It might seem counterintuitive to plan a ski trip to Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival.
Why go to Park City when town will be hustling and bustling with people, lodging hard to come by, and traffic on the local streets much worse?
For as busy as Park City proper might be during Sundance, the mountain is usually empty.
People Aren’t Skiing
During Sundance, people are much more preoccupied with getting tickets, attending premieres and after parties, and doing all things Sundance. That leaves a lot of room on the mountain for you to ski to your heart’s content.
When the town looks filled to the brim, the mountain looks like a ghost town. As a result, you get practically zero lift lines and all the great powder lines to yourself.
The Snow Is Great
Late January and early February is one of the best times to visit Utah. This season, Park City has benefited from above-average snowfall and an incredible base. A mid-January storm brought about 40 inches of snow to Park City, covering the mountain with blankets of fresh powder.
It also tends to stay lighter for a bit longer, so you can maximize your ski day and enjoy a bit more warmth in the afternoon.
There Are More Flights
Where there’s demand, there’s supply. Airlines up their flight numbers to Salt Lake City during Sundance anticipating a crowd. This means there are more planes for you to hop on as you make your way to Salt Lake City and nearby Park City.
There’s A Great Energy
If you do want to experience the culture of Sundance, you’ll have ample opportunity. You don’t need to attend film screenings to meet interesting people, spot celebrities, and take advantage of the numerous free activities going on around town.
It’s Learn To Ski And Snowboard Month In UtahJanuary is the official Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in Utah, so resorts tend to have great deals on lessons, rentals, and even lift tickets.
If you’re still getting your feet under you on the snow or are traveling with kids and inexperienced skiers, this time of year is an excellent time to visit.