The Sundance Film Festival isn’t the only chance to see films on the big screen in a scenic mountain setting. These over-the-top chalets offer private theaters with plush stadium seating, projector screens, wet bars, surround-sound and, in some cases, obscure indie flicks you might have missed from past Festivals.
A few of our favorite cinematic abodes:
Designed to include every amenity a leisure skier might desire, the Ski Dream Home at Deer Valley Resort features a 14-seat theater with comfy leather recliners, HD projector and 124-inch screen, which is easily viewed from the expansive “Chill Room.” For a more cinematic experience, close off the “House of Blues”-style curtains and revel in the art-house feel. Guests who rent the $16,500-per-night chalet can choose a Sundance Nostalgia package to relive Festivals past with films like Little Miss Sunshine and sex, lies and videotape, or even more obscure screenings, like the original 1984 Grand Jury Prize winner, Old Enough.
A Place in the Sun at Telluride Resort
This minimalist theater puts the focus on film — nestle into a comfy sofa, bring in snacks from the wet bar, and open a bottle from the wine cellar. A Place in the Sun, which also features a game room, pool table and slope-side hot tub, is available through Telluride Rentals at $7,000 per night.
Gandhara at Deer Valley Resort
This newly constructed chalet sits slope-side at Deer Valley Resort, making it a dream accommodation for 9-to-4 skiers. But with a theater like this inside, even the most dedicated alpine enthusiasts may find reason to stay inside to catch up on old indie flicks. Starting at $6,000 per night, Gandhara also offers the Sundance Nostalgia package.
Aesthetically more akin to a nightclub VIP lounge than a room in a ski chalet, the theater at Verbier, Switzerland’s Chalet L. Raphael brings viewers together on one cozy wrap-around sofa. The home does not, sadly, come with bottle service. Offered through Summit Retreats, the ultra-luxury chalet is available for £3,670 ($6,000) per person per week, based on an 18-person occupancy — a steal considering the fully catered abode’s other amenities. An indoor swimming pool, steam room, spa and billiards room name only a few.
Cloud’s Rest at Canyons Resort
When you aren’t testing your skills on the climbing wall or taking advantage of ski-in/ski-out access, you can take the action indoors — in HD — at this Canyons Resort chalet. With recliner seating for eight and plenty of front-row bean bag room, Cloud’s Rest comfortably seats your whole group — that is, for $14,000 per night.