Winter Sports at Utah Olympic Park

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Olympic Park
In 2002, the XIX Winter Olympic Games took place in Salt Lake City at numerous venues less than 60 minutes drive from the heart of downtown. Happily, most of these venues are open to the public and offer some of the finest skiing and winter sports opportunities in the world. If winter sports are your thing, then Salt Lake City is the place to base your exploration.

The Utah Olympic Park, where many events took place, is home to the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center. The center houses the Alf Engen Ski Museum, 2002 Eccles Olympic Winter Games Museum, a retail shop and theatre. The bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton events were held here and you can feel the rush of these events for yourself. Climb aboard the “Comet,” a 4-person bobsled and let a trained pilot take you through 15 curves, and reach 80 mph. This ride is not for the faint of heart and is billed as one of the most intense minutes of your life. “The Quicksilver” Alpine Slide is a state-of-the-art steel track that will allow you to experience what it’s like for an Olympic athlete in the luge, skeleton and bobsled races. During the summer months, Olympians and national team athletes put on high-flying freestyle aerial shows. The show, choreographed to rousing music, will thrill you as skiers and snowboarders soar up to 60 feet in the air and perform acrobatic feats before landing in the 750,000 gallon splash pool.

The alpine and freestyle skiing events took place at Deer Valley Resort. It has been named the #1 ski resort in North America by readers of SKI Magazine three years in a row – in 2008, 2009 and again in 2010. With more than 100 runs that span six peaks and 2,026 acres, Deer Valley Resort offers something for skiers at every level of expertise.

The giant slalom and snowboarding events took place at Park City Mountain Resort. Starting at 6,100 feet and ranging to 10,000 feet, the 108 runs at Park City Mountain Resort cover more than 3,300 acres, seven peaks and nine bowls — with 17% of the terrain dedicated to easier runs, 50% to intermediate and 33% is for advanced skiers. To top it off, Park City offers a Superpipe called The Eagle — a snowboarders paradise!

Downhill, combined, and Super-G took place at Snowbasin Ski Area. Snowbasin’s 2,959 vertical feet of ski trails, powder bowls and lush glades cover over 3,300 acres. The 104 designated runs include 7% novice terrain, 29% intermediate and 34% expert and 30% expert only, so catered to a wide range of talent. With an average of 400 inched of yearly snowfall, Snowbasin is a skiers dream.

The cross-country skiing events were held at Soldier Hollow. It is now a permanent training site for professional athletes as well as a state park recreational site set against the skyline of Mt. Timpanogos. Soldier Hollow offers 16 miles of cross-country trails split into two section. The first is just plain fun, will the second is designed for Olympic events and is among the toughest trails in the world. Summer and winter activities include a shooting range, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, hiking and running.

The Utah Olympic Oval is where many of the skating events took place and is a skaters’ paradise. You will enjoy skating indoors in a comfortable, climate-controlled 65 degree temperature year-around. The Oval’s skate rental offers more than 1,000 pairs of figure, hockey, and speed skates in all sizes.

Salt Lake City offers every possible combination of lodging, dining and shopping, as well as nightlife and cultural event, but it should be noted that each of the ski areas also has its own lodge (or several lodges and cabin rentals) as well as dining and shopping facilities. The ski resorts also offer cross country trails, snow-shoeing and tubing facilities. So you could concentrate your winter sports fun in just one of these locations.

Utah Olympic Park
3419 Olympic Parkway
P.O. Box 980337
Park City, UT 84098-0337
Phone: 435-658-4200
www.olyparks.com

Deer Valley Resort
P.O. Box 889
Park City, UT 84060
800-424-DEER (3337)
www.deervalley.com

Park City Mountain Resort
1310 Lowell Avenue
Park City, UT 84060
Phone: 800-222-PARK (7275)
www.parkcitymountain.com

Snowbasin
P.O. Box 460
3925 E. Snowbasin Rd.
Huntsville, UT 84317
Phone: 888-437-5488
www.snowbasin.com

Soldier Hollow
P.O. Box 2002
Midway, Utah, 84049
Phone: (435) 654-2002
www.soldierhollow.com

Utah Olympic Oval
5662 South 4800 West (Cougar Lane)
Kearns, Utah 84118
Phone: 801-968-OVAL (6825)
www.olyparks.com

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