The countdown is on to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games! And if you’re anything like us, you love getting into the Olympic spirit. The Olympics have it all, patriotism, competition, drama, thrills. The only thing better than watching the games, would be actually stepping foot onto some of the world class venues that have hosted the events.
And for that we live in the perfect state. There are several phenomenal former Olympic sites right in our own backyard. Want even better news? Salt Lake City’s Olympic venues continue to serve the community with a variety of sporting activities fun for the whole family. So you can bring your Olympic dreams to life by participating in activities that once hosted some of the world’s best athletes. Check out the activities below
Soldier Hollow in Midway
Home to the 2002 Winter Olympics Biathlon, Nordic Combined and Cross-country ski events, Soldier Hollow is still a top-notch venue that has plenty activities to offer the weekend adventurer. With a trails system that covers over 20 miles, there are trails for striders of all abilities. Or if snowshoeing is more your style, snowshoers are welcome to use the edges of the groomed trail network that lead to some truly incredible scenic views. For those who are just trying out the sport, equipment rentals are available as well as ski lessons, for both classic and skate styles of cross-country skiing.
But skiing isn’t the only activity at Soldier Hollow! Here you’ll also find longest snow tubing runs in Utah! You’ll have hours of fun sliding down 1,200-foot lanes and using the new lift that carries you to the top of the mountain. For an extra special experience, try night tubing under the stars!
Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns
Today, at the Olympic Oval you can enjoy ice sports in the very same state-of-the-art facility that in 2002 hosted some of the fastest skaters in the world. For those serious about sharpening their skills, lessons are offered in the areas of figure skating, speed skating, hockey and curling. Fun fact, if you do take curling lessons, you’ll be using the very same stones that were used in the 2002 Olympics!
But even if you aren’t interested in lessons, you can still take a spin on the ice during public skating hours which are offered almost daily. It’s a perfect activity for date night or a night of family fun. Ice skate rentals are available on site.
Utah Olympic Park
With world-class athletes competing in the bobsled, skeleton, luge, and ski jumping events, Utah Olympic Park was a thrilling venue during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Today, the place is just as thrilling with lots of activities that test your courage and give you that rush of adrenaline. You can test your limits at the fantastic high ropes course or, for a truly unforgettable experience, you can take a ride down the sliding track as a passenger in a bobsled piloted by a professional. Imagine the stories you could tell after that wild ride!
Utah Olympic Park also has a very interesting ski museum that is available to the public for free! Wander the floors to learn more about the history of winter sports in Park City and you’ll get a kick out of the ski suits from yesteryear. The second floor is designated specifically for the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics and has all sorts of memorabilia from the games.