By Ani Roberts
Sports lovers may now enjoy three 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic venues under one entity — the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization. Its dedicated staff directs operations at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, the Utah Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City and now, the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center in Midway. Legacy Foundation President and CEO Colin Hilton emphasizes “the three facilities are to be enjoyed by all, not just Olympic athletes, serious racers and competitors in training.”
Make a day out of an Olympic Park visit: zip lines, rope courses, bobsled rides, extreme tubing on Nordic jump landing hills, 65-foot freefalls from the Drop Tower, free visits to the Alf Engen Ski Museum and the Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum, a nosh at the café, or simply spectating.
Olympic Gold Medalist Derrick Parra is an expert on the finer points of racing at the Utah Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City. “The Fastest Ice on Earth” features figure- and speed-skating, hockey, curling and short track. Lessons and rentals are available.
Soldier Hollow is the newest addition to the trilogy, lying within Wasatch Mountain State Park. Manicured trails lead adventurers on cross-country skis and snowshoes over easy-to-difficult loops. Add rifles and target shooting to the mix and you have the makings of a biathlon. Instruction and gear is available at the Chalet.
Soldier Hollow also boasts the “longest tubing lanes in Utah.” Lights and snowmaking create winter magic.
Trained staff assists at all three venues, so unleash your inner Olympian!
Utah Olympic Park, 3419 Olympic Parkway, Park City, 435-658-4200.
Utah Olympic Oval, 5662 Cougar Lane, Salt Lake City, 801-968-6825.
Soldier Hollow, 2002 Olympic Drive, Midway, 435-654-2002.