Some of us really have no need for a listing of January events in Park City. After the holidays, many of us are ready for some down time and return to normalcy. Event-wise, January is also a slower month since Sundance dominates. But here are a few dates and deals to keep in mind.
Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month – January 1-31
If your New Year’s resolution is to finally learn to ski or snowboard, this is the month to do it. Resorts across Utah offer different discounts and packages on lessons and rentals to facilitate the learning process. For example, Deer Valley is offering first-time locals over the age of 13 a lift ticket, rental, and lesson on January 27 for the incredible price of $49. Park City extends the same offer but redeemable on any date and for any age—skiers also must be Utah residents. Get more details on deals from Ski Utah and may your learning process be easy!
2016 Deer Valley World Cup Time-lapse from Deer Valley Resort on Vimeo.
2018 Freeskiing World Cup – January 10-12
If you love watching talented skiers do their thing, then you won’t want to miss this competition. This year marks two decades that it will be held at Deer Valley. Best of all, competitions will take place at night, so you don’t have to forego a day of skiing to watch. Skiers will compete in both mogul and aerial trials, which will be followed by fireworks. Bust out your to-go mugs of hot chocolate and flasks of whiskey and enjoy the viewing.
Sundance Film Festival – January 18-28
Once again, the world-famous film fest returns to Park City (and Salt Lake City and Sundance Resort, where screenings are also held). You may want to avoid the crowds and lay low or even leave town. Or you can take full advantage of the screenings and celebrity stalking. Whatever your Sundance style, here are 10 FAQs about the fest, including how to score locals tickets and passes.
Moonlight Snowshoe Hike – January 26
Most of us are familiar with Park City Mountain, have hiked around the Uintas once or twice during peak foliage, and have driven up at least one of the Cottonwood Canyons. But have you explored Wasatch Mountain State Park? This gorgeous 23,000-acre preserve near Midway and Heber is more than worth a trip. Get to know it by night and snowshoe during this tour from 6:30-9pm. The moon will be waxing gibbous so you’ll enjoy moonlight but also be able to see stars aplenty if skies are clear.