The Utah Olympic Park in Park City is a must-see for visitors and locals alike. The sprawling, 400 acre park has something for everyone to enjoy, and offers a truly unique, unforgettable experience. Open year-round, and located just a short drive from Salt Lake City, and conveniently close to Park City, there’s really no excuse to miss the fun at the Utah Olympic Park.
History of the Park
The Utah Olympic Park was built to accommodate some of the events of the 2002 Winter Olympics, hosted by Salt Lake City. The sliding sports (luge, bobsled, and skeleton), and the Nordic jumping were held here. After the 2002 Olympics concluded, the park remained open as a training site for both competition and recreational athletes. The Utah Olympic Park sees more than 300,000 visitors every year who are all looking to participate in the Olympic spirit.
Learn Something New
While there is a fee for some of the activities, admission to the Utah Olympic Park is free, and there’s plenty to entertain you just by having a look around, or by taking a guided tour. There are two museums on site that offer free admission as well, so you can acquire some interesting information as you stroll through. The 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum is a great place to learn about the athletes for that year and the sports they participated in. The Alf Engen Ski Museum gives you all the ins and outs of the history of skiing in Utah.
Try Something New
There are lots of ways to get involved and have a unique Olympic experience at the park. Adventure seekers 16 or older can be part of a team led by an experienced bobsledder as they plummet 40 stories in less than a minute, reaching speeds of up to 80mph. You can also get an idea of what the Olympic Nordic jumpers must feel like as they hit the slopes. A round-trip chair lift ride is available to take you to the K120 ski jump start house, which is the highest ski jump at an altitude of 7,130 feet.
If you’re visiting Park City during the beautiful warmer months of the year, you won’t miss a beat at the Utah Olympic Park. Summer activities include an alpine slide, a monster of a zipline, a summer bobsled ride, and top-notch sports clinics for participants of all ages. No matter what time of year you decide to visit, you won’t regret making the trip, and will never forget the time you spent at the Utah Olympic Park.