Big Crowds Mean Empty Slopes

Telus     Photo: Mike Crane Photography

THE X GAMES, ASPEN, COLORADO
While everyone is watching the Games, Highland Bowl—270 acres of 45-degree hike-to pitches and powder stashes—will be empty. Get a taste of X Games mayhem at the Monster Party, which takes place on the Sundeck on Aspen Mountain and is known for impromptu nudity. To stay with the athletes, splurge on a room at the Little Nell (doubles, $840; thelittlenell.com). January 27–30; aspensnowmass.com.
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, PARK CITY, UTAH
Being in Park City, you have access to three resorts—Park City, Deer Valley, and The Canyons—all within minutes of one another. And while Redford & Co. storm downtown Park City, the slopes—and especially the advanced terrain—are usually empty. Get the $400 Adrenaline Pass, which allows you into any film screening before 11 A.M. and after 11 P.M. Crash at the Yarrow Hotel, in the heart of Park City, for easy access to films and the lifts (doubles, $399; yarrowhotelparkcity.com). January 20–30; sundance.org.

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