Park City has calmed down drastically since the celebrity invasion commonly known as Sundance, when hundreds of Hollywood types descend upon this idyllic resort town to schmooze, ski, attend movie screenings and take advantage of swag suites. But it’s when the city returns to its usual, laid-back self that many celebrities prefer to visit — when they can trade a walk down the red carpet for a run down their choice of world-class slopes without being pestered by paparazzi.
During Sundance, many opt to stay in town for sheer convenience and easy access to the aforementioned events. But other times of year, celebrities are more likely to go the discreet route, checking into the Stein Eriksen (from $630 during high season and $250 during low, 800-453-1302, www.steinlodge.com), a European-style lodge with 180 rooms (many with hot tubs), 145 stone fireplaces and a 20,000-square-foot spa.
Robert Redford’s Zoom restaurant (435-649-9108, www.zoomparkcity.com), located in an old Union Pacific depot on Main Street, has counted James Franco among its clientele and speaks to cold-weather cravings with a hearty menu that includes Double R Ranch baby back pork ribs and ancho chili–marinated pork tenderloin. Located off the main drag at Deer Valley Resort, the Mariposa (435-645-6632, www.deervalley.com) draws star power with sophisticated takes on Western favorites like Bear Lake lamb chops and seared bison filets. For drinks, Canyons Resort’s Ski Beach (888-226-9667, www.thecanyons.com) is a new gathering area at the base of the mountains, and its Orange Bubble Cosmo (named after the Canyons’ first heated chair lift) is a celeb favorite after a long day on the slopes.