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  • What's going on everybody?

  • I'm Alex, aka @AlexTheVagabond,

  • and you are watching Vagabrothers.

  • Right now I am just outside of Park City in Utah,

  • and I'm super excited because in this video,

  • I'm partnering with @Visit Utah

  • to show you the secret side of Sundance Film Festival,

  • but not just the festival.....

  • I'm also going to be highlighting

  • all the incredible activities you can do in the region,

  • and we're getting started right now here

  • at Wasatch Excursions

  • going on an epic snowmobiling adventure. Let's go

  • Snowmobiling is super fun,

  • but I've only done it a couple times in my life.

  • I do own a motorcycle and ride it quite frequently.

  • They're similar but different.

  • I'm excited.

  • It's been a long time since I've gone snowmobiling.

  • It's really, really fun and we are in a beautiful place for it.

  • We're right on the edge of the Wasatch Mountain State Park,

  • as you can see, back here behind me.

  • It snowed overnight,

  • so there's a little bit of fresh powder on the ground.

  • Can't ask for much more. It's a beautiful day,

  • and I'm excited to get on one of these snowmobiles.

  • Let's go.

  • This is Matt. He's going to be our guide today.

  • Yeah, you know, Wasatch Excursions.

  • What's the plan?

  • Today we're going to go up Pine Canyon Road.

  • We're going to head up to the top of the mountain.

  • We're going to do about 3000 feet of climb.

  • We're in.

  • We'll cover about 35 miles or so today,

  • show you guys some of the best spots that our mountain has to offer,

  • and hopefully get the mountain medicine that you guys are looking to get.

  • I'm all about that mountain medicine. Let's do this.

  • How are you feeling there Carrie ?

  • Why are you smiling?

  • Because you just look really cute in this outfit.

  • I like it

  • Have you ever gone snowmobiling before?

  • No, this is my first time,

  • and I think that this is a great place

  • to do it for my first time because it's gorgeous.

  • Enough talking. It's time to go snowmobiling.

  • Alright well we made it to the top.

  • Behind us you have Brighton, a resort over there.

  • On the backside over here, Deer Valley.

  • And we're just ripping around on snowmobiles

  • having a splendid time.

  • Super fun.

  • Riding snowmobiles in powder is a really unique experience,

  • and if you've never done it, then you need to try.

  • Come visit these guys here.

  • They're going to show you a great time.

  • How are you doing?

  • Just making sure everybody stays in line.

  • Stay safe. You've got the walkie-talkie.

  • I've got the walkie-talkie.

  • You've got the responsibility.

  • Everybody needs to come back to the base.

  • I'm in charge here, obviously. It's obvious, isn't it?

  • I'm in the back of this.

  • You look like a stormtrooper goes to the disco.

  • Well, that was so fun.

  • It's been so long since I've ridden a snowmobile,

  • but getting back up into the mountains

  • into that deep powder.....

  • really, really, really great time.

  • But I'm not going to lie, ripping around in the snow,

  • it does make you feel a little bit cold, so..

  • I think it's time we warm things up around here.

  • While it may not look like much,

  • but inside of this little dome shaped snow cone

  • is a thermal hot spring. We must investigate

  • We must find out more, and most importantly,

  • we must soak.

  • This is cool.

  • Well, that was totally unexpected and extremely unique.

  • I've never soaked in a hot spring quite like that one.

  • I've been in many hot springs in my days,

  • and if you're a subscriber, a longtime subscriber on this channel,

  • you probably know that I love hot springs.

  • That one was unique.. never been in one quite like that.

  • The thermal spring is actually 67 feet deep,

  • and it was really cool seeing the scuba divers going down

  • because they were doing some cave diving training.

  • We've done a lot today, but we're not quite done.

  • I think it's time to eat.

  • And I have a feeling it's going to be kind of a mission

  • to get to our meal, but it'll be fun. Let's go

  • [ Song]..."Throw me under water

  • If I don't swim I'll drive. I can dream in color.

  • Whenever you're around

  • I'm not too proud to say it over."

  • Well, we have done many things today,

  • but we're not quite done.

  • We still have to work for our dinner,

  • and we've thrown on snowshoes.

  • We're back in the State Park Wasatch Mountain.

  • I just want to say Sasquatch every time.

  • We're going to hike to a yurt

  • and have a four-course meal.

  • This is gastronomy, people. It's not just food, it's cuisine.

  • So that's what we're doing.

  • We have a hike. I'll shut up now.

  • It's time to start walking.

  • [Song]

  • Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.

  • It is bright and early. It's about 7:45 in the morning.

  • We've been up since 5:00 a.m. today

  • because we're going to Sundance Film Festival.

  • We have to arrive 30 minutes prior to the screening,

  • which is at 8:00.

  • So we're cutting it close, but we should make it.

  • Thank you

  • Okay. Well we have made it into the screening.

  • We're seeing Tesla starring Ethan Hawke.

  • It's a biographical drama, and it should be really good.

  • I'm extremely excited.

  • We'll check in with you guys afterwards, okay?

  • We really love this film.

  • We're always happy to have Michael Almereyda back at Sundance.

  • You're gonna meet him at the QA.

  • And in the meantime, please enjoy the film,

  • and if you could, turn off all your cell phones. Thanks

  • Well, that was a super interesting film about

  • a very peculiar and brilliant man,

  • one whose name is spoken pretty much every single day now with the car company

  • but of which we don't really know all that much about.

  • It was really interesting insight into

  • his life, his mind

  • the pros and the cons of being a brilliant inventor.

  • It's a film I highly recommend you go and see

  • when it comes out in theaters.

  • I really liked it.

  • I thought it was really well done. It was unexpected too.

  • The ending kind of had a fun twist to it that I really liked.

  • So we are taking a little stroll through Park City.

  • We're going to go get some brunch.

  • But I figured this is a good time to kind of share

  • a couple of practical tips about the festival.

  • Getting around in Park City proper, pretty easy.

  • There's a bunch of busses that are constantly running

  • I think until about 11:00 p.m

  • And your passes can get you on those.

  • There's a good little brunch spot here

  • called Five Seeds,

  • which we are going to go sample.

  • It's time for brunch.

  • So here's the condensed history of Park City.

  • In 1868 soldiers stationed in nearby Salt Lake City

  • traversed the mountains looking for riches.

  • They found it here in Park City, silver.

  • And in 1870,

  • the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad

  • brought many more hopeful miners here to Utah.

  • But the most famous person to come to Park City was

  • George Hearst,

  • the father of media mogul William Randolph Hearst,

  • who paid thirty thousand dollars

  • for his Ontario Silver Mine,

  • which produced over fifty million dollars for him in his lifetime.

  • From its humble beginnings as a wild rambunctious mining town,

  • to its near disappearance,

  • it almost became a ghost town.

  • Park City has reinvented itself as one

  • of the premier ski resort destinations in the world.

  • It hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics,

  • and it's been hosting the annual Sundance Film Festival since 1981.

  • Walking around Main Street and the surrounding neighborhood,

  • it's really easy to see that western mining heritage.

  • And while much of Main Street still resembles that,

  • the stores have definitely changed.