Planning Ahead - Your Park City Ski Adventure is Just Around the Corner

Posted by Linda on October 17, 2009

linda-view (linda-view)Snow is falling, no’s dumping outside here in Park City, and October has just begun. Time to kick start the ski season prep in our house. As the season looks like it might be getting off to an early start, it’s time to start shopping the local ski swaps and sales for some new gear for my growing girls.

Like me, you’re probably in ski planning mode for your family’s Park City ski vacation. Perhaps you’ve picked your ski week, booked your flight and reserved your lodging, but if you plan to visit during one of our peak ski weeks this season, you might want to consider adding a few more “to-dos” to your vacation checklist.

Reservations Recommended

Park City prides itself not only on our world-class skiing, but an equally impressive selection of amazing restaurants. Through the majority of the winter season, you’re likely to secure a reservation by calling several days in advance, but during the Sundance Film Festival (Jan. 21-31), your chances of nabbing a last-minute table for two at 8pm is about as likely as sitting next to Robert Redford at a premiere - very slim.The same holds true for President’s Week - the height of Park City’s ski season.

Several of Park City’s Main Street restaurants, and Sundance favorites - Riverhorse Cafe  Zoom, 350 Main, Shabu, Wahso, Grappa, Chimayo, and newcomer Oishi Sushi - will take Sundance/President’s Week reservations in advance. Best advice...give yourself at least a two-month lead time to book your table. 

When you’re in Park City, don’t forget, our local liquors laws allow you to BYOW - bring your own wine - to dinner. For a small corkage fee, you can bring your own bottle to any restaurant in town. Stop by the State Liquor Store (1550 Snow Creek Dr) for a great wine selection.


For ten days in January (21-31st), Park City’s slopes share the spotlight with some of the biggest and brightest stars in independent film. The Sundance Film Festival offers a variety of screenings of groundbreaking documentaries, foreign films, and world premiere feature films. During the Festival, Main Street is crawling with celebrities - and fans. It’s also one of the best times to ski, as the slopes are relatively uncrowded as most festival goers flock to film screenings. I’ve had some of my best ski days during Sundance. You also might find yourself riding on the chairlift with a director, producer or your favorite actor.

If you want to get tickets to Sundance, plan ahead. If you act fast, you can still register for the opportunity to purchase a festival pass or ticket package (deadline is 10/9). Or, register for your chance to purchase advance tickets at

Paging Mary Poppins

You’ve made your plans for dinner, a movie, what about a baby sitter? Your lodging concierge can be a great resource for local babysitting services. I’ve personally used The Clubhouse. Conveniently located on Main Street, and near PCMR’s Town Lift, The Clubhouse offers drop-in childcare by professional, licensed staff. You can also arrange to have a sitter come to your hotel or condo. Once again, plan ahead. Sitters are booked in advance for holiday weeks, Sundance and for most of the month of March.

I look forward to welcoming you and your family to town this winter! 

See you on the slopes.


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