Summers are the perfect time to take a family vacation to Park City, Utah. With so many options of things to do, it is not always easy to choose how to spend your time. A family activity unique to Park City is a visit to Utah Olympic Park. A competition venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Utah Olympic Park now offers a unique mix of activities year-round, keeping the Olympic heritage alive. Summers at the Park are action-packed with an incredible array of family-friendly activities and learning opportunities. Photo credit: Utah Olympic Park/Gene Sweeney, Jr.
Extreme Summer Tubing
Have the need for speed? Last summer, Utah Olympic Park introduced Extreme Summer Tubing. A completely new thrill, Extreme Tubing takes you down the landing hill of the Nordic ski jumps via a specially designed inner tube with a plastic bottom. These are the very same jumps used for training by Olympic-level athletes.
Start with the K10/20 or K40 landing hills (smaller), before moving onto even bigger thrills like the K64 and K90 landing hills. It’s one of UOP’s goals to make the Olympic-level sport experience more accessible to the general public – Summer Extreme Tubing allows Park visitors to feel a similar rush to Nordic ski jumping. This activity is available for all ability levels, but riders of the K20 must be 5+ years old, 10+ for K64, and 13+ for the K90. Be prepared to smile from ear to ear – Extreme Summer Tubing is extreme fun! For more details and operating hours check out Utah Olympic Park’s website.
Summer Comet Bobsled
Hop into a summer bobsled, made with wheels that roll on the track’s concrete surface, and weave through the same course used in the 2002 Olympics. Professional pilots navigate up to three bobsled passengers on a thrilling ride, where you can expect to reach up to 60mph, in less than one minute. While this ride is offered to all ability levels, participants must be 13+ years old, and weigh more than 100lbs.
Utah Olympic Park’s Alpine Slide offers scenic views of Park City, and a smooth, comfortable ride. Enjoy 18 banked turns, as you cruise on easily controlled sleds at your desired speed. The alpine slide is fun for all ages, as the sleds can fit two passengers. Passenger must be 3+ and the driver 13+ years old.
Extreme Zipline and Freestyle Zipline
Enjoy one of Utah Olympic Park’s two Extreme Ziplines, or try the Freestyle Zipline if you’re looking for something to help you ease into the adventure. While the Freestyle Zipline is geared towards younger members of your family looking for a more leisurely ride, the Extreme Zipline offers a gravity infused ride of up to 50mph.
Start with a 377-foot long zipline resting above the treetops, before ending your thrill with a step off the 65-foot drop tower for an exhilarating freefall.
Three Different Adventure Courses
Utah Olympic Park offers three different adventure courses catering to different levels and ages. The Discovery Adventure Course (beginner), Canyon Adventure Course (intermediate), and Summit Adventure Course (advanced), are each designed to challenge participants as they problem solve and navigate through a variety of different obstacles.
All this is just an introduction to what Utah Olympic Park has to offer. There are so many opportunities to learn about the area’s Olympic heritage at the Alf Engen Museum, or to be wowed by sheer athletic talent at events like the Freestyle Shows, which run on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 PM starting June 26. Additionally, various kids’ sports programs and camps are offered throughout the summer. For a complete list of opening dates, times, and a detailed schedule, check out Utah Olympic Park’s website.