The Utah Olympic Park, located in Park City, Utah, has a number of exciting summer adventure activities great for both kids and adults who want to have some serious fun in the outdoors. Surrounded by a mountainous environment, the Utah Olympic Park was one of the host locations for the 2002 Winter Olympic games.
The park’s defining activity is the signature Comet Bobsled ride. This high-speed 65 mph ride, with 15 total curves, is a thrilling rush of a lifetime. Up to three guests can ride with a seasoned bobsled pilot, and riders must be age 13 or older and weigh at least 100 pounds. For safety reasons, it is discouraged that anyone with chronic neck problems, back or kidney problems, heart problems, recent surgery, and/or high blood pressure ride the Comet Bobsled.
After an insane bobsled ride, take your thrills to the Extreme Zip, one of the steepest ziplines in the world. There’s something about being suspended high up on a mountain, preparing to throw yourself into the middle of gravity and space, with nothing more than a harness around your hips, that will certainly get your blood pumping. You’ll feel that split second moment where your stomach travels up to your throat, and then you'll leap (and you may even manage a vocal ‘wohoo’ while zipping down the line).
Once grounded, stick around long enough to watch others test their nerves on the zipline and see their nervous anticipation turn to ear-to-ear grins. For the Extreme Zipline, participants must be between 100-275 pounds. The Freestyle Zipline only requires the participant to be between 50-275 pounds. Same safety guidelines apply to the ziplines as with the Comet Bobsled. Shoes without heel straps must be removed and secured.
Another fun part of the park is the alpine slide, which is a nice, smooth ride with incredible views as you go through straightaways, drops, and 18 banked turns as fast or as slow as you’d like. The alpine slide is for all ability levels. Drivers must be at least 48” tall and passengers must be at least 3-years-old and under 48” tall. Passengers must be accompanied by a driver age 13 or older. No open-toe shoes or shoes without heel straps are allowed and that goes for handheld objects as well. Secure any loose clothing, hats, hair and personal articles.
There are three different adventure courses at the Utah Olympic Park with different ability levels and age ranges. They are the Discovery Adventure Course for beginners at a minimum age of 5, the Canyon Adventure Course at an intermediate level for those at a minimum age of 7, and the Summit Adventure Course for the advanced with a minimum age of 13. These courses will have participants doing a number of things such as: ducking around obstacles; crawling through tight spaces; doing log traverses; testing agility, balance and coordination; and dealing with swinging elements and problem-solving features.
The Utah Olympic Park adventures are not for the faint of heart, and they’ll definitely get the heart pumping, adrenaline flowing, and daredevil skills tested. Always keep safety in mind as you go about these great activities. Depending on the activity you’re doing, lines can get pretty long, especially for the ziplines and alpine slide. Weekends are usually busier than weekdays.
Keep yourself hydrated and nourished. Park City is usually about 5-10 degrees cooler than it is in Salt Lake City, but it’s good to take some water and snacks. You can also grab a bite at either the Nordic Plaza Concessions Window or the Silver Bean Coffee Café located on the park grounds.
The Utah Olympic Park is about 25 minutes away from Salt Lake City, located just off Exit #145 on Interstate 80 at Kimball Junction. Prices vary depending on the package or activity you choose to do. Summer Gold Passes are available at a discounted price at Costco. Check Groupon.com or ksl.com as they sometimes have discounted offers for the Utah Olympic Park as well.