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Park City's Slopes Are (Almost) Empty

Park City's Slopes Are (Almost) Empty

[ Fri, 2010-01-29 17:48 ]
Enjoying the famous Utah powder at Park City Mountain Resort
Or so say a number of folks hitting the resort town during the Sundance Film Festival. Turns out most people go to Sundance for the movies, not the skiing. More slope for us, then.

During Sundance -- the big-cheese film festival held every January in Park City, Utah -- the little town's hotel rooms are booked full, and its streets and theaters are claustrophobic with Hollywood crowds. But the ski hills at its in-town resorts -- Park City Mountain Resort and The Canyons -- are almost empty. One of our spies just got back from the festival, and he reported not a single line at any of PCMR's many lifts. "I skied right up, loaded the chair, and rode up on my own most of the time," he groggily told us after a red-eye flight from SLC. One group of savvy skiers has taken advantage: Turns out Sundance Week is a popular time for locals to ski. "[The festival-goers] party, they watch movies, they stay up late," one such local told the Deseret News. "But none of them ski." Well, maybe not none. Bill Murray was seen wearing a leg brace and walking with crutches. The Stripes, Rushmore and Fantastic Mr. Fox star reportedly injured his knee while skiing, and spent a bit of his Sundance recuperating with a bucket of ice.