Make the Most of Your Sundance Experience
It’s that time of year again – Sundance season! Falling later in January than usual – January 24 – Feb 3, 2019 – it’s time to choreograph your Sun-“dance”. We’ve put together a few steps for making the most of the Sundance experience, like locals do.
Tickets – Passes, Packages, Individual Tickets… The schedules and descriptions of the films and events have been announced and passes and packages are on sale now. While many packages are sold out, flexible Passes are still available. Advance purchase individual tickets go on sale to members (become a member by January 13) on January 15; to Locals (Utah I.D. required) on January 17; and to the Public on January 22. Go online to see what’s showing where and when and make your plan.
…and the eWaitlist The new, mobile-enabled check-in system for the eWaitlist system helps to make sure that every seat in the theater is filled, and that festivalgoers have the chance to get into previously sold-out films. With your internet-capable device and an internet connection you can reserve a spot on the waitlist line, without having to wait outside in the cold! The system also makes it possible for you the view and manage your check-in and see the likelihood of getting in to the screening. Since nearly 15% of each audience is waitlist tickets, it’s worth a shot! You can even link to your friend’s account, so you can waitlist and see the film together. Go to ewaitlist.sundance.org to get started.
Enjoy the second week. The first weekend of the festival is always frantic. Town is packed with premiers, celebrities, parties, crowded streets, sidewalks, restaurants and bars. It’s fun for sure, but so is the second half of the Festival. Yes, you may miss some star-gazing, but honestly, the crowds are smaller and the vibe is more casual and events are more accessible during the second half. You’ll still find cast members and production crews that stick around to do the post-show audience Q&As. During the dates January 29 – February 3, you’ll see the films everyone is buzzing about, and avoid the crazy crush.
Enjoy early morning shows (and afternoon slopes). Stop by a Sundance box office and try to get tickets for morning shows. The party crowd will still be in bed during the 8 AM viewings, so your chances are pretty good to score tickets for these lower demand show times. Then after lunch, take a few turns on the ski slopes while the rest of the Sundancers are just starting to migrate to their venues. The ski resorts are refreshingly less crowded during this event, and ski conditions are typically perfect.
Participate without participating. There are so many other fun events taking place during Sundance that you can be part of the action without even seeing a movie. A stroll on Main Street is bound to reveal a “star” or two – be on the lookout for reporters with cameras and microphones to see who they’re interviewing! The people watching is phenomenal. Many of the pop-up activations are open to the public, as well, with samples of their products, interactive activities (think VR shorts) and comfy places to warm up or charge your phone. There are lots of film panels, concerts, sponsor lounges and artistic installations, not to mention the offshoot events, like Slamdance Film Festival. Simply wander around Main Street and pop in to explore all the cool activities. Or, check out the daily Live@Sundance streaming events, from the comfort of your vacation rental.
Tips for Sundance on a Budget – There are lots of ways to save money, and also increase the fun, such as:
And some practical advice – BOOTS! Seriously, your life will be so much better if you have warm, dry feet, and you stay on them. Make sure you have well-fitting, waterproof boots with good tread, for navigating the snowy/slushy/muddy streets in comfort, stability and style. You can find lots of options when you’re here at Jans and Tanger Outlets. Grocery Stores sell hand and boot warmers at the check-out stands; pick up a supply before you queue up for your movie. Dress in layers – theaters are generally kept at temperatures where you’ll be comfortable in shirtsleeves, and outside there can be moderate winter temperatures during the day, but at night, best to be prepared for some cold temps. And be sure to drink lots of water at our higher, dryer elevation – if you find yourself thirsty you’re on your way to dehydration. Bring a reusable water bottle – water stations are readily available for refills, and our Park City tap water tastes pretty good, too. And as always, wear sunscreen on exposed skin.
Enjoy the fun of Sundance with these local’s tips. And to experience Park City like a local, stay in a vacation rental home from Park City Lodging, Inc.
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