Back in 2002, Utah Olympic Park served as host to awe-inspiring bobsled, skeleton, luge, and Nordic jumping action. That palpable Games-fueled energy has never really dissipated—even in the shadow of a pandemic. As the venue has shifted from global event host to training ground and playground (and elite competition site), it has made the serious business of building an enduring legacy, well, downright fun. Whether you're an avid spectator or DIY action junkie, the UOP’s unique combination of inspiration and exuberance has a little something for everyone. Pop into the free museums for interactive winter sports immersion. Watch U.S. Ski Team athletes and younger Olympic hopefuls train on the jumps at the 1.25 million-gallon, museum-side pool. Or step into a harness—or bobsled—for your very own adrenaline rush. Summer operations: Gold Pass through Sept. 6, daily; Jumpside Evening Pass July 2–Aug. 21, Friday–Sunday; Fall Jumpside Pass Sept. 10–26, Friday–Sunday
Zip & zoom
This summer marks the return to “normal”: full access to the UOP’s smorgasbord of alpine activities, which can be sampled individually (provided capacity allows) or collectively. After a Covid-induced hiatus, the beloved Gold Pass is back. This almost all-access pass ($75) delivers three and a half hours of unlimited use of the alpine slide, extreme tubing (zooming down the lower aspects of the Nordic jumps), extreme and freestyle ziplines, several ropes courses, and the drop tower. Although they allow free roaming of the entire facility, Gold Passes are limited (250 sold per session) to avoid overcrowding the park.
For those seeking a bird’s-eye view, check out the seven-tower zipline tour that traverses the landscape more than 160 feet in the air. And, to experience a little G-force, buckle up for a bobsled ride down the official track (albeit on wheels in the summertime). Of note: neither the zip tour nor the bobsled experience is included in the Gold Pass, and individual tickets to all activities are available in-person at the visitor’s center if capacity allows.
If the heights-and-speed combo is not your cup of tea, don’t worry. Simply taking in the view from the top of the Olympic Pkwy is worth the short drive. You can also dial down the amusement-park-like experience with a hike (or mountain bike ride)—several stunning trails can be accessed from the park—or just take a seat poolside and watch as some of the best athletes in the world perform flips and twists on the training jumps. The museums, which contain interactive exhibits (a few of which will be under construction this summer), cover everything from local ski history and icons to 2002 Games highlights and natural, snow-centered phenomena.
Mark your calendar
A surefire way to see high-flying acrobatics-on-skis is to time your visit to coincide with the Flying Ace All-Stars shows, ticketed events held on Friday and Saturday evenings. Also on tap for this summer is the return of the Twilight Drive-In, outdoor movies curated by local nonprofit Park City Film and screened in the UOP’s parking lot. Corporate events and a USA Water Polo tournament (Aug. 13) are currently on the summer docket as well.
- Follow UOP’s social media for flash sales on passes—if the Gold Pass is too much of a commitment, look for the Jumpside Evening Pass and Fall Jumpside Pass (accessing activities closest to the Nordic jumps).
- Make reservations online, fill out online waivers, and check height, weight, and age requirements ahead of time so you can hit the ground running.
- It’s best to head to the popular alpine slide and extreme zipline early, as lines build throughout the day.
- Be sure to hydrate and apply sunscreen.