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Celebrate the Sundance Film Festival

Park City, Utah. Everyone knows it’s one of the most amazing winter vacation spots in the world. With a beautiful downtown, a cozy local community, and some of the most incredible ski and snowboarding resorts in the country, we’re definitely one of the best places to bring your family for an unforgettable winter holiday.

Then, on top of all this, Park City also plays host to the world-famous Sundance Film Festival. In 2024, the festival will be held from January 18th to 28th, and for these enchanting 10 days, the iconic Sundance Film Festival will be “the ultimate gathering of original storytellers and audiences seeking new voices and fresh perspectives.” 

Their annual program includes documentary features, original dramas, fun short films, and episodic content. Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at the Festival have gone on to gain critical acclaim and reach new audiences worldwide.

There’s Nothing Like In-Person Viewing

If you’re a true film fanatic, traveling to Park City to attend the Sundance Film Festival in person is nothing short of magical. Not only will you see lots of creative and inspiring projects up close and personal, but you’ll also be able to attend tons of daily filmmaker discussions, panels, and other events. 

Park City is especially welcoming to Sundance attendees, and the friendly staff at Moose Management is happy to help you find the ideal vacation rental home that will keep you close to all the action, yet still provide a comfy, quiet place to unwind at the end of each day. We can also help you with local dining recommendations and help you get around. 

Online Options for Those That Can’t Get Here

The Sundance Film Festival is well aware of the fans that really want to attend, but simply can’t make it in person. Therefore, they’ve put together some very thoughtful online viewing options and separate ticket packages that can be easily accessed from their website. 

Online viewing can be especially perfect for those looking for a budget-friendly option since you can purchase all kinds of packages, including all the way down to a single movie viewing for only $25. 

About Sundance

Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, the Sundance Institute was created to assist independent filmmakers in sharing their unique visions with the world, and the first Sundance Film Festival played host to 10 emerging filmmakers high in the Utah mountains. This year, they boast a staff of 165 people and support more than 1,000 artists every year!

If you’re planning on attending the 2024 Sundance Film Festival, please get in touch with us at Moose Management. We would love to help.

Autumn 2021 Events in Park City

It’s hard to believe, but the summer season is nearly over. The warm, muggy days are almost behind us, and crisper, fall temps are right around the corner. September and October are two of our favorite months in Park City— and not just because we get to break out the fleece and sip on a mug of hot cocoa amidst the falling leaves. Park City celebrates autumn with an impressive lineup of festivals and events.

If you’re thinking about visiting Park City but don’t want to commit to full-blown winter temps, the next few months are the perfect time to experience the city during one of the most beautiful times of the year. Here are two events we’re looking forward to this fall in Park City.

Park City Song Summit
September 8 to September 12, 2021

The Park City Song Summit wants to make sure you know that it is not a music festival. The founders of the summit describe it as “an environment for musicians to share, learn, and recharge their passion for music through community and the power of song.” Throughout the week, attendees can experience unplugged performances and labs that are like master classes in songwriting.

The summit will be an energetic and exciting place to be— with live music being played not only in the amphitheater but all around town in local bars, on the street, and surprise performances in both small and large scale venues. Purchase your summit tickets here.

Park City Wine Festival
September 30 to October 3, 2021

Filled with over 100 vendors, the Park City Wine Festival is a feast for the senses. Local Park City restaurants are represented, along with wineries, distilleries, and craft breweries. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be a hardcore foodie or wine connoisseur to enjoy this gorgeous event. You can simply purchase your tickets and spend a lovely afternoon wandering through the festival, savoring and sampling the local delicacies.

Vino aficionados will rejoice at the world-class selection of wines from all over the globe— including Italy, France, and Argentina— as well as a huge array of wines from around the US. Tickets range from $85 to $249 per person, and you can pre-purchase your event tickets here.

Perfect Homes for Your Fall Trip to Park City

Located just minutes from nearly everything, Bear Hollow Village 5534B is the perfect spot to take your family for an unforgettable Park City autumn getaway. With space for up to eight people and gorgeous, open views, this exquisite home is the ideal home base for enjoying the festivals and the fall beauty.

If you need a bit more space for your autumn Park City escape, take a look inside Wasatch Springs 1123— a sprawling four-bedroom home with room for 14 people. A sleek, contemporary interior creates the perfect space to unwind after a day of adventure and exploring.

