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“This is our second year visiting Park...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Utah Olympic Park

Utah Olympic Park
3419 Olympic Pkwy, Park City, UT 84098
435-658-4200
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Ranked #5 of 20 Attractions in Park City
Type: Parks, Sports Camps/ Clinics, Sports Complexes, Museums
Activities: Skiing
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Owner description: Park is used for competitions and year-round training for athletes.
omaha
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“This is our second year visiting Park...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2010 via mobile

This is our second year visiting Park City and the Olympic Park is by far our favorite family activity.

We've only visited in the summer and there are always young ski jumpers going down the practice ramps into the large pool. In addition Olympic teams are often training there and the jumps they do are spectacular.

If you are more of a doer than a watcher then for $95 you can take a three hour lesson that culminates in going down a smaller ramp. My son dis this and had a blast as the staff was fanastic.

In addition there are alpine slides and zip lines but we have not. Tried those yet.

Great and entertaining place!

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“A must-see when traveling to Park City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2010

A guided tour of the facility is the way to experience this great attraction. The guide was extremely knowledgable. It was so great to be able to see where Olympians train and compete. We went before the Vancouver Olympics and ran into the bobsledders after a practice run. It was so cool. This is worth taking time out of skiing to experience!

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Philadelphia
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“The best attraction in Salt Lake City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2010

Even though it was November and there wasn't a snow yet, it was still worth visiting. Olympic park is about 30-min drive from Salt Lake City. Easy access via free way. No 4-wheel drive needed. Once you park at the Visitor's Center for free, you go inside to buy a ticket for the tour of the premises if you like. It was less than $10 and well worth it. We were shuttled from one jump to another with guide explaining winter sports and talking about olympic games in 2002. The shuttle was heated, so even though it was freezing outside, we never got cold. We made stops, got out, walked around little bit, went back in, moved to another place... The guide was very enthusiastic about his job, about the winter sports and youth general. His passion was infectious. He patiently answered all our silly ignorant questions. Not only he explained the difference between various sports (I didn't know the difference between bobslede, luge and skeleton when I first came), but he also talked about how athletes train, how they get rated during competitions, financing and politics of the sports, what it takes for sport to qualify to be an olympic sport, etc. Truly fascinating even for sport-ignorant person like me.

We all went back to visitor's center after the tour. There is a Utah ski museum on the ground floor and Olympic museum on the 2nd floor. They are free. The Utah ski museum is very interesting and quite interractive for kids. They can play with various things such stimulating ski jumps and slalom skiing. There is also a theatre continuosly showing 6 short films about skiing and olympics. They are actually personal stories about famous atheletes rather than dry docummentaries. Very interesting.

The Olympics museum on the 2nd floor has a lot of artifacts, costumes, props, outfits, medals, photographs... on display. I loved the panel with all olympic medals there have ever been in the history. There is also an area dedicated to paraolympics and wall with amazing photo collages depicting winter sports and Utah national parks. If you are truly interested in learning more about winter sports, I would recommend spending at least 3-4 hours on both floors combined. The facility as well as museum are very non-commercial, down to earth, promoting health and exercise, passion for sports, etc. The people that work there are enthusiastic and dedicated. Definitely visit!

There happend to be an internationl women bobsled 2-person competition when I visited. It was free to watch and very exciting. I've never seen anything like that in person, only on TV. They let public get very close to the starting line. The closest you could get was 6 feet and photos without flash were allowed. They also had free hot chocolate for onlookers and we could move up and down the track as we liked. The bobsled/luge/skeleton track has 15 curves and is 8/10 of mile long. It was interesting to see them start, gain speed, cut curves, and hear others cheering. When you plan a visit, check out the events' schedule on the web site. You might be able to see an interesting competition.

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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“Check on sporting events”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2010

A good place to visit prior to the Winter Olympics. Gives a better understanding of the sports, and got to watch some Olympic teams practising.

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CT,USA
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“Different kind of attraction - worthe the time!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2009

We really enjoyed the entire experience. Unfortunately, it seemed we were there on the wrong day as there was no training going on and all of the attractions (bobsled, zip line, etc) were closed. Still, we did the guided tour which takes you throughout the entire park and shows the highlights and that was extrememly interesting and fun. Definitely worth the $7 pp. The museums were ok - the olympic museum was actually pretty impressive with many original items from the 02 games.

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