The Sundance Film Festival is back in Park City, Utah once again in 2014. Having kicked off on Thursday the 16th, the festival is off to an electric start. With the festival running through until Sunday January 26th ample time remains to get down to Park City to take in some great movies! The schedule is packed with nearly 200 films on show.
The opening night of the 30th Sundance Festival was memorable and has really set the stage for the remaining 10 days of films and festivities.
Back again this year is the popular series, The Power of Story. On the 24th, the Egyptian Theatre will hold the Class of ‘94 story from 3 pm. 1994 changed the way independent films were viewed with the talent on show that year. 5 filmmakers including Gregg Arakki and Rose Troche will talk about the year and how it shaped the industry back then and the lasting effects today.
Park City is an area known for it’s amazing skiable peaks. Both Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort, located in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains, were the setting for numerous down-hill ski and snowboard events during the 2002 Winter Olympics. This area’s chutes and runs are so technical and challenging, the United States Ski Team, as well as the Australian Freestyle Ski Team train here. The calibre of athletes this area draws should be evidence enough that skiing in Park City is world class.
The peaks of the Wasatch Mountain Range aren’t just for skiers, however. The challenge and excitement of our local mountain range draws thousands of snowboard enthusiasts to our peaks every year.
With multiple ski and snowboard resorts within just a few miles of our lovely hotel, staying at Park City Peaks Hotel means the utmost of comfort, convenience, and a prime location with easy access to three of this area’s best snowboarding destinations.
Snowboarding and The Canyons
As the largest ski and snowboarding resort in Utah, The Canyons needs to be on every snowboarder’s list of slopes to experience. Regardless of your level of experience, The Canyons has something for every level of snowboarder. With an average annual snowfall of 355 inches, there is guaranteed to be ridable powder on The Canyon’s 4,000 acres of terrain when you visit.
The Canyons offers snowboarders access to 182 trails which are serviced by 21 chair lifts. The Canyons also offers boarders the fun of 6 natural half pipes to test your skills. For a map of the trails of The Canyons nine peaks, click here.
Snowboarding and Deer Valley
With 2,026 acres of mountainous terrain, Deer Valley Resort played host to a number of down-hill ski and snowboard competitions when Utah welcomed the 2002 Winter Olympics. While Deer Valley offered Olympic Athletes challenging slopes for their competition set against the beautiful backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains, what Deer Valley offers snowboarders is 100 trails of varying difficulty serviced by 21 chairlifts.
With consistent snowfall and challenging vertical drops, Deer Valley Resort is a great snowboarding destination. For a map of Deer Valley’s mountain, click here.
Snowboarding and Park City Mountain Resort
Another resort which served as a venue for the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City Mountain Resort offers boarders 365 inches of fresh powder every year on 3,300 acres of terrain spread over eight challenging peaks and nine bowls. Park City Mountain Resort is guaranteed to be a great destination for any snowboarder as they offer 116 trails of varying difficulties 17% of which are suitable for beginners, 52% for Intermediate snowboarders, and 31% of their trails are best left to the snowboarding experts.
Park City Mountain Resort also has one superpipe and one minipipe. For a maps of Park City Mountain Resorts diverse trails, click here.
Nestled comfortably close to all three of these world class mountain resorts, Park City Peaks Hotel is the best place for any snowboarder to stay while visiting Park City. Our convenient location means you can take full advantage of all that the Wasatch Mountains has to offer. Our comfortable accommodations and friendly service means that your every need will be looked after. If you’re planning a visit to Park City, give us a call, we look forward to welcoming you!
Tucked away in the beautiful and majestic mountains of Utah and just a mere 35 minute drive from the Salt Lake City airport, Park City Peaks Hotel is the perfect get away for anyone looking to do some skiing. With a decor inspired by the Rocky Mountains themselves, Park City Peaks Hotel sits atop three mountains of world renown within the ski community as unmatched ski resorts, The Canyons, Deer Valley, and Park City Mountain Resort.
The Canyons is one of the largest ski resorts in North America and is the largest ski resort in Utah. The Canyons Ski Resort has something to offer absolutely every type of skier out there. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or really know what you’re doing, The Canyons Ski Resort has a ski run that is right up your ally.
The Canyons boasts a base elevation of 6,800 feet and an average annual snowfall of 355 inches meaning there will always be fresh powder for skiers to take advantage of. With a summit elevation of 9,900 feet, and over 4,000 acres of skiable terrain with 182 trails, 10 percent of which is beginner, 44 percent intermediate, and 46 percent for experts, The Canyons really does have something for everyone.
