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Park City

+ Great family programs. Diverse terrain.
- Confusing mountain layout.

In this age of modern resorts, luxe comforts, though welcomed by many, can kill authenticity. PCMR has managed to strike the balance between modern and homey. The historic town at the base is connected by a ski bridge to the Town Lift. Within minutes, you’re delivered to a state-of-the-art six-pack accessing 3,300 acres of high-speed groomers and aspen-dappled back bowls. In fact, PCMR has spent more than $10 million in the last two years upgrading lifts, terrain parks and snowmaking without bleaching out the local color. Ripping through ancient glades in Thaynes Canyon or dropping into powdery steeps in Jupiter Bowl, you’ll speed by vestiges of the area’s mining past. This blend of old and new has a comforting appeal. As a reader sums up, “great vibe on the mountain and a fabulous town.” —Carrie Sheinberg

Don’t Miss » Unless you ski in the East, chances are you haven’t skied at night. Go ahead and postpone bedtime. Your kids will enjoy the nocturnal adventure.

Family Activity » Sorry, hardcore ski parents, but the one thing your children will talk about after your vacation is the alpine coaster.

Best Family Trail » Crews groom a different Signature Run daily, allowing young skiers to earn bragging rights—and increased confidence—by conquering new terrain.

Three Tips for Sundance: Deals and Debuts

Three Tips for Sundance: Deals and Debuts
Sundance
From January 20 - 30 2011, you too can Sundance with the stars. Held annually in Park City, Utah, this year’s Sundance Film Festival promises big names and sweet cinematic surprises. In conjunction with the festival, Park City resorts are rolling out the red carpet for skiers with some great deals.

Famous for its mix of Hollywood elite and underground auteurs, Sundance is the largest independent film festival in the United States. The 27th annual Sundance Film Festival will showcase 117 feature-length films from 29 countries. These films, selected from 3,812 feature-length film submissions from all over the world, will be shown in theaters in Park City and Salt Lake City from January 20-30. 94 of these are world premieres. And, yes, there will be celebrities. Namely, Robert Redford.

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