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Why Choose a Park City Ski Vacation?

We all want to be a hero during the holiday season and rightfully so. The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time spent with family and friends, not stressing out shopping in department stores. A Park City ski vacation could be a great opportunity to try something new, reconnect with family or friends, and make lifelong memories. No matter what your family members are into Park City can satisfy almost every want or need. Here are our top Five Reasons on Why Choose a Park City Ski Vacation.

  1. The Largest Ski Resort In the USAYou’ve probably heard by now that as of the 2015-16 ski season Vail Resorts has linked Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort to create the largest ski resort in the United States. The statistics are staggering: 7,300 acres of skiable terrain, 17 peaks, 14 bowls, 300+ trails, 16 on-mountain dining locations, and over 150 park features. Your family or group will need more than a weekend to explore all the terrain on their Park City ski vacation. The options are endless.
  2. The Greatest Snow on Earth® It’s no secret that Utah claims to have “The Greatest Snow on Earth®” you can see it on license plates, it’s even trade marked by Ski Utah. But does Utah really have what it takes to back up this claim? Let’s take a look. From December through March, more than a foot of snow falls every five days in the Wasatch Range. Utah’s snow density is 8.5 percent making it the perfect weight to float through. Utah on average, receives 18 storms a year that produce more than 12 inches in a 24-hour period. Spring skiing is redefined in Utah where on average, 6.7 feet of snow falls each April. So yeah, I think Utah can back up the claim.
  3. Affordability– Did you know Fifth graders can ski or ride three times FREE at each of Utah’s 14 resorts with the Ski Utah 5th Grade Passport? Processing Fee is $35 (price increases after January 31, 2017). Sixth graders can ski or ride one time FREE at each resort. Processing Fee is $35 (price increases after January 31, 2017). To complete the online passport application head over to Ski Utah and follow the prompts and instructions. The Passport is full of special deals and coupons for ski and snowboard rentals, lessons, and other great perks to help kids experience skiing in Utah.
  4. Easy AccessBoth of Park City’s ski resorts are under 40 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport and can be accessed in under an hour. This quick access allows many travelers to fly in and ski the same day.
  5. Loads of Other Winter Activities– If your family or group isn’t interested in skiing until they collapse maybe it’s time to consider the other winter activities that Park City has to offer like horse drawn sleighs, bobsledding, snowmobiling or maybe the Sundance Institute and it’s many screenings of undiscovered hit films. Park City is full of world class shopping, dining, and arts. No matter the interest Park City can fill it.

For any additional information on Ski Vacations please visit our winter activities page here or speak with one of our destination specialists. Park City Lodging offers incredible accommodations set to fit any family or group size. Be the holiday hero and give your family what they really want, a Park City ski vacation.

Ski Park City MLK weekend!

We’ll let you in on one of Park City’s local secrets… One of the best times to ski in Park City is during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend,  January 15-18, 2016. Park City is welcoming skiers and riders during a weekend that didn’t used to be available to the general public.

Historically, Sundance Film Festival used to straddle this weekend, but visitors no longer have to worry about sold out accommodations and traffic gridlock. In 2013, Park City Municipal Corp. and Sundance agreed to shift the event dates to avoid this schedule conflict during a weekend that many families wish to get away on ski holidays.  For the foreseeable future, the Sundance Film Festival has moved its event dates to later in the month (January 21 – 31, 2016).

The MLK holiday weekend offers a great opportunity to experience over 9,300 skiable acres of “the greatest snow on earth©”.  As you begin planning your winter getaway to Park City, check out www.ParkCityLodging.com for the best selection of vacation rentals near Park City Mountain’s base area and Canyons Village, Deer Valley® Resort, and historic Main Street.

New Sundance Dates Open Up MLK Weekend in Park City

Park City Lodging PromoAs you plan your Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend ski or snowboard trip, we bring you the good news that Sundance Film Festival has moved a week later in 2015, meaning that you can enjoy your holiday weekend in Park City without having to jostle for rooms, restaurant reservations and parking spaces with all of the film buffs!

This new agreement between Park City and the Sundance Film Festival means that in 2015 and for the next ten years, there will be no overlap between the film festival and the holiday weekend.

MLK Weekend (Jan. 16-19 in 2015) is always one of the most popular times for a quick ski getaway, and things should be even better this year without the crowds of Sundance!

Park City offers three of the best ski resorts in the world in Park City Mountain, Deer Valley and Canyons Resort, meaning that if you come for a three-day weekend, you can ski at a different place every day!

In addition to the first class skiing and snowboarding, downtown Park City has an abundance of shops and great restaurants, a number of which will be offering specials for MLK Weekend.

If you have a few extra vacation days, stay a little longer and enjoy the Sundance Film Festival too! The festival, which kicks off on Jan. 22 and runs through Feb. 1, is one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States and in the past has been the launching point for popular movies like The Blair Witch Project, Little Miss Sunshine and Napoleon Dynamite.