Another of Utah’s ski resort treasures, Deer Valley Ski resorts boasts a staff which has been ranked number one by SKI Magazine for their exemplary customer service. Deer Valley offers Ski shipment to and from the resort via FedEx. There is also complimentary day parking near the resort and curb side assistance for helping guests load and upload their heavy ski equipment. Deer Valley staff will also store ski equipment for their guests to make travel between the resort and their guest’s accommodations that much easier.
If you’re a beginner, or someone looking to advance your skiing abilities, Deer Valley Ski Resort is home to some of the best ski instructors out there who offer ski classes for adults and children. If your children aren’t quite ready to ski, Deer Valley has a state-licensed children’s center where your kids will be looked after while you spend your day on the mountain. For guests who need to take a bit of a break from skiing, Deer Valley Ski Resort offers guided snow mobile tours of the foothills surrounding Park City.
Park City Mountain Resort has been rated number on in North America for ease and accessibility and is located just 35 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport. With a base elevation os 6,900 feet and a summit height of 10,000 feat, Park City Mountain Resort boasts over 3,300 acres of skiable terrain with 114 trails spread over eight peaks and nine bowls. Of the 114 trails, 17 percent are beginner, 52 percent are intermediate, and 31 percent are expert making Park City Mountain Ski Resort perfect for any skier regardless of experience and ability.
After a day spent in the wonder that is the Rocky Mountains, guests of Park City Peaks Hotel can return to their cozy suites and await a visit from our infamous “cookie man” who stop by and deliver freshly baked cookies with warm hot chocolate, the perfect end to any ski trip. Guests of Park City Peaks Hotel can also spend the evening relaxing in our comfortable indoor hot tub which is open daily until 11PM. Given our perfect location within the vicinity of three world class ski resorts, Park City Peaks Hotel is the perfect accommodations for anyone looking for a comfortable, relaxing place to stay during their Utah ski experience.
This month, Park City visitors get a chance to experience something more than slopes as Sundance Film Festival begins again. Bringing stars together in the beauty of a Utah winter, Sundance is one of the largest independent film festivals in the whole of the United States. A destination for American and international filmmakers, Sundance is known for edgy documentaries, feature-length and short films, and several competition sections. It’s also a chance to see the stars in their best winter gear.
Sundance the Festival
The original festival, held in 1978 shared films we now know as classics: A Streetcar Named Desire, Mean Streets, and Midnight Cowboy, among others. Sundance has grown steadily ever since attracting more cutting-edge filmmakers and catching the attention of international film industry types almost immediately. From your Park City Peaks Hotel suite you’ll be close to the venue and the excitement the festival brings to Park City every year. Your stay puts you in the center of buzzing premiers, photographers traveling with the Hollywood crowd and able to relax at the resort each night. Since its inception, Sundance has continued to bring us innovative storytelling and showcase Oscar-winning films that go on to join a legion of American classics.
Take a break from Park City Peaks Hotel and the world-class winter sporting events this year to check out some of the 200 films selected this year for Sundance 2013’s program. There are documentaries that confront today’s pressing subjects and coming from filmmakers from here in the US and all over the world. Dramatic entries comprise 16 films this year and are sure to bring new creative voices to the screen. You can also check out experimental short films and animated features in 2-D and 3-D.
There are also several events for hard-core movie lovers. Park City at Midnight will entertain movie lovers with horror, unruly storylines ad laugh-out-loud comedies sure to keep you up past your bedtime. There’s an experimental category that will showcase films that push the traditional aesthetics we have come to expect as movie watchers. Digital technologies used for innovative storytelling, classic works of independent filmmakers revisited, and the newest perspectives from around the globe all brought together by Sundance for one magical movie experience.
With a host of other events and dining experiences here at Park City Peaks Hotel along side, Sundance is not to be missed. The venues are spread throughout town so you might catch a glimpse of Oscar winners or your favorite independent director. You’ll certainly catch some excellent films.
Remember to make a reservation to Park City Peaks to enjoy the Sundance Festival this year!
Are you a skier or snowboarder who wants to get away from the crowds and carve your own path down the mountains? We have one of the best snowfall in America and thousands of people flock to Park City every year to experience our world class winter conditions. Contrary to popular belief, heli-ski expeditions aren’t reserved for “extreme” skiers and are suitable for those are experienced in most conditions. Our local heli-ski companies can fly you to inaccessible parts of the mountain and help you safely experience the thrill of racing down acres of untracked powder. If you’re ready to strap on your boots, grab your equipment and enjoy exploring our winter wonderland, keep reading to learn what Park City has to offer.
