Visit Utah Olympic Park and Remember the 2002 Games

Utah Olympic ParkThe 2002 Olympic Winter Games brought the world to Utah and showcased Park City as one of the best winter sports hubs on the planet. Utah Olympic Park, which was built in Park City to host the bobsleigh, skeleton, luge, ski jumping and Nordic combined events during the Games, lives on today as a legacy of that magical time.

During your visit to Park City, pay a visit to Utah Olympic Park, relive the memories of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and watch current and prospective Olympians train to become the nation’s next crop of heroes.

Utah Olympic Park Adventure Activities

Utah Olympic Park is home to a wide array of adventure activities that allow you to explore the beautiful outdoors away from the ski slopes.

The most adventurous in your group can ride the actual bobsleigh course from the 2002 Olympics on the Winter Comet Bobsled Ride. Suit up and ride with a professional bobsled driver through 10 turns at speeds of up to 70 mph! Reservations are required, to make them call (435) 658-4206.

If ropes are more your thing, soar down Utah Olympic Park’s two zip lines – one runs from the top of the biggest ski jump while the other ends on a 65-foot “drop tower.” Or check out the beginner, intermediate or advanced-level adventure ropes courses.

Watch Olympic Athlete Training

Utah Olympic Park is the official training ground for a number of Olympians from the United States, as well as athletes from other countries who come there to train. The chance to watch these athletes, as well as many other aspiring Olympians, train is part of the excitement of visiting Utah Olympic Park. Call (435) 658-4200 for current training schedules.

Visit the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum

Utah Olympic Park is home to the Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum, a state-of-the-art facility that brings the excitement of the Games to life. The museum features exhibits from a number of sports at the 2002 Winter Olympics and even gives visitors a chance to get their photos holding one of the official Olympic torches from the torch relay.

Afterwards check out the Alf Engen Ski Museum located in the same building which is named in honor of Alf Engen, a legendary skier who developed the technique for powder skiing right here in Utah. The museum contains more than 300 items from the Engen family as well as ski-related exhibits.

Admission to both museums is free.

As you plan your trip to Park City and look forward to visiting Utah Olympic Park, use Park City Lodging to find the perfect place to stay. We have properties at all three ski resorts and on Main Street in downtown Park City. Let us help you put together an amazing vacation!

The Mountain isn't just for skiing and snowboarding…

Most visitors come to Park City ready to shred Utah’s Greatest Snow on Earth®.  Where else can you find one big playground with three world-class resorts all located within 10 miles of each other?  Add that together and you’re looking at nearly 10,000 acres of accessible terrain and a variety of roughly 400 designated runs and trails for any level of skier/rider.

But maybe skiing/snowboarding isn’t for everyone in your group.  Or perhaps you’re looking for a unique experience during your visit.  No matter what your reason, did you know there is a plethora of other mountain activities awaiting you in Park City?

Bottom line:  whether winter or summer, the adventures in Park City are limitless…

Check out the list of options of other winter activities in Park City:

Alpine Coaster Ride - photo courtesy of Park City Mountain Resort


Park City Mountain Resort:

Experience the thrill of heading down the mountain in a different way…  Hop on the Alpine Coaster at PCMR and get ready for laughter and screams as you fly down the mountain in your toboggan-style car!  Or elevate your vacation experience by riding the Flying Eagle Zip Line. The 2-person ride starts and finishes at the same location, so you can ride again and again!  Enjoy an unforgettable evening under the stars in a snowcat-pulled sleigh ride up PCMR’s runs followed by live piano music and a five course gourmet meal in the Viking Yurt, new to PCMR this season.


Canyons Resort:

Looking for something a little extreme?  Experience the thrill of soaring over Canyons Resort on their mid-mountain Zip Tour. The Red Pine Zip Tour will take you on an 800 foot long tree top ride through the Red Pine Lodge area. The Lookout Zip Tour flies you across the canyon between Lookout Peak and Red Pine Lodge spanning over 2,111 feet.  Or grab the kids and take the Groomer Ride-Along tour for a 2-hour ride in a state-of-the-art snow cat with one of Canyons’ highly-trained operators.

Gorgoza Tubing Park (photo from Park City Mountain Resort)


Gorgoza Tubing Park:

The Gorgoza Tubing Park isn’t just for kids. Grab your entire family and group of friends and head over to the lift-served tubing park for an unforgettable adventure! The tubing hill consists of three lifts, including two conveyor lifts, and seven different tubing lanes which provide plenty of options to choose from. There is also a separate tubing hill for the little ones.


