Sorry glitterati, no Sundance for you!
COVID has canceled — like so many different issues — the celebrity studded in-person movie competition that turns Park City, Utah, into Beverly Hills each January.
While that’s horrible information for the Hollywood who’s who, that’s nice for us Joe Schmoes who use this winter wonderland retreat, 33 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, as supposed.
Just don’t count on to attain a deal now that Park City is sans celebs. Will festival-goer cancelations imply cut price room charges? “No,” Dan Howard, Visit Park City’s vice chairman of communications, instructed The Post.
“Room rates should drop slightly as there will likely be increased availability, but January still represents peak winter ski season,” stated Howard.
A half-hour drive from Main Street, and wrapped in pure canyon magnificence, the Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection’s winter season room charges are round $1,349 per evening. During a standard in-person Sundance season, nonetheless, beginning charges soar to round $1,899.
The whirly-bird set at Blue Sky can have no bother entertaining themselves with out Sundance.Auberge Resorts
Better but, facilities meant for the wealthy and well-known are actually out there to us well-heeled riffraff.
For occasion, Blue Sky’s cockle-warming Japanese donabe sizzling pot pop-up, Usu-Zan by SingleThread (courtesy of Californian farm-to-table “it” cooks Kyle and Katina Connaughton) was deliberate round Sundance, however the seven-course eating extravaganza, Jan. 20 to 30, isn’t canceled, stated a lodge rep.
Still, that is one expensive noodle stew costing $800-$900 per particular person, relying on essential course choice, however together with drink pairings.
Winter charges on the city’s St. Regis begin round $1,349.The St. Regis Deer Valley
A-Lister hang-out, the ski-in/ski-out St. Regis Deer Valley, positioned above Park City’s bustling Main Street, has its winter glow on, with cozy fires in luxurious suites that provide a 24-hour non-public butler. Après-ski within the just-opened Vintage Room the place the nightly sabering of the cork off a bottle of positive champagne is sort of a present. Room charges throughout a standard Sundance begin at $1,899 per evening; winter season charges are round $1,349.
The Waldorf Astoria Park City — a favourite for celebs arriving to Park City through helicopter — has slope-side entry to Park City Mountain, the most important ski resort within the United States, and suites with fireplaces and breathtaking views. Book a snowshoeing session and hike deep into snowy terrain. Winter room charges begin at about $1,500 per evening; throughout Sundance, charges begin at $1,800.
Regular winter charges on the Waldorf Astoria Park City begin at $1,500.Hilton
In city, the Washington School House is an intimate boutique lodge set in one of many United States’ final surviving unique Nineteenth-century schoolhouses. Dating to 1889 and a National Historic Registry landmark, winter sports activities followers get pleasure from its ski valet and après-ski across the heated mountainside out of doors pool and fireplace pit. Winter charges begin at $975 per evening, with breakfast, afternoon bites and drinks within the beautiful lounge, and nightly turndown service with treats included. Due to its extremely sought-after 13-room intimacy, Sundance charges are, properly, by means of the roof.
Skiers hit the slopes at Montage Deer Valley.Deer Valley
Sundance Mountain Resort is the extra low-key, western rustic resort owned by Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford. Like that isn’t some Hollywood star energy proper there! Surrounded by 6,000 picturesque acres of wilderness within the shadow of Utah’s 12,000-foot Mount Timpanogos, interiors cop cowboy stylish furnishings whereas Native American artwork from Redford’s private assortment is on show.
Take a ski raise as much as the resort’s Bearclaw Cabin, the one mountaintop lodge in Utah, and soak in spectacular views of the Heber and Utah Valleys, and the encircling Wasatch Mountains, whereas supping on Mexican consolation meals. Winter charges run from $408 per evening, leaping to a modest (for Sundance) $800 or so.
Toss again a number of on the High West Distillery. Auberge Resorts
Part of super-deluxe Montage International, Pendry Park City is because of open this January, becoming a member of large sister Montage Deer Valley, one other luxe spot with a enjoyable pub with bowling lanes, darts and classic arcade video games. Outside, the heated pool and sizzling tubs — and an out of doors terrace with fireplace pits — are excellent for stargazing. Montage Deer Valley winter charges run from $1425 per evening; competition charges leap to $2995 and up.
With no studio and company buyouts, seats needs to be simpler to search out at high-profile eateries and drinkeries like High West Distillery, a handmade whiskey, bourbon and rye-making ski-in distillery proper by the ski lifts, which has a Western-style saloon; Riverhorse on Main, a top-ranking steak and seafood joint; Grappa, an Italian-inspired restaurant set in a former saloon and brothel; and Wahso, an elegant Asian bistro with a western bent.
There isn’t any doubting that Sundance places Park City on the celeb map every January, however Visit Park City’s Howard says companies will take the cancelation in its stride.
“We lived through this when Sundance went fully virtual in January 2021,” added Howard.
“The result last year was that Sundance movies were screened by more people worldwide than ever before, and Park City hotels were utilized by recreation seekers looking to ski and enjoy the outdoors.”