If stalking your favorite celeb in Palm Springs at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic doesn’t suit you, here is an additional opportunity for star viewing – the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
The Festival opens this weekend, so you need to make plans today if you’ll need to travel or make hotel arrangements. Opening weekend is always the busiest, so you may want to consider going later in the event, which runs through January 28th. If you’re in the area already, it’s just a matter of transportation and tickets, both of which are do-able with a little effort.
Chances are, you will not be able to score a hotel in Park City at this late date, but it’s always worth a try. If that doesn’t work, Salt Lake City is a 45-minute drive away, so look for something there. Other areas to look for a room include Provo, Sundance Village or Ogden.
You may have seen paparazzi photos from previous Sundance Film Festivals. The stars always so look so chic, and well-dressed and groomed at all times. The festival calls in “mountain chic.” Well, just a reminder here, it’s January and you’ll be in Utah, and there’s snow and it’s cold. So dress warmly (layers are always good), bring hat and gloves, and a good pair of snow boots for walking around. If you’re lucky enough to score an invite to a private party, you’ll find people dressed in all sorts of attire.
Don’t forget that this is ski country, so bring your sticks or board and check out the snow at Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, or The Canyons Resort. You never know whom you’ll run into while schussing down the mountain.
Although you may be hanging out with the rich and famous, or, more likely just hanging out watching for them, the Film Festival is remarkably inexpensive. Tickets to individual screenings are $15 (advance purchase), and most are followed with a Question & Answer session with the director and sometimes the cast. If you’re willing to take your chances on day-of-show tickets, the price drops to $10. Tickets are now available online, with a variety of passes, and individual ticketing options.
Once you’re at the Festival, shuttles will take you between most venues and hotels, on a nearly 24-hour schedule. Park City Transit has enhanced its free, citywide public transit system with additional bus service. The Sundance Resort operates a shuttle between the resort and Park City, a 1-hour ride, for $20/person one-way.
If you’ll be at the Festival, be sure to take your laptop. Park City is a wireless city, so there’s no reason you can’t email friends about your daily events and star sightings. Be sure to put meon that email list, too.
And if you can’t get to the Festival, you can always check out Festival merchandise online. When people ask if you went, just smile and stare off dreamily.
Get complete information on attending the Festival, along with tips on how to make the most of the event at the Sundance website.
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