Comet Bobsled (photo from Utah Olympic Park)

Utah Olympic Park:

Oh yeah… did I mention Park City is home to the Utah Olympic Park? Not only do visitors have the opportunity to experience and relive the history of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, but the UOP offers one-of-a-kind activities for all ages! Where else can you experience the thrill of the Comet Bobsled Ride? That’s right! One of UOP’s professional pilots takes three passengers on a thrilling ride down the entire length of the Olympic track. In less than a mile, you’ll rip through 15 turns, reach speed of about 80 mph, and experience up to 5 G’s of force. Or hop on the Skeleton Sled and experience what it’s like to go head first on the Olympic track, reaching speeds up to 50 mph! Other activities include a Guided Tour of the Utah Olympic Park and don’t forget to check out the Museums to see a gallery of visual highlights and artifacts from the 2002 games.

Hot Air Balloon Ride


Other Activities:

Take the family ice skating or learn how to skate! The Park City Ice Arena is an enclosed facility that services many different ice activities, including open skating sessions, learn to skate, curling, speed skate and play hockey lessons, private lessons and drop-in hockey. For an unforgettable adventure, take a Hot Air Balloon Ride and experience a view of Utah and her majestic mountains unlike any other!

As I was saying… the activities and adventures are boundless in Park City, and there’s something for your entire group to enjoy. So be sure to experience all that Park City has to offer during your visit!  Click on any of the highlighted links for more information.

Have fun!

It's a GREAT time to be in Park City, Utaahhh!

Park City, Utah Winter 2012 Events and Fun!

The Sundance Film Festival  may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops in Park City.  This week kicks off the 2012 VISA Freestyle International World Cup Event hosted by Deer Valley Resort, as well as the 10 Year Anniversary of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics.  There’s a ton of fun going on in and around town.  Bottom line, it’s a great time to book your trip to Park City, Utah!   Visit our Specials Page and read below about upcoming events, celebrations and fun!

Competitors from around the world will challenge each other and themselves on Deer Valley’s 2002 Olympic runs.  The festivities started last night, Feb. 1, with Robert Randolph and the Family Band on Main Street in Park City, followed by an amazing fireworks display!  Best of all, the snow was falling.  Have you seen fireworks in the snow?! Below is the full schedule for the remainder of the week/weekend.  *All events are FREE and open to the public and take place in the evening under the lights.

Thursday, February 2
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Ladies’ Mogul Qualifications
5:50 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Men’s Mogul Qualifications
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
VIP Tent Open
Competition Venue
8 p.m. – 8:55 p.m.
Men’s and Ladies’ Mogul Finals (16/16)
8:55 p.m. – 9:10 p.m.
Finish Area
9:10 p.m.

Friday, February 3
1:05 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Ladies’ Aerial Qualifications
White Owl
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Men’s Aerial Qualifications
White Owl
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
VIP Tent Open
Competition Venue
7:30 p.m. – 7:40 p.m.
White Owl
7:45 p.m. – 9:25 p.m.
Men’s and Ladies’ Aerial Finals (12/12)
White Owl
9:30 p.m. – 9:40 p.m.
Finish Area
9:40 p.m.

Saturday, February 4
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Ladies’ Dual Mogul Qualifications Champion
4:50 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Men’s Dual Mogul Qualifications
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
VIP Tent Open
Competition Venue
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Men’s and Ladies’ Dual Mogul Finals (32/16)
9 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Finish Area
9:15 p.m.

But that’s not all… this week also kicks off the Salt Lake 2002 10 Year Olympics Anniversary! Here is what’s happening:

The Relighting the Flame ceremony starts the evening of Feb. 8 at Cauldron Park, Rice-Eccles Stadium.  This ceremonial relighting of the 2002 cauldron will remain lit for public viewing through Feb. 11.

Come join the Community Celebration at the Utah Olympic Park, Feb. 9 from 5-6 pm.  *Admission is FREE and open to the public!  And you have the opportunity to meet Olympic and Paralympic athletes who have special ties to the Park City and Summit County community.  Come join the grand opening of the Silver Bean Café at the Utah Olympic Park as well.

10-Year Anniversary Olympic Sport Festival. On Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 am-5 pm, an outdoor sport festival will be held in the streets of The Gateway shopping center in downtown Salt Lake City. During the street festival, participants will have an opportunity to meet winter Olympic athletes, participate in interactive winter sport demonstrations and view commemorative exhibits about the 2002 Winter Games.

