The Sundance Film Festival is the first taste of Park City for a lot of people. They come here to watch the films, see the stars and eat the eats. Some don’t even know that Park City is a world-renowned ski town surrounded by the pristine beauty of the Wasatch mountains.
Others have come to Park City to ski for years and decided that they want to see what this whole festival thing is about.
Others live here and want to take part in some of the activity without having to do the whole thing. Or deal with the traffic.
The five items below feature our best tips to make the most of the Sundance Film Festival. We recommend you follow them in the order presented, but this is up to you.
No matter which camp you fall into, one piece of advice for everyone: ski.
I know, you came here to watch films and go to parties, but please just take one day to ski. It is so unexpected that you would be able to ski in Park City in January without crowds and lift lines, but during those 10 days, you can do it. The town is full, but no one is here to ski. So, you should ski. (As a bonus, it always seems to snow during Sundance each year. So, it’s not just skiing; it’s powder skiing.)
Make dinner reservations early. Really early. Several of the restaurants will be completely closed to the public some nights during the festival to host private parties. Call in advance so you can eat where you want to.
You have to watch a movie (er, I mean, film) or two. It wouldn’t really make sense to come to Sundance and skip the main event. You can buy individual tickets or bundled packages. Even if the movie sucks, it’s fun to be there.
Spend the $200 and buy your credentials. Hang them around your neck and get into the panel discussions, exclusive events, get free lattes on Main Street and get access to private parties. Let’s be real. Sundance isn’t really about the films. It’s about the parties.
Finding accommodations is by far the hardest part about Sundance each year. Skip the hard part and buy your own vacation rental for next year.