At Moose Management, our mission is to provide safe, comfortable, beautiful homes for our guests to experience Park City. If you have any questions about these homes, local events, or any other Park City happenings, we’re here for you. Simply reach out with an email or a phone call and we’re happy to help.

Sundance Film Festival 2020

Though the cheer of the holiday season may be over, there’s still plenty of glitz and glamour ahead as the iconic Sundance Film Festival heads to Park City from January 23 through February 2, 2020.

What is the Sundance Film Festival?

Founded by acclaimed actor Robert Redford, the Sundance Film Festival is a multi-day celebration of independent cinema. It showcases new work from independent filmmakers from the US and internationally and hosts various daily discussions, workshops and live music events. Hundreds of films have found their footing at Sundance and went on to enjoy critical acclaim and widespread recognition. As the largest festival of its kind in the US, Sundance attracts more than 125,000 people annually and is open to the public. 

If you’d like to attend for the sheer star power, you’ll be in good company. Though the list of A-list stars who attended in 2019 is long and varied, a few include Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Viola Davis, Zac Efron and of course, Robert Redford.

History

Interestingly, the Sundance Film Festival began simply. In the early 1960s, Robert Redford was taking a cross-country motorcycle trip when discovered the remote and rugged beauty of Provo Canyon and Mt. Timpanogos. By the late 1960s, he had purchased 5,000 acres and named it after his seminal role in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Later that year, he opened the Sundance Mountain Resort. 

In the early 1980s, the Sundance Institute was launched, as a means of giving a voice to the unheard stories of independent filmmakers. 

The first Sundance Film Festival was held in 1985. In the 35 years since it has offered a platform from which the careers of leading filmmakers have been launched. Some of these now-household names include Steven Soderberg, Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers. 

The Movies of Sundance

You may be surprised to know that, through the decades, some of the most celebrated films in terms of box office appeal and Academy Awards nominations and wins got their start at the Sundance Film Festival. 

Films such as “Napoleon Dynamite”, “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “Little Miss Sunshine”, “The Usual Suspects” and “Reservoir Dogs” all got their start at Sundance. 

Sundance Film Festival 2020

So what’s on tap for this year? Plenty! Click to see the festival program guide or if you’d like to know what movie is playing where, visit the Sundance schedule.

Tips and Tricks

To survive Sundance 2020, please follow these simple tips: 

Don’t forget that Park City is COLD. Daytime highs average between 12 and 33 degrees. Remember, layers are your friend, always have extra socks and gloves and most of all, wear appropriate shoes.

Do HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE. Park City is at an elevation of 7,000’. It’s very dry and you’re likely not used to that altitude.

Speaking of altitude, don’t drink alcohol and be prepared to take it easy for the first 24 hours. Allow your body to adjust so you don’t develop altitude sickness. Oh, and did we mention HYDRATE? Drink another glass of water.

Plan your schedule in advance, without being too rigid and don’t forget to factor in commuting time.

Make sure you have healthy snacks on you at all times. And water.

There is no “right” way to do Sundance. Don’t feel compelled to follow the crowd. Find the films and programs that speak to you and participate in those.

Most of all, enjoy the excitement and anticipation in the air. You may well be the first to discover the next great film and/or filmmaker of our time.  How’s that for bragging rights??

Holiday Season in Park City

Holiday Season Park CityIt’s the “most wonderful time of the year” – Holiday Season in Park City! And here, in this winter wonderland, we take that very seriously! 

After all, we have the picture-perfect storybook setting from which to celebrate the season. From our shimmering snow-covered mountains to our quaint Main Street filled with twinkling holiday lights and the nightly celebrations of the season, you’ll find more than enough to love during the end-of-the-year festivities in Park City!

For those interested in some of those celebrations, take a look at: 

Park City Snowfest

Between the dates of December 20 and January 5, come on out to Park City Mountain and take in the wonder that is Snowfest. 

With the entire family in mind, these 16 days of celebration include such activities as music, art, caroling, meet & greets with the Avalanche dogs, games, ice sculptures, complimentary s’mores and lots of other kids’ activities, fireworks and more! Daily multiple activities mean fun for everyone. 

57th Annual Torchlight Parade

Arguably, the piece de resistance of the Snowfest is the most popular holiday season activity in Park City. Here, the Park City’s ski and snowboard instructors lead Santa Claus down the mountain, turn by turn, straight into a most festive town procession. Refreshments are offered at the Park City Mountain Village just prior to the big arrival.

