Utah Olympic Park
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Go off a Nordic Ski Jump
The Utah Olympic Park hosted the bobsled, luge, skeleton, and Nordic jumping events during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Utah. Now you can pretend to be an Olympian too. The park offers beginner ski jumping lessons during the summer (into the 750,000-gallon splash pool; and no, you won't be going off these big jumps; they have baby jump ramps for you). You can also take a zip line, alpine slide, or go for a bobsled ride at 75 mph (with a professional driver), or check out the two very well done museums there, the Alf Engen Ski Museum or the Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum; both wonderfully interactive. A trip to the Utah Olympic Park has options for every level of adventurist, and is one stop you surely wouldn't want to miss on your Park City visit.
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Marvel at the Flying Ace All-Star Show
The Flying Ace All-Star Show, Sundays at 1pm during the summer months, is not to be missed. One dozen Olympic athletes in training, many from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, slide down huge watered ramps, launch 60 feet into the air, and pull twists, flips, and crazy feats before landing in the 750,000 gallon splash pool. They're all training for freestyle skiing season; you get to enjoy a truly unique show, set to rocking music and narrated by past world-class athletes.
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Go 75 mph on a Bobsled
Feel the need for speed? You don’t have any idea until you’re been strapped into a four-man bobsled on the same icy track that world-class athletes competed on during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, when Park City’s Utah Olympic Park hosted the bobsled, luge, skeleton, and nordic jumping events. A professional driver sits in front (thank goodness), and three brave guests go along for the ride. Hang onto your hat (and your neck) as you’ll fly down the track at 75-80 m.p.h., traveling sideways on 15 steep curves and finally understanding the true impact of G force (about 5). The ride takes under a minute to complete. Not for the faint of heart.
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Cool Runnings
One thing I never had on my bucket list? Bobsledding! I had no clue a regular person could do that. At Utah Olympic Park, an experienced pilot will take a bobsled with 3 dare-devils on an insane ride down the 2002 Olympic Track. It starts slow enough, and, for a few seconds you even think 'this isn't so bad', but don't be fooled. The G-Forces will pull you hard into your seat and: OUUUUUEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Sanka, you dead? Ya, mon. ____________________ General Information: $185 per person, reservation required. 435.658.4206 To view the schedule, book online or other related information, please visit the website. A warm thank you for my Park City experience — courtesy of Park City Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau (http://www.visitparkcity.com/). #VisitParkCity
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