Wasatch Powderbird Guides
This highly acclaimed company offers trips into the Wasatch Mountains from the Canyons and Snowbird resorts. They have been in business since 1973 and cater to small or large groups ranging from one to 20 people. Start with a continental breakfast while going over the plans for the day, before being flown away to your own private skiing expedition. Trips cater to your style and ability, whether you are looking for challenging backcountry runs or hair-raising drops. Guides will assist you along the way with a typical ratio of 1:4, so you will rarely be without their assistance and watchful eye. You can also take a look at their skier ability chart to make sure you will feel confident during your mountain adventure. If you’re truly after the experience of a lifetime, they also offer trips to Japan, Argentina, Chile, Turkey and more! Click here to learn about their extensive safety standards and procedures.
Park City Powder Cats and Heli Ski
This company has exclusive rights to the Thousand Peaks Ranch, which is more than 40,000 acres and larger than the size of Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort and the Canyons Resort combined! They offer both skiing and snowboarding, with the option to choose between taking a helicopter up the mountain or the all-terrain vehicle known as a the powder cat. A catered lunch of wraps, sandwiches, soups, teas and fresh baked goods is also supplied depending on your tour and they will have plenty of water to keep you hydrated. Take a look at their pricing and packages for more information.
Want an Authentic Winter Resort Experience? Park City Peaks is the Ideal Destination
We are conveniently located next to the Deer Valley, Park City and The Canyons ski resorts. You will enjoy a view of the mountains while relaxing in our Upper Deck Sports Pub and can be up on the mountains within minutes. In our elegantly designed hotel, we offer comfort of highest quality at affordable rates. Our amenities include high speed internet, flat screen television with cable and an oversized outdoor hot tub. View our website for more details.
There’s always something amazing happening in Park City because we have a vibrant community of artists, musicians, chefs, entertainers and other talented residents. Although we frequently have great events happening in town, there are some annual occasions which are particularly special and many people plan their vacations around these times. From the Sundance Film Festival to the Celebrity Ski Challenge, here are five must-see events and festivals for your next visit to Park City.
The Kimball Arts Festival (August 2-4):
This three day event is now in its 44th year making it one of the oldest and largest in America. It offers a multi-sensory artistic experience including live music, art exhibitions, food tasting, art film screenings and the Park City Kimball Arts Festival Opening Night Gala and Auction. Close to 58, 000 people attend the festival and it is reasonably priced at only $10 for an adult weekend pass and $5 for children/students aged 18 to six.
Park City Wine and Food Classic (July 10-14):
Master winemakers, culinary experts and renowned entertainers gather at this premier event in Park City. More than 100 products are on display and with tastings, cooking seminars and product demonstrations there will definitely be something to whet your appetite.
Deer Valley Celebrity Ski Challenge (December 8-9):
At this free event, you can see Olympic athletes and celebrities engage in various events and activities as they raise money for the Waterkeeper Alliance. This charity is dedicated to protecting over 100,000 miles of rivers and coastlines around the world so it’s definitely for a good cause.
Sundance Film Festival: (Jan 17-27): As the world’s most famous film festival and Park City’s iconic event, Sundance provides an excellent opportunity to see amazing movies and engage in some celebrity spotting. Close to 50,000 people attend and there a variety of stellar events for both hardcore and casual film fans.
U.S. Snowboarding & Freeskiing Grand Prix (Feb 25 – March 2):
The Canyon’s Resort is hosting the world’s best snowcross athletes as they compete head to head. Sure to be a thrilling competition, the event is free if you are watching from the finish line.
Choose Park City Peaks as your Accommodation for Park City Activities
From the lavish Park City Peaks hotel, it is only a brief stroll to the mountains for all of your favourite winter activities. You can also catch the free shuttle and explore our delightful resort town. During the warmer months, our friendly staff will help you find hiking trails, golfing facilities, and other delightful activities. Park City Peaks has 125 welcoming guest rooms and six luxurious suites, which create a genuine resort atmosphere that is highly acclaimed. Browse our photo gallery for a teaser of what to expect when you book a fantastic vacation with Park City Peaks.
If you’re looking for a unique winter experience while you visit our beautiful city, why not take a sleigh ride? Glide across the snow on a romantic journey or get in the Christmas spirit with family as you travel through our breath-taking mountain scenery. A horse-drawn sleigh can take you to viewpoints you won’t find on foot and you’ll be able to look over breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and Park City. Check out the rest of the article for information on some local sleigh ride companies.
