Snow, skiing and Sundance festival in Utah

With the Sundance Film Festival in town, the eyes of the world are on Park City, Utah- A tourist town that thrives in Winter.

Park City is certainly a place which thrives in Winter, making it the perfect destination to start the new year. The snowfall and low temperature make it a great place to try your hand at some winter sports. January also sees the city filled with film-lovers as it plays host to the annual Sundance Film festival.

A city break in Utah

Park City has become one of the tourist destinations in the USA, with its tourists often outnumbering its local population. As such, the city is primed for tourism and has a wide range of accommodation available from small bed and breakfasts to high-end hotels. Public transport is also well set up and I would definitely advise using this rather than hiring your own car. For the very best Park City experience, base yourself near the centre to make the most of Main Street. Here in this historic centre, you’re spoilt for choice with bars and restaurants lining the strip. Brace yourself for cold temperatures though, as average snowfall in January reaches 25.8 inches. Perfect for hitting the slopes!

Winter sports in Utah

January is a great time to take to the slopes and enjoy the cold weather. Park City has many resorts in the surrounding area to try your hand at skiing, snowboarding and even bobsleigh. You can purchase the Three Resorts Pass in advance which gives you access to Deer Valley, The Canyons and Park City and is the most cost effective way to visit these three resorts. There is also free transport to shuttle you between the resorts.

I would highly recommend making a visit to the Utah Olympic Park. Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Games in 2002 and the Olympic Park is it’s legacy. Here you can go on a bobsled ride down the slopes used during the games, something which you’ll never forget. This tends to fill up quickly, so again it’s worth booking this in advance.  A ride will set you back $200 per person, and for an extra $25 you can try a Rocket Skeleton Ride. Certainly one to save up for but one you won’t want to miss.

If you’re not so keen to try the sports, there’s still lots for you to explore in the Olympic Park with guided tours available daily throughout the year and as well two museums to visit. The Alf Engen Ski Museum delves into the skiing history of the region, whilst the Winter Olympic Games Museum looks back at the 2002 games and its legacy. Entry into both museums is free.

Sundance Film Festival

Now in its 35th year, the Sundance Film Festival is widely seen as one of the best film festivals in the world. Celebrating independent film, the festival has debuted many iconic films over the years, including Reservoir Dogs, Little Miss Sunshine, Clerks and Napolean Dynamite. This year, the festival runs for 10 days from 17th- 27th January.

As well as an impressive line up of movies to watch, there is also a full events programme on offer, with panels, debates and concerts available throughout the day. It’s best to register in advance to purchase tickers, but if you’re booking last minute, there are tickets available on the day. Head to one of the box offices in Park City or Salt Lake City where tickets are on sale from 8am each morning during the festival. Make sure you arrive early to avoid disappointment.