COVID has canceled — like so many different issues — the famous person studded in-person movie pageant 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 anticipate to rating a deal now that Park City is sans celebs. Will festival-goer cancelations imply discount 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,” mentioned 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 night time. During a regular in-person Sundance season, nonetheless, beginning charges bounce to round $1,899.
Better but, facilities meant for the wealthy and well-known are now accessible 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, mentioned a resort rep.
Still, this is one dear noodle stew costing $800-$900 per individual, relying on primary course choice, however together with drink pairings.
A-Lister hang-out, the ski-in/ski-out St. Regis Deer Valley, situated 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 high-quality champagne is fairly a present. Room charges throughout a regular Sundance begin at $1,899 per night time; 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 biggest 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 night time; throughout Sundance, charges begin at $1,800.
In city, the Washington School House is an intimate boutique resort 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 take pleasure in its ski valet and après-ski across the heated mountainside outside pool and fireplace pit. Winter charges begin at $975 per night time, 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.
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 up to the resort’s Bearclaw Cabin, the one mountaintop lodge in Utah, and soak in spectacular views of the Heber and Utah Valleys, and the encompassing Wasatch Mountains, whereas supping on Mexican consolation meals. Winter charges run from $408 per night time, leaping to a modest (for Sundance) $800 or so.
Part of super-deluxe Montage International, Pendry Park City is due to open this January, becoming a member of massive 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 outside terrace with fireplace pits — are excellent for stargazing. Montage Deer Valley winter charges run from $1425 per night time; pageant charges leap to $2995 and up.
With no studio and company buyouts, seats ought to be simpler to discover at high-profile eateries and drinkeries like High West Distillery, a hand-crafted 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, a stylish Asian bistro with a western bent.
There is no 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.”