Boulder Mountain Ranch: This highly rated organization is located on the Deer Valley Ski Resort and is a favorite for marriage proposals or couples on their honeymoon. Rides are 30 minutes long and warm blankets are provided. They also have holiday rates and a dinner/sleigh ride combination package. The ranch offers horse tours through the mountains, wagon rides and horse rentals for self guided trips as well.
Rocky Mountain Outfitters: These guys are known for their excellent service and they were nominated as a finalist for the 2011 Guide Service of the Year Award. Their beautiful horses include friendly Clydesdales, Belgians, and spotted draft breeds who will take you to enjoy breathtaking views of the Wasatch Mountains. They have a variety of options available including group and individual rides as well as daytime and night rides. Click here for a great video of the Rocky Mountain horse drawn sleigh rides.
Rocky Mountain Sleigh Company was recognized as one of the top ten sleigh dinner operators by USA Today. They will take you far from crowds and along rivers, valleys and forests before treating you to a three course meal next to a wood burning fireplace in a charming log cabin. Check out their unique dog sledding adventures with real Alaskan Husky racing sled dogs too. Menu and prices are available here.
The Canyons Sleigh Rides: Take a 30 minute horse drawn tour through the beautiful and enchanting Willow Draw and learn a little about the history of Park City along the way. Although warm blankets are supplied, don’t forget to wear warm clothing as well.
Relax after an eventful day at our Park City hotel
Treat yourself to a traditional resort vacation while staying with Park City Peaks. You can warm yourself by the fire, relax in the comfort of one of our stylish rooms or enjoy a delicious meal at our on-site restaurant and bar. We are near free transport to numerous Park City attractions and the mountains are right on our doorstep. Check out our photo gallery to see what makes Park City Peaks so special and contact us here to make a reservation.
Park City was one of the first ski resort towns in the United States and we have some of the best snow in the world! Thousands of people visit Park City because it is an excellent location for winter sports including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice-skating, bobsledding and more.
Each year, an average of 350 inches of snow covers our quaint resort town and residents use this to create a variety of bowls, terrain parks and rinks over about 9000 acres of terrain. Read below for just some of the great activities we offer at our winter wonderland, Park City.
Skiing and Snowboarding
The Park City mountain ranges undoubtedly have something for everyone and our convenient transit system can take you everywhere for free. Fifty six ski lifts can take you to 426 runs fit for a variety of skill levels. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or seasoned veteran. Everyone from first timers to Olympic athletes can enjoy themselves, and you can also rent equipment and book lessons while you’re in town. Although snowboarding isn’t allowed at Deer Valley Resort, you can take your board to various terrain parks, half-pipes, big jumps and more at The Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort. Park City Peaks also offers negotiable discount rates for big groups who choose to stay with us and the mountains are literally on our doorstep!
For something a bit more relaxing, grab your skates and head over to the Park City Ice Arena for a fun glide on the ice with friends or family. Lessons are offered by trained professionals who have your fun and safety in mind at all times. The arena also offers curling and ice hockey, and is open year round.
Looking for the ultimate thrill? Try racing 80 miles an hour down a iced track with twists and turns at Utah Olympic Park. Bobsled is limited to those 16 years and older.
This fun Gorgoza Park activity requires no training and is suitable for the whole family, just hop on an inflatable tube and hang on! Seven different lanes are available for all skill levels and there’s a separate tubing hill for the younger ones. Lifts also carry you back to the top so you can do it all over again and the lanes are separated by lights so you can keep racing as the sun goes down.
Don’t let the snow prevent you from discovering our beautiful scenery! Park City has hundreds of trails that are just waiting to be explored. Click here for a list of great tours and rental companies available.
If you’ve got the need for speed and you want to explore as much of Park City as possible, this is for you. Dozens of touring companies can take you for a picturesque journey across the slopes to witness amazing views and scenery that aren’t otherwise accessible during this time of year. Snowmobiling is a relatively safe activity and there is training or dual bikes available for those who are new to the exciting sport.
Enjoy your vacation at our exquisite Park City resort
With all of these exciting winter activities to try, you’re going to need somewhere comfortable and enjoyable to stay. Park City Peaks is all of these things and more. We have a full range of activities within easy access of our hotel and you can relax at our Upper Deck Sports Pub while enjoying a beautiful view of the mountains. Our friendly staff can also tell you what’s happening in town and all of our stylish rooms are of the highest quality. Contact us here to make a booking.
