Best Bets: Experience the 2017 Sundance Film Festival like a Local

The glitz and glam of Hollywood has officially made its annual trek to Park City. From industry executives, Hollywood superstars and film devotees, it seems that just about every die-hard movie enthusiast flocks to our small ski town to experience the razzle-dazzle of the Sundance Film Festival.

Founded by Robert Redford in 1978 at his Sundance resort, the event is the single most celebrated film festival in the United States. Each year, almost 50,000 attendees from throughout the world come to the snowy slopes of Park city to celebrate the fun and artistic passion behind film making. And this year’s festival, which kicked off last weekend and runs through January 29, is once again making headlines with A-list celebrity appearances, political commentary and stunning wins and losses for competing films.

Now that we’re halfway through the festival and the opening weekend frenzy is over, true die-hard fans and locals have a chance to experience the surrounding attractions that many call the best of the best of Park City.

Here’s the inside scoop on enjoying the 2017 Sundance Film Festival like a local.

Eat Like a Local

Pay homage to the history of saloons in the Old West by visiting High West Saloon’s Park City location. Here, you’ll enjoy an alpine-inspired Western fare, including braised beef short rib, lamb stew, pan fried trout and scrumptious cheese fondue. Pair your meal with a glass of the restaurant’s fine wine and/or award-winning whiskeys and vodka selections. Located in Old Town Park City, at the bottom of Quittin’ Time ski run and next to the Town Lift, High West Saloon offers an intimate gathering place just one block off Main Street.

Another great choice is Robert Redford’s Zoom restaurant on Main Street. Not only does this restaurant serve up a hearty American cuisine including favorites like the infamous Zoom Burger, Truffle Mac n Cheese and Wood-Grilled Beef Tenderloin, it’s also rich in Sundance history (Zoom occupies an old Union Pacific Railroad station), allowing its guests to connect with the past while tasting the best of the present.

Play Like a Local

In addition to skiing and celebrity watching, Park City offers plenty of things to do off the mountain and off the red carpet. One of the many places you can venture to is Utah Olympic Park where families can take in the adrenaline rush of riding a winter comet bobsled, experience the glory of the 2002 Olympic Winter games at the park’s museum, take on various adventure courses full of challenging obstacles, learn the history of skiing and much more.

If you’re looking to dig deeper into Park City’s rich history then consider visiting the Park City Museum where you’ll explore an interactive pictorial of the city’s colorful mining and ski history. The newly renovated museum is located in the heart of the historic Old Town district and is easy accessible via public transportation.

Live Like a Local


If you’re looking to live the celebrity lifestyle, then turn your attention to these two gorgeous ski properties on the market that are worthy of a tour. One is an luxurious mountain retreat, a former “Extraordinary Utah Home,” that features architectural elegance and functionalities that harmoniously blend into its surrounding natural beauty. Call Bing Zhang for a tour today at (801) 455-1922.


The elegant Ironwood townhome encompasses all of the luxury the mountain lifestyle has to offer. A true ski-in/ski-out residence that is only 30 feet from the ski slopes at Deer Valley Resort, this home offers custom finishes typically found in the highest quality custom homes. Here, you’ll take in true Apres ski comfort that’s worthy of movie star likings. Call Marny Schlopy for a tour today at (435) 640-5660.


What are your best bets for enjoying the festivities surrounding the Sundance Film Festival? Let us know in the comments below.

By |2018-11-15T12:42:10-07:00January 25, 2017|

About the Author:

Michelle Quintero is a passionate writer who enjoys documenting and learning about the world through different forms of communication. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University who specialized in Broadcast Communication Arts. Along with her knowledge of broadcasting, she is also specialized in conveying messages through other platforms, such as social media, blogs, and news writing. Michelle has always had a fascination with real estate and is looking forward to writing for Coldwell Banker.

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