The festival will also serve as an official stop for the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) “Road to London” Tour – a family-friendly, interactive experience that offers fans a chance to learn about the Olympic Movement, participate in simulated events and meet athletes. The 2012 Road to London Tour, sponsored by Hilton HHonors, Samsung and TD Ameritrade, will make a total of four stops before culminating in Chicago in July.  Click here to view full information.

A Tribute to Salt Lake 2002 with Stars on Ice. Come pay tribute to the success of the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games on Feb. 18, from 7-9 pm at the Energy Solutions Arena.  This special event features skating performances and memorable highlights from Salt Lake 2002.  Tickets starting at $20. Click here for more information and to book your tickets now.

But it doesn’t stop there… join the community of Kearns “Welcome the World” Parade on Feb. 17, from 6-9 pm at the Utah Olympic Oval.  Re-live the Winter Olympics with a live Parade of Nations, a Children of Light figure skating performance, sport exhibitions, a torch re-lighting with past and present Speedskating athletes, autographs and photos with athletes, and 2002 Olympic memorabilia. *Admission is FREE and open to the public.  Click here for more information.

With all the FUN and all the SNOW heading our way, it’s a great time to be in Park City!  Book your family/friends vacation today with Park City Lodging, Inc!

Olympians take Park City!

The month of February during a Winter Olympic year is always exciting. I would say it is definitely the best reason for anybody to have an excuse to watch TV for an absurd amount of time, every day, for two weeks. But the winter Olympics is so much more for the town of Park City who can proudly boast that we have seven truly local Parkites competing in the 2010 Olympic Games. This is a bit long for a blog I know, but when you have this many local Olympians to brag about, the brevity of a blog can easily be ignored.

Brett Camerota is 24, a Nordic combined athlete, and besides being born in Salt Lake has spent his entire life in Park City. Camerota was 10th after the jumping portion of the Nordic combined and came out in 36th after the cross country skiing portion.

Steve Holcomb, “little Steve” as his family calls him, is a 30-year-old native of Park City. Holcomb was a football player and ski racer before discovering bobsled at the 2002 Olympics. His sheer power of his 5’10” 210lb body has made him a major threat in the bobsledding world where he intends to stay.

Anders Johnson, the youngest of the locals group at 20, is a Ski Jumper who qualified for his first Olympics at age 16! An interesting thing about Anders is that his older sister Alyssa is a part of the women’s ski jumping team that has been fighting to have their place in the Olympics for many years now. Anders does a great job representing both he and his sister on the world stage and no doubt looks forward to competing with his sister at the Olympics in the next winter games (we are keeping our fingers crossed for these women, you should too!)

Ted Ligety, the Torino surprise, is a 25-year-old native who has lived and trained here his entire life with the Park City Ski Team. Ligety won gold in the Men’s alpine combined (slalom and downhill in one day) in 2006 and has been a force to reckon with ever since. And if you are interested in wearing your ski gear in Olympian fashion check out it is Ligety’s very own Goggle, Sunglass and Helmet brand!

On the ladies side of alpine skiing is 22-year-old Megan McJames. While possibly the sweetest and most soft spoken person you will ever meet on the street, steer clear on the race hill. Her small frame may not look like much against some of the other women you may see, but her power and desire make her a hulk of the hill on course.

Nate Roberts is a 26-year-old Moguls man. You would never know that he was out for the 2008-2009 season with a knee injury when watching him fly down the course with ease. And even though he ended in 16th, a position he is not used to being in, fans can bet that he will be back on the podium soon enough. That seems to be the Roberts way.

So show your Olympic and American pride and brag to your friends about the town you got to visit which hosts more Winter Olympic athletes than any other.

Enjoy this last weekend of the 2010 Winter Games. Go team USA and Go Park City!

NBC's Natalie Morales Features Park City's US Athletes

NBC’s Natalie Morales Gets Big Air at Utah’s Olympic Sports Park

Park City is home to many of the top US winter sports athletes, which is not too surprising considering that the US Ski and Snowboard teams are based in Park City, Utah!  NBC’s Today Show featured a nice segment this week in which Natalie Morales visited Park City to meet with some of the national team athletes, dance with them, and try a quick training session to take on the ski jumps at Utah’s Winter Sports Park.  Fortunately, beneath these huge jumps is a nice landing in an aerated pool (the airflow from the bottom of the pool makes the water landings less brutal on the legs and body).

Check out this video on the NBC website to see Natalie take in some fun Park City moments.  She proved herself a real “trooper” in learning to try jumps that many people would not go near….. and she got to feature some of America’s top athletes on the Today Show!

NBC’s Natalie Morales Gets Big Air at Utah’s Olympic Sports Park