Sundance Film Festival starts tomorrow, and I’m SO sad not to be in Park City! The first time I ever visited the town was during Sundance Film Festival 2008, when my sister’s friend organized a rental house for us and 8 other people. The 5-day trip was amazing—we skied all day and went to screenings and parties at night. That was my first ski trip out west and since then I have been hooked. Now, I travel to Park City at least once a year.
During Sundance, Park City is crawling with Hollywood-types who would rather smile for cameras than carve it up on the mountain—which is precisely why late January is the best time to go if you’re a skier or rider. Lift lines are shorter and trails are clear, while at night there are parties to hop and celebs to spot.
Behold, my guide for the best places to see and be seen at in Park City.
Enjoy awesome service, pristine trails, and fancy lodge food at this somewhat-snobby (in a good way!) skiers-only resort.
Park City Mountain
Wish you could take the chair lift straight from the slopes to Main Street? Park City Mountain’s Town Lift lets you do just that.
Park City’s not-for-beginners mountain boasts steep inclines and a much-appreciated heated bubble lift.
Who isn’t a sucker for a home décor store? From cast nickel skulls to hand-carved wooden benches, Root’d carries stock at every price point.
596 Main Street; rootdhome.com
Showcasing brands such as Elizabeth and James, Rag & Bone, and Vince, Cake Boutique offers clothing and accessories that are practical enough for snowy vacations yet chic enough for real life.
577 Main Street; cakeparkcity.com
Cole Sport at Silver Lake Village
If you want to look like a ski bunny, you have to shop at Cole’s. They have a killer selection of snow gear brands—Bogner, Toni Sailer, Kjus, and Fire+Ice to name a few.
Silver Lake Village; store.colesport.com
Talisker on Main
Don’t let the high prices deter you, Talisker on Main serves the best meal in town. My advice: order the lamb, and don’t forgo the warm biscuits.
515 Main Street; taliskeronmain.com
Burgers and Bourbon
Serving American classics, this slope-side eatery inside the Montage Deer Valley hotel boasts amazing views. It also serves the best burger in town. The only downside is that they’re closed for lunch.
The Montage, Deer Valley; montagehotels.com
No Name Saloon
This down home country bar is the best place in town to unwind after a day of skiing or a night of festival parties.
447 Main Street; nonamesaloon.net