25% Off Lodging for MLK Weekend – Park City Lodging

Park City Lodging is excited to offer 25% off of a three-night stay over Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend! Enjoy low crowds and great snow before the Sundance Film Festival begins January 22.

To book, call (855) 474-6672.

Terms and Conditions: Based on availability. Valid on new bookings only for stays from January 16-19, 2015. Property restrictions may apply. Terms and Conditions apply.

 

2015 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film FestivalThe Sundance Film Festival brings celebrities and movie buffs alike to Park City every year, and the 2015 edition, which will be held Jan. 22 – Feb. 1, is no different. One of the largest independent film festivals in the United States, Sundance Film Festival showcases up-and-coming dramatic and documentary films and in the past has been the launching point for popular movies like The Blair Witch Project, Little Miss Sunshine and Napoleon Dynamite.

If you’re coming to Park City for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, check out these tips to get the most out of your experience.

Sundance Film Festival Tickets

Most of the ticket packages for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival have already sold out, but don’t worry, there are still individual tickets left. Individual tickets will go on sale starting on Jan. 20 on the Sundance Film Festival website or at the main Park City box office at 136 Heber Ave. A limited number of tickets are also released on the day of each show for previously unavailable screenings and can be purchased in person at the Heber Ave. box office.

In the past, if you couldn’t get tickets in advance, you faced the prospect of spending hours in line at the theater trying to get in off the waitlist, but Sundance Film Festival has now introduced an electronic wait list to allow you to get a waitlist number from your phone or other Internet capable device. Register for the electronic waitlist about two hours before your screening, receive a waitlist number and then arrive at the theater 30 minutes prior to the start of the show. No more standing in the cold!

Make a Plan

The slate of films for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival will be released in mid-December. Check the festival website to see which films look interesting, and try to make a plan of the ones that you want to see each day.

There are nine different theaters used during the festival in Park City, all connected by a free shuttle service. There are also screenings in Salt Lake City, Odgen and at Sundance Resort if you want to make a day trip to try to avoid the crowds.

Enjoy the Nightlife

Beyond the great movies, fans and media come to Sundance Film Festival from all over the world for the people watching. It’s not uncommon to rub shoulders with Hollywood stars while walking down historic Main Street or taking in one of the films.

There are concerts and parties going on in Park City during the entire festival, especially the opening weekend, so hit the town at night and you could meet somebody famous!

Hit the Slopes

The crowds flocking to downtown for the Sundance Film Festival tend to draw people away from Park City’s three amazing ski resorts, making it one of the best times to take on the “Greatest Snow on Earth” without having to wait in lift lines. If you’re coming to town for Sundance, plan to spend at least a day at Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort or Canyons Resort. The fresh air of the Wasatch Mountains will provide a nice break from the festival hubbub down below.

As you plan your trip to Park City for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, use Park City Lodging to find the perfect spot for your festival headquarters. We have properties all over downtown Park City that will put you right in the middle of all the action, as well as options at all three of Park City’s ski resorts. Come and join us as our mountain paradise turns into Hollywood for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival!

Letter from the Director

Sundance Film Festival Feedback-

A SMALL ACT (US Documentary Competition)

Letter from Director/Screenwriter, Jennifer Arnold

It is every filmmaker’s dream to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and my experience this year was so unexpected and so extraordinary that I wanted to say a direct thank you to everyone who made it possible.

My film, the documentary A Small Act, tells the story of Chris Mburu, a Kenyan man whose early education was sponsored by a woman from Sweden whom he had never met. By donating roughly $15 a month to an education fund, her small contribution paid off: Chris made it all the way to Harvard Law School and then started his own scholarship program, which now sponsors new generations of Kenyan students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to go to school.

I arrived at the Sundance Film Festival this January hoping people would like my film, but I never dreamt that audiences’ reactions would directly lead to changing lives. After Festival screenings, I kept hearing from people how the film empowered them to make a difference. Audience members started handing us unsolicited donations—from twenty dollar bills to thousand dollar checks. By the time the Festival was finished, $90,000 had been donated to an education fund, which means that more Kenyan children will go to school. It was amazing!

Without Sundance Institute, A Small Act would have never had such an impact. The Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program supported the film with a grant and the Festival screenings moved audiences into action. The experience showed me that Sundance is much more than an institution that promotes film; it is a platform for stories that can change the world.

Small acts, when taken collectively, have a huge impact. I know the support of patrons is what makes the work of the nonprofit Sundance Institute possible, and I want to say thank you to everyone who contributes to this important mission. I hope you will consider supporting the Institute today, because your contribution can make a huge difference to not only us individual filmmakers… but also to the world at large.

Make a small act today! Click here to support artists worldwide.

Much thanks to all of you!

Jennifer Arnold