How to Play Like an Olympian During a Park City, Utah Getaway
If you own a pair of skis, then you’ve probably heard about (or even dreamed of) Park City, Utah. With the never-ending stretch of the Wasatch Mountain views, many ski resorts, and the Utah Olympic Park, it’s made itself quite the winter destination for new and seasoned snow fanatics.
In the warmer months, however, its beautiful winding trails lend themselves to mountain bikers and hikers for a very scenic adventure. But, no matter when you choose to escape from the hustle and bustle to this city, olympian-esque family fun awaits, making it an absolute must on your list of travel destinations.
1. Take a Guided Tour to Bring the Games to Life
As if the mountains and ski resorts weren’t reason enough to make a trip, Park City is home to the Utah Olympic Park. Built for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, this multi-use facility is a wonder as it spans across almost 400 acres. And, while the park looked much different many years ago as it was filled with media vans, buses, and semi-trailers, you’ll still feel the same level of excitement and enthusiasm in the air.
To get the most out of your visit, taking a one-hour guided tour should be at the top of your priority list. After all, you won’t get the chance to hear the unusual and incredible stories of Olympic achievement anywhere else. You’ll start on a ride aboard the park’s shuttle bus as you’re driven to the very top of the world’s highest Nordic ski jumps and one of the fastest sliding tracks in the world. During this time, your guide will do his or her best to bring the games to life.
Additionally, be sure to explore the Alf Engen Ski Museum and George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum. The kids in your travel crew will enjoy learning about the history of all skiing disciplines in the intermountain region through interactive touchscreen displays, videos, a virtual reality ski theater, games, and topographical maps.
Tripbound Tip: space is limited, however, for the guided tour and tickets can sell out in advance. Hey, it’s a popular thing to do! So, be sure to check the website or contact the front desk to verify availability before you show up.
2. Bobsled on the Winter Olympics Track
For the adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers visiting this destination during the winter season (late December to early April), you can always savor the most extreme activity while you’re at the Utah Olympic Park: a winter bobsled experience.
Just be sure to hold on tight during your slide down the 2002 Winter Games track as a professional pilot takes you and two members of your travel crew (who must be 16+ years of age and 100+ lbs.) for the ride of your life! You’ll definitely be feeling like a real Olympian at the end of it.
3. Learn to Curl
The Utah Olympic Oval, a five-acre venue, houses Utah’s only 400-meter speed skating oval and two international-sized ice sheets. But, it’s here where you and your family can take a two-hour on-ice class on a Friday, which is taught by Utah Olympic Oval Certified instructors, to learn how to curl like the pros. You’ll become familiar with the fundamentals of the game—from proper delivery to sweeping, and basic strategy.
Tripbound Tip: Advanced registration is recommended due to the limited class size of 48. And, be sure to arrive 10 minutes before class starts to ensure you get ample time for equipment needs.
4. Enjoy the Snowy Slopes
Skiing in Park City is a no-brainer—whether it be at Park City, Deer Valley, or another resort. But, when you’re ready to take a break from the regular ski trails (just as Olympians do from their hard training), hit up Gorgoza Park for snowy fun for the whole family, which includes inner tubing to mini snowmobiles, and even a Fort Frosty play area for your young snow lovers.
All you need to do is bring your winter gear, and the park will supply the tubes and uphill transportation, so you get all the enjoyment without much work! There’s even an on-site café, Café Yurt, where you can grab a tasty treat or warm beverage to stay energized for a full day of play.
5. Sleep Like a Champ
When you’re playing like an Olympian, there’s no doubt you’re going to need a cozy crash pad to come back to. To save you time sifting through the best sweet suite deals, Wyndham Park City Resort not only offers proximity to all these adventures shared today, but also killer views of those mountains right from your own private balcony.
Not to mention, with two outdoor hot tubs and an outdoor pool onsite, you’ll be able to kick back and relax after a long day in the great outdoors. It’s the perfect Olympian oasis to serve as your family’s home away from home.
So, what do you say? Are you ready to play like an Olympian and experience the best of Park City? Go for the gold and plan the getaway of your dreams without breaking the bank!
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