlist...

There’s no question the slopes rival the arts scene for fun during the festival. Park City Mountain, Canyons and Deer Valley resorts all boast serious mountains accessible from downtown, so follow the A-listers to their favorites and discover why Utah claims to have “the greatest snow on earth.”

I'm having a hard time with that last paragraph. Park City Mountain Resorts offers the "Town Lift," which allows skiers to climb aboard right from downtown. But it takes a short drive or shuttle ride to get to lifts that serve Canyons or Deer Valley.

Where to Party: ...Nikki Beach-which has permanent clubs in 10 cities-will make its Sundance debut with a beach-meets-snow pop-up club in The Sky Lodge’s rooftop lounge during opening weekend.

Where to Stay: ...Montage Deer Valley-a quick ride from downtown Park City-is no stranger to throwing Sundance parties. The real reason to stay at the slopeside resort, though, is to enjoy a luxe respite from hobnobbing crowds.

Park City area resorts and motels regularly sell out during Sundance. If anyone tells you they have a killer deal, don't believe it. Whether you are booking for Sundance or for a ski trip, deal with reputable businesses. Park City police report two recent lodging scams, where people have wired money to someone who claims to offer lodging at Park City condos. Beware. Read details.

- Dave Webb

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