In the year 2002, Park City rang in its legacy as a host of the Winter Olympics. For the first time ever, they were chosen to welcome this Internationally celebrated event in the city. Of course, that meant that they had to build a park to host in. That led to the creation of the first official Utah Olympic Park. Every winter, U.S. Olympians from near and far visit this park to hone their skills and prepare for the quadrennial event. Year-round, visitors from across the country and globe visit to learn about the history of the winter sports hosted, enjoy the activities and museum, and take their Instagram photos with the iconic Olympic rings found around the Park. There are a total of 3 venues that make up the full Olympic Park. These three venues include the Utah Olympic Oval, Utah Olympic Park, and the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center. The following information is for the Utah Olympic Park located in Park City. In July 2022, The Utah Olympic Park revealed that they are constructing ski lifts that will connect world-class snowboard and skiing terrain for training athletes.
Year-Round Activities at The Utah Olympic Park
Though the park is open year-round, visiting during the different seasons will offer a completely different ambiance. During the wintertime, you can feel the serious and more quiet vibe of the venue as professional athletes are using the facilities to practice. As a perk, it's very exciting to observe them working on their craft! From spring to fall, the energy is more lively and exciting as more of the activities for the public are open for use.
Here are some of the exciting activities offered at the Utah Olympic Park:
Alf Engen Ski Museum
There is plenty of free parking available in the parking lot at this venue. Upon parking, you will see the expansive Museum just in front of you. Inside this building, you will find various facilities such as a gift shop, bathrooms, and most importantly, the museum. This museum is unlike other types of museums you may have been in the past. Not only are there plenty of incredible historic items on display such as the evolution of skis and snowboards and outfits from past Olympians, but there are also interactive activities. If you're looking for a quick or introductory way of experiencing bobsleds, ski jumping, mountain biking and more - there are mountain sport simulators inside! It's one of the coolest virtual reality experiences around and it's very affordable. Starting from $2/per experience.
When I was there, I had the pleasure of trying the Bobsledding adventure on the simulator. You sit in a lift that moves with every movement you view on the screen in front of you. It's a full sensory experience with sounds, cold, and even fake snow blowing! This is an experience that both kids and adults will love. Since at the time, I wasn't able to try the bobsled at the park, this was a fantastic substitute for the real thing at a much more affordable price. Plus, the fees are used to support the park. So, it's a win-win!
Tickets & Info
Access to the parking lot, museum, and walking around the venue are free. So, if you're looking for an educational and inspiring family activity at low cost, this is the place to visit. If you'd like a more behind-the-scenes experience, we recommend going on their guided tours. Though these do require tickets and purchase ahead of time, the cost is low at $12/child or senior and $15/adult. To participate in activities such as bobsled, zipline, obstacle courses, and more you will have to purchase tickets online. We highly recommend purchasing your tickets at least 1 week in advance to ensure you secure the activities and time slots you are looking for. If you plan to spend a lot of time at the park with your family or you just want to try it all - purchase a pass! They offer various types of passes that will give you access to multiple activities for the day or an allotted amount of time. This is a great money-saver!
- The Utah Olympic Oval is located in Kearns, 16 miles west of Salt Lake City.
- For the most activities, visit during the Summer season!
- Purchase a pass if you want to save money on multiple activities!