PARK CITY, UT – The near chaos of opening weekend has died down and Sundance Film Festival has taken on a decidedly more relaxed vibe. By Tuesday night at 10 pm, main street looked like a ghost town. The A-list parties have given way to volunteer appreciation parties, the proportion of women teetering down the icy streets in spike heels and fur coats is a fraction of what it was, the locals can take a moment to catch their breaths and it is decidedly easier to get into a good restaurant without a reservation.
A great deal of what you hear about Sundance is reported on opening weekend or on awards night of closing weekend. Much less attention is paid to the midweek portion of the festival, where some of the best kept secrets lay in wait of discovery. The following list is my top 3 picks of things to do during the midfestival weekdays at Sundance:
1. Film Going.
If the pure heart of the festival- film going- is your aim, then midfestival is the absolute best time to get cozy with your tub of popcorn and box of candies. First, all of the buzz is out for the movies from opening weekend so it makes deciding what to see that much easier. Second, the premiers are over so getting last minute tickets to almost any movie is a breeze. Third, the weekend warrior crowd has flown the coop and the town is just generally less crowded and easier to get around.
You may already know that Park City is home to a fantastic mountain resort with 3,100 vertical feet, 3300 acres, 16 lifts and ample, varied terrain, but what you may not know is that during the festival the mountain is virtually empty. This means that all the fresh powder is yours for the taking. All. Week. Long. And that’s not to mention the gorgeous acres of groomed nordic skiing trails set amid the lower hills
3. Dining out.
All those 2 hours waits and reservations that were necessary on opening weekend? No more, feel free to sidle on up to any one of the delicious eateries on or off main st and dine on grub in the genre of your choice. Yuki Arashi on main, which is normally quite challenging to get into on opening weekend has a great blend of Japanese and Korean cuisine. Divine sushi and sashimi, kimchee miso and hamachi carpaccio are all highly recommended. Another local restaurant, Windy Ridge, is actually quite accessible even on opening weekend, is even better during midfestival especially if you’re ready to take a break from the crowds and have a nice, quiet, cozy dining experience for more reasonable prices than on main st. The southwestern corn chowder is the bomb.
Now that you’ve learned a few of the best kept secrets of Sundance, you can be sure to explore all that there is to offer. The slower, more languid midfestival still has a large amount of activities, from educational, to interactive, to vegetative, to athletic, there is a little, secret something waiting to be discovered at every turn.
Sundance Tourist VS Sundance Particpant
Mini skirt and spike heels Snow boots
Bare skin exposed in all weather Hats, gloves, scarves
Perfectly coiffed ‘do Hat head
Fur coat that matches the outfit Whatever was first out of the closet, probably in black
Mini purse dogs with sweaters on Children bundled in snowsuits