1997 Sundance Film Festival Diaries
Park City: Parking Your Body (and Getting It) There
November 20, 1996
If you are planning to attend Sundance this year, you need to start thinking
about making preparations now. Even though the films have not been announced
yet, lodging, flights and transportation accommodations are being booked
up quickly. It's pretty tough to find a room in mid-January. Here is some
Flights: Delta Airlines is a sponsor of the Festival and is offering special
rates for guests of Sundance. Contact them at (800) 241-6760 and refer to
file number V0410. The closest airport is Salt Lake International Airport.
Most major domestic airlines serve this airport.
Ground Transportation: Many individuals choose not to rent a car while at
Sundance, both to avoid the trouble of parking and because dealing with
the snow can be more adventure than they are seeking. Last year, for example,
there was often a foot of snow a day during the Festival, and if you rented
a condo without a garage, as did a couple of Film Scouts, you had some shovelling
to do even just to find your car, not to speak of moving it. Renting a four-wheel-drive
is highly recommended, but these vehicles are grabbed early and you should
reserve one now. The major national car rental agencies all operate out
of the airport. If you don't have wheels, Park City provides continuous
shuttle service to all theaters and events, and there are taxis. The town
is not very big, so you can walk to places also - if the snow isn't so deep
as to require snowshoes.
Rocky Mountain Super Express provides round-trip shuttle service from Salt
Lake City Airport to Park City. They advise calling ahead for reservations
at (800) 397-0773.
Lodging: Park City is an historic old mining town and, to preserve its character,
zoning laws prohibit high-rises or those new strip-mall-esque 'Inns'. Most
of the accommodations in town are condominiums or 2-6 storey hotels. These
are all being quickly booked. If you like skiing (or just watching) there
are a few hotels right at the bottom of the slopes. Here are some numbers
Park City Reservations - 800-453-5789
Deer Valley Lodging - 800-453-3833
Park City Resort Lodging - 800-545-7669
Inn at Prospector Square - 800-453-3812
Radisson Hotel - 800-333-3333
Yarrow Hotel - 800-327-2332
David Holland's Resort Lodging & Conference Services - 888-Park-City
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