The Egyptian Theater

For those who prefer to celebrate the season from the warmth of the indoors, this may be just right for you. To celebrate this special time of year, the theater has lined up a variety of holiday cheer:

12/18-20:
Christmas with the Celts

12/21-25:
Kurt Bestor

12/26-31:
The Fifth Dimension

Come on out and celebrate!

New Year’s Eve Venues

While many think of the holiday season in Park City as Christmas, we know how to throw a party of New Year’s, too! Come to Park City to celebrate New Year’s and you’ll have plenty of venues from which to choose. No matter how over-the-top or understated you want your evening, you’ll find the perfect spot here. 

Park City Mountain: Canyons Village. A classic New Year’s Eve Party At Grand Summit Hotel for your favorite group of friends and family. 

NYE 2020 || Black and White Masquerade

Party to a famed New York City deejay!

How about a “Roaring 20s”-themed New Year’s Eve party? That’s exactly what you’ll get at Gatsby Style New Year’s Eve with Gold Standard, at the OP Rockwell Cocktail Lounge & Music Hall or New Year’s Eve at the Cabin.

If you’re looking for something a bit different than the usual revelry, consider a New Year’s Eve dining experience at Powder Restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria Park City. 

Other Wonderful Non-Holiday Stuff!

Even during this time of year, you’ll find wonderful activities to participate in that don’t have much to do with the holiday. On December 26, for the country music fans, you won’t want to miss Nashville Unplugged, an acoustic concert with some of country music’s most successful songwriters. 

Also, our many visiting oenophiles will certainly want to take advantage of the Weekend Wine Series, taking place December 27 at Silver Baron Lodge. 

However you decide to celebrate the season, we look forward to welcoming you! Enjoy one of our spotlessly clean vacation rental homes and condominiums and our welcoming hospitality. Give us a call today to book your perfect place!

 

Year-Round Kids Activities in Park City

The Travel Channel rates Park City as one of the top 15 most family-friendly ski resort destinations in the US. Pretty impressive! With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of on and off-the slopes activities that are not just kid-approved, but kid-requested, too!

Since Park City is a physically active destination, many of our kid-friendly activities center around physical activity and its enjoyment.

Ski Lessons
Park City offers a wide range of personalized ski and snowboard lessons/instruction for kids as young as 3. Nurture your kids love for the outdoors and nature combined with the exhilaration of skiing and snowboarding.

Park City Ice Arena
What’s better on a cold afternoon that an ice skating rink and hot chocolate?! The Park City Ice Arena offers public skate time each week, some with instruction. Make new family memories on the ice, amidst the laughter and spills. Helmet and skate rentals available.

South Summit Aquatic & Fitness Center
The South Summit Aquatic & Fitness Center is so much more than just a community pool! This activity center features a wide variety of programs and activities for kids all year long. Choose from sports camps and lessons to youth hikes to dive-in movies at the pool! They’ve got something for every kid in your family, as well as most of the adults!

Swaner EcoCenter
Though it’s only open for a total of 4 hours each weekend, the Swaner EcoCenter has a climbing wall for your kids to enjoy from 1-3 pm every Saturday and Sunday. In addition, they feature a regular calendar of events where you can find more fun activities, like hiking and crafting.

And for those parents and kids looking for something just a bit more laid back, here are some great options for you:

Heber Valley Railroad
Toot, toot! All Aboard!! Enjoy gorgeous scenery of the Wasatch Mountains and Provo Canyon, from a 100-year old steam locomotive. In addition to the beautiful scenic tours, the Heber Valley Railroad also offers themed train rides, such as Rock’n’Roll Train, Wizards Train, Star Wars Train and the North Pole Express. The kids will be clamoring to ride the train!

Kimball Art Center
The perfect place for your budding artiste! Classes are offered in a wide variety of art disciplines, such as painting, drawing, ceramics & pottery, wearable art, mixed media and glass. Classes are broken down by age group and discipline and are offered frequently throughout the week.

The Park City Library
The Park City Library welcomes kids of all ages every day to participate in their many classes, groups and activities. A small sampling of these include Storytime, Music & Movement, Minecraft Club to help kids learn problem-solving and social skills, the LEGO club to build your child’s creativity and even a Ukelele class!

Park City takes a great deal of pride in being a premier family-friendly destination and works hard to gain and maintain our visiting parents’ trust. As we invite you to enjoy our world-class skiing and year-round outdoor activities, we also hope that Park City becomes the place that holds your most precious family memories.