When the Sundance Film Festival comes to Park City, Utah each winter, celebrities, film critics, models and journalists pack their warmest parkas and furriest hats in preparation for the country’s largest independent film festival. Since most celebrities spend their festival experience at invitation-only bashes and film screenings (or, we’re guessing, cuddled up by their in-room fireplace), we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to having an A-list-worthy Sundance—no sneaking in to private screenings required.
Pop Bottles at The Arctic Ice Lounge
This year, the Waldorf Astoria Park City is debuting its first ever Arctic Ice Lounge, which will exclusively serve Moet’s Ice Imperial Champagne (as well as Moet-based cocktails). Seats made of ice and glaciers will adorn the indoor-outdoor lounge, where chilled shellfish will be served.
Take a Ride in an Uber Helicopter
Limo rides are so 2015. This year, Uber is reportedly teaming up with AirBus Group to test out Uber Chopper, which will offer—yep, you guessed it—transportation via private helicopter. Uber Chopper will be available to tourists (and residents) in the Park City area. Rides will range from few hundred to a few thousands dollars.
Get a Gold & Diamond Facial
Facials of any type are luxurious—but the five-star Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge just took things to a whole new level with their Gold and Diamond facial. Real gold and diamond dust, which are reported to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, are used to rejuvenate and brighten skin. All treatments come with complimentary use of the amenities such as the gym, sauna, heated outdoor pool, and more. Relax by one of the spa’s fireplaces and enjoy a cup of hot tea for the ultimate serene experience. (Note: the Gold & Diamond Facial is only available as an add-on to other treatments.)
Cozy Up at the St. Regis Deer Valley
Rub shoulders with celebrities at the St. Regis Deer Valley, which takes winter luxury to a whole new level. All rooms at the four-and-a-half-star resort boast mountain views, fireplaces, and balconies. Other perks include an outdoor heated swimming pool, in-suite butler service, and the blissful Remède Spa—where you can book a Bear Dance Ritual derived from Native American folklore.
Chow Down at the City’s Hottest Restaurants
Excellent American fare is served at Fletcher’s, on Main St, where they’ve got everything from expertly crafted cocktails, a fireplace, and intimate décor. Another option is DiRoNa Award winning eatery Riverhorse on Main, one of the city’s most elegant and distinguished restaurants, which also happen to serve up some fantastic cocktails and carefully curated wines.
Get the VIP Après Ski Treatment
For those of you lucky enough to be staying at the Waldorf Astoria Park City, the celebrity treatments are endless. After a day on the slopes, an “après butler” will prepare a personalized cocktail kit in-room to enjoy. The luxurious amenity includes coming back to a pre-lit fireplace, a custom spread of cheese and charcuterie (as well as a cocktail kit, with a shaker, ingredients and personalized recipe included) set out, and a drawn bath with warmed robes and slippers laid out. But the pleasantries don’t stop there: guests who partake in the experience will be greeted with an evening cocktail at the hotel’s restaurant, Powder. In addition, guests can take advantage of the hotel’s VIP Hot Tub Après, where patrons can soak in one of the resort’s outdoor hot tubs while feasting on delicious hors d’oeuvres, chocolate covered strawberries, and champagne.
Get Your Yoga Fix On A Paddleboard...in a Hot Spring
These days, almost every celebrity who lives in Los Angeles seems to be pictured paddle boarding amongst crystal clear waters. Park City Yoga Adventures has smartly taken notice, and they’re making sure that the frigid Utah temperatures don’t stand in anyone’s way from getting their paddle board on. The adventure studio offers geothermal standup paddleboard yoga inside the Homestead crater, a 90-degree natural hot spring. Now, paddle boarders, yoga fanatics, and cold-weather critics alike can enjoy a one-of-a-kind workout experience, all in the comfort of a 10,000 year old crater.