Sundance Film Festival is once again upon us. Celebrities, film directors, budding stars, and adoring fans will all be making their way to the Park City to enjoy the festivities. However, when you get tired of popcorn and are itching to get out to get some fresh air head over to Heber Valley for more elbow room and to reclaim your personal space. Here is our director’s cut of six alternate endings to your Sundance experience.
Fun fact: Soldier Hollow Resort has the longest tubing lanes in the state stretching some 1,100 feet long. Tubing is a great family activity with a tow system that takes you effortlessly to the top of the hill. All you have to do is enjoy the ride down. Located just 20 minutes off Park City Main Street you can be laughing like a kid again and back in time for an early afternoon movie.
Pro Tip: Buy your tickets online and try your hand on the world famous cross country ski tracks. Equipment available at the day lodge.
Ice Castles aren’t some mythical buildings in children’s movies, they are real and they are amazing! Over 25,000,000 pounds of ice and 10,000 LED lights form the acre sized ice castle in Midway. Slides, tunnels, caverns and canyons are all formed out of hand placed icicles creating the perfect place to take an epic selfie. Be sure to buy your tickets online in order to skip long lines and avoid paying $5 more at the door.
Pro Tip: Hit the Ice Castles at dusk to get the full effect as the ice comes to life as it transforms from light to dark.
If the crowds at Sundance have you stressed out and you’re feeling the need for a little peace and serenity you might try swimming in a cave. Soaking in 95 degree mineral water inside one of nature’s wonders is a good way to relax the day’s cares away. Feeling a little more adventurous rent some scuba gear to practice your skills. We promise you, you will not need a wet suit to stay warm.
For some of us, we just love life in the fast lane. Slowing down is not in our vocabulary. Then a full throttled snowmobile ride up Daniels Summit is the prefect Sundance break. Unleash your machine as you cruise 50 mph through the deep snow above 10,000 feet. Don’t have your gear? No worries, Daniels Summit Lodge has all the gear to keep you comfortable and safe.
Pro Tip: Gummy bears make a great mid-ride snack. Just saying.
Kolaches (ko-la-cheese)? You’ve never heard of them? Time to give them a try. Think of a dinner roll stuffed with some of your favorite flavors like turkey, ham, pepper jack cheese, sausage, eggs, bacon. Need I say more? And then they have their mile high sweet rolls, and fruit filled dessert kolaches to finish it off. These make the perfect grab and go meal or a nice in between meals snack.
Pro Tip: Add a mixed soda to your order, you won’t regret it.
Adventuring around the Heber Valley can make a person very hungry that’s why we recommend stopping into Spin Café for some of their famous onion rings. Big thick golden and hot, these onion rings have got to be the best in the state. While there feel like a movie start and order some gelato to go along with your rings. The gelato is made fresh on site daily and they always have an array of delicious flavors.
Pro Tip: Stay for dinner. The onion rings and gelato alone are enough reason to stop by but once you’re inside you’re going to want to stay for dinner.
Cheese made from fresh milk from right out the back pasture is the best cheese there is. The cheese at Heber Valley Artisan Cheese is made with local and homemade flavors and some of their most popular flavors, Wasatch Back Jack, and Vanilla bean, are award winning. The Cheese Factory, as it’s known by locals, is a great place to pick up a variety of cheeses for a fancy cheese and wine party with friends, or for yourself if you’re not in a sharing mood.
Pro Tip: Ask about the Juustoleipa it’s a cheese popular in Finland. It doesn’t melt, but toasts perfectly. Peaked your curiosity yet?