After an action packed beginning of the year hosting the USANA FIS Nordic Junior World Championships and U23 Cross Country World Championships, the Utah Olympic Park (UOP) is opening its doors to the public for its annual winter activities offerings, starting Feb. 18th. Featuring the adventure ropes courses, the Comet Bobsled, and the free museums, the UOP is one of the best places to spend your day in Park City if you're looking for some off-slope family fun.
Winter Activities at the Utah Olympic Park
Adventure Rope Courses
The UOP offers three different levels of adventure rope courses, allowing participants to challenge themselves in an obstacle course of rope and balancing features. For the youngest explores (ages 5+), the Discovery Adventure Course is the best option. Adults are encouraged to join the kids in this course, particularly for children under 7. More seasoned adventurers will love the Canyon Adventure Course (age 7+) and the Summit Adventure Course (age 13+) where they can test their strength, agility, balance, and coordination at heights up to 25 ft. and 55 ft. in the air, respectively.
If you've mastered the ropes courses without batting an eyelash, you're ready for the advanced experience at the Drop Tower. Thrill-seekers can fly through the treetops on a 377-foot long zip line which ends at the 65-feet-tall Drop Tower where the only way down is to free fall the 65 feet to the ground. This course is sure to give you the adrenaline rush you crave.
Winter Comet Bobsled
One of the most unique and thrilling experiences at the UOP during the winter is the Winter Comet Bobsled. Three passengers tag along with a professional bobsled driver as you fly down the 2002 Olympic track. Achieving speeds of up to 60 mph in less than one mile of track, this is one you don't want to miss. *Note: Reservations are required ahead of you visit and can be made by calling 435.658.4206 or by visiting the UOP's website; Participants must be 16 years or older and weigh 100+ lbs.
The UOP is home to the Alf Engen Ski Museum and the Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum. Both museums are open the entire winter from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free. Find out more about the history of all skiing disciplines in the Intermountain region and the 2002 Olympics through an interactive museum experience featuring videos, touch screens, a virtual reality ski theater, games, and topographical maps. Guided tours are available daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Plan Your Visit
The UOP winter activities are open from February 18 to March 31 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. every week Tuesday through Sunday. If you're planning a full day on the ropes courses and the Drop Tower, the Winter/Spring Gold Pass includes unlimited day use and is a great deal at $45 per adult and $30 per youth (12 & under). Winter Comet Bobsled, Guided Tours, and Go Pro rentals, however, do not come with the pass.
While restaurants are sparse up at the UOP, there no need to pack lunch. If you get hungry during your adventures, simply pop into the on-site café, open daily for lunch and espresso beverages.
The UOP is located a short drive out of Park City along Highway 224. Take the Park City Public Transit for free to the Kimball Junction Visitor Center. From there, catch the complimentary shuttle up to the Park.
Have fun out there you adrenaline junkies!