Utah Olympic Park - Park City Utah
The Utah Olympic Park was home to the 2002 Utah Olympic Winter Games for Nordic jumping, bobsled, skeleton and the luge. Today the nearly 400 acre park serves as a year-around competition and training facility for recreational and high-performance athletes. Visitors to the facility can stroll through the Ski & Olympic Games museum, gift shop and theater. Entry into the park is free of charge for self-guided tours.
For those that want an in depth tour of the competition sites guided tours are available. During your one hour tour you'll be driven to the top of the world's highest Nordic ski jumps and one of the fastest sliding tracks in the world. The professional tour guides will share their knowledge, stories and bring the Olympic Games to life. On our visit we opted for the self-guided tour. We started our tour in the museum that provided a history of the winter Olympic Games and the sport of Skiing. We then took a short walk to the competition sites starting with the 750,000-gallon summer freestyle aerial training pool. Although closed for the winter one can just imagine athletes launching off these jumps into the pool below.
Within a short walk north of the museum you can get up close to the base of the Nordic Ski Jumps (K10,K20, K40, K64, K90, K120 meter). To the south is the sliding track which hosts the bobsled, skeleton and the luge. Visitor access allows you to enter into the center of the track for up close views. For those wanting the ride of a life, you too can ride down the track in a Comet Bobsled with a professional pilot. Riders reach speeds of 80 mph with 5g's of force. In the summer take a ride on the Xtreme Zipline or on the Quicksilver Alpine slide, or relax on the patio and watch athlete training of all levels. Next time you're wanting to escape the valley for some fresh mountain air, get in your car and take a drive to the Utah Olympic Park, you'll be glad you did. The park is open 7 days a week year-around.
Driving Directions: From Salt Lake City take I-80 East towards Cheyenne. Travel East up Parleys Canyon to Park City. Take exit 145 Kimball Junction. Turn right onto UT-224S. Take the second right onto Olympic Parkway and follow the signs.