4 Days / 3 Nights in Salt Lake 2008 - Skiing and Sundance Film Festival
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We were only about 6 years late for the Olympics, but we werenâ€™t headed there to watch "we wanted to ski and relax (or at least attempt to relax). All this was to change while waiting for our bags after arrival" where did all of these people come from and what were they doing in
Friday January 18th we arrived in
We were determined not to be side tracked, while very tempted, we headed for a ski rental location http://www.skinsee.com/ and headed to Solitude http://www.skisolitude.com/ - we had great snow and the mountain to ourselves. It was a bit chilly, but the skiing kept us warm. Itâ€™s amazing the beauty and tranquility of Solitude, 100â€™s of acres of skiing a combination of groomed and powder. Solitude still has the old style slow chair lifts, but with the grandeur of the mountains, the peace that comes with lack of crowds and the thankfulness we are able to be away.
After a day of skiing we had reservations at the Oasis Cafe restaurant (reservations online at open table http://www.opentable.com/rest_profile.aspx?rid=7030 , which must have several meanings here in
Afterward we had our first experience of Sundance when we bought tickets on the street for â€śShorts IIIâ€ť http://www.sundance.org/festival/film_events/details3.asp?filmid=08F0303&keepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&height=480&width=900 which was an eclectic selection of short films made by first time producers. The films varied from â€śSick Sexâ€ť, which was, you guessed it - about people having sex when they are sick (no one had sex in the film) to Spyder which was based on the old saying â€śitâ€™s all fun and games until some gets poked in the eyeâ€ť. The other clips varied from the Intuit in
On Saturday morning we awoke and followed our plan set in motion weeks before based on preplanning and recommendation from a friend. We took off for Alta http://www.alta.com/ , skiers only - no boarders allowed, for a day of skiing. The crowds had grown, but they were nothing like we deal with in the Tahoe area. We had a full day of skiing, the powder was a bit more compacted, but the snow still maintained itâ€™s fluffiness - we had a great day on the slopes. Alta, meaning â€śhighâ€ť in Spanish, was just that with 3 peaks near the 10,500â€™ mark, the weather was a bit warmer and made for a great day on the slopes.
After skiing we went back to our B&B to clean up and then off to dinner with some friends we havenâ€™t seen in a while.. They have a beautiful home in Lehi, an up and coming town in
Sunday morning came far too soon, we were a bit slow to get started (maybe too much wine with dinner) and created a plan that no one had recommended, but they hadnâ€™t recommended against either. We drove down to Sundance Resort http://www.sundanceresort.com/ the founding place and support of so many movies where Robert Redford bought a plot of land and then convinced a group of investors to purchase 5,000 acres out from under a group of developers who wanted to create a series of neighborhoods and shopping malls. My understanding is that this happened in the late 60â€™s early 70â€™s - one of his largest acts of nature conservancy. Even today 40 years later they have limited the development of the Sundance resort to 450 of the 5,000 acres. We went skiing at the Sundance resort, nothing too fancy or large, but it was a nice place to ski and on a holiday weekend there were very few people and no lift lines. The Sun tempted to peak out a few times making for a warmer day. After skiing we managed to get #4 & 5 for the wait list to watch â€śLove Comes Latelyâ€ť http://www.sundance.org/festival/film_events/details3.asp?filmid=08F0303&keepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&height=480&width=900 in the screening room where the films are determined for the festival. A friendly employee of the resort set us up with dinner reservations before the show at the Foundry Grill, the walls of the restaurant were covered with old farm implements and horse gear. What a great environment. Given the remote location, we were able to get in to the film, even though the theater only sat 168 people so it was cozy. The film was good and a nice way to finish a picture perfect day.
Monday, our final day in
We went into
We went into
Because of the crowds and limited parking, most of the people travel by bus, which runs every 5 minutes during the festival and is always free. While waiting for the bus we met a couple from
It was the prefect ending to a great weekend.