Park City is famous for the world renowned Sundance Film Festival, but that’s not the only worthwhile event happening over the next few months. The vibrant resort town regularly hosts events which are enjoyed by both visitors and locals alike. With talented communities supporting arts, music, sports, food and more, there’s always something interesting to attend. If you’re wondering what great events Park City is hosting in the next few months continue reading for some useful recommendations.
Our Park City Lodge Suggests the Following Events and Activities
Park City Gallery Stroll: During the last Friday of every month, the Park City Gallery Association offers a unique showcase of our talented artists and takes you through a walking tour of special events and exhibits.
Paul Draper – Mysteries of the Mind: Paul Draper performs mind reading and magic on November 17 at the historic Egyptian Theatre. This all-ages show will shock, amaze and entertain audiences. For more events and information about the Egyptian Theatre, take a look at our previous blog post!
Winter Classics Music Festival: The extremely talented Park Chamber Music society will be performing songs from classic composers such as Beethoven and Mozart during the upcoming winter months. Stay tuned for more details.
Deer Valley Celebrity Ski Fest: Stars from television, film and the Olympic games show their skills and raise money for the Waterkeeper Alliance charity during December 7-10.
Sprint US Snowboarding and Freeskiing Grand Prix: See the world’s top skiers perform in slopestyle as well as snowboarding and freeskiing halfpipe. With over $375,000 in prizes on the line, this will be a highly competitive event. Competition runs from December 21-22.
The Utah Olympic Oval Halloween events: There are a variety of great Halloween events at the oval during the next few months. On October 26, the Oval is hosting a trick or treat indoor street where you can walk around in your favourite costume and collect treats from community vendors and businesses. If you’re not in a spooky mood, there’s also “Cosmic Curling” on Mondays, which uses black lights and neon to make curling even more fun!
Sundance Film Festival: Although America’s premier film festival isn’t until January 17-27 next year, tickets sell out fast and accommodation books out quickly so it’s best to be prepared as early as possible. Even if you’re not attending the festival, this is a great time to visit Park City and there are usually many celebrity spottings in the area.
Looking for Park City accommodation while visiting some of our local events?
Park City Peaks is the perfect hub for anyone coming to Park City and looking to enjoy some of activities and events in the area. As well as previously hosting exciting events ourselves, we also offer free shuttle transportation into town and are just a brief stroll from the mountains. If you’d like to find out more about what makes Park City Peaks so special, learn about our luxurious rooms and read about the amazing amenities including a heated pool, restaurant and bar.
Don’t forget we have also posted many other useful articles about Park City on our Park City Peaks blog! Thanks for reading!
Park City is well known for its talented community of artists, film-makers, musicians and more. Our downtown area is a combination of historic and modern, with many older buildings mixed in with modern construction. For people looking to experience some of our vibrant local talent and unique culture, we have a wide range of excellent art galleries which each cater to different styles and tastes. Read below for some information about Park City art galleries.
Great Park City Art Galleries
Meyer Gallery: Located in the former First National Bank of Utah building built in 1890, the Meyer Gallery was established in 1965 and represents both renowned and emerging artists. It is open late on most days.
Gallery MAR: This unique collection of modern art includes everything from landscapes to bronze sculptures. They specialize in non-commercial work and have a warm and inviting atmosphere with friendly attentive staff.
Julie Nester Gallery: Named after a local enthusiast with over 15 years experience, the Julie Nester Gallery is located in the Iron Horse District and supports artists of all fields. Their collection includes original paintings, mixed media prints, photography and sculpture. It was named “Best Art Gallery in Utah” in 2005 by Salt Lake Magazine.
Coda Gallery: Sculptures, glass and paintings of all styles are visible at the Coda Gallery. View some of the work currently on display here.
Silver Queen Fine Art: This intimate gallery features an eclectic group of local artists and has some very unique artwork including contemporary bronze and glass sculptures, paintings and jewellery.
There are many more galleries to be found in Park City. Click here, to view an index.
Looking for Park City Accommodation? Park City Peaks is an Excellent Choice!
Park City Peaks is the perfect location for the outdoor adventurer or someone just looking to explore the city. We are renowned for our classic ski lodge atmosphere and excellent Park City accommodation. Enjoy our elegant, cozy rooms located right in front of the beautiful mountainside with easy access to the ski lifts. All of our luxurious rooms include cable television, laundry and valet service and more. Contact us here if you would like to make a booking.