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Published on : Monday, December 2, 2013
As the 2014 Winter Olympics approach, Utah is offering visitors the chance to get a taste of the games without an international price tag at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City – site of the Bobsled, Skeleton, Luge, and Nordic Ski Jumping competitions during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Guests can make their Olympic dreams a reality as they share the slopes with Olympic athletes, bobsled the 2002 Olympic track, experience the thrill of Skeleton and more.
For the ultimate interactive experience, the Utah Olympic Park offers guided tours of the event venues and lessons from certified professional instructors. The Utah Olympic Park and Olympic Oval are also hosting a number of official qualifying events open to the public. This is a great way to see world-class Olympic athletes without the cost of a flight to Sochi, Russia. Upcoming events include:
• Olympic Qualifier for Nordic Combined & Ski Jumping Event (Dec. 28-29, 2013) – The Utah Olympic Park will play host to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined. Visitors can watch top athletes from across the country compete for the chance to represent the U. S. in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
• Winter Comet Bobsled (Dec. 21, 2013 – March 30, 2014) – Visitors can ride down the 2002 Winter Olympic Track in a three-passenger bobsled. Professional pilots guide sleds from the official Olympic start down the one-mile track, snaking through 15 turns, reaching speeds up to 80 mph and five G’s of force. Guests must meet age, weight and health requirements; $200 per person
• Winter Rocket Skeleton (Dec. 21, 2013 – March 30, 2014) – Skeleton is a unique experience where guests can command their own sled down the 2002 Winter Olympic Track. Unlike luge, skeleton riders descend the track head first, inches above the ice. The ride is smooth and fast, making it a favorite amongst thrill-seekers. Must meet age, weight and health requirements; Fridays and Saturdays; $50 per person
• Venue Tours of Olympic Park – Utah Olympic Park offers one-hour guided venue tours. The tour stops at the top of the Nordic Ski Jumps, Bobsled Start House and Olympic Aerials Pool. Tours are offered year-round, daily; $10 adults/ $7 kids+seniors
Utah will be hosting a number of Road to Sochi Events. In addition to the Utah Olympic Park’s qualifiers, the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup will be hosted at Deer Valley Resort Jan. 8-11, 2013; and the U.S. Sprint Grand Prix and U.S. Olympic freeskiing team naming ceremony will be Jan. 17-19, 2013 at Park City Mountain Resort.
Home to the Greatest Snow on Earth®, Utah also offers unparalleled skiing and snowboarding at world-class resorts, including Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Canyons and more. Cross-country, alpine and backcountry skiing are available to visitors of all skill levels in the winter, from the novice to the powder expert.
Visitors can complete their Olympic experience with a stay at Hyatt Escala Lodge with the resort’s “Gold Medal” package, which includes a three-night stay, two one-day passes to Olympic Legacy Park to train with the pros, two complimentary lift tickets to Canyons Resort and a Premium Heli-Skiing Experience for two with Powderbird guides. In-hotel amenities with this package include breakfast daily, Anti-Fatigue Leg Treatment & Sports Massages at Canyons Spa for two and dinner for two at Escala Provisions Company.
As part of the national Learn to Ski and Snowboard month, Alta, located less than an hour away from Olympic Park, is offering a “Discover Alta” package throughout the month of January. Designed to target first-time through intermediate level skiers looking to improve their comfort and skill level on the slopes, this all-inclusive package includes three nights of lodging, three days of skiing, one ski school lesson, professionally fitted demo skis, airport transfers, healing yoga, a snowshoe walk and a session with the Alta Historical Society about Alta’s unique past.
The “Ski, Stay & Dine” package allows guest to enjoy Deer Valley Resort’s award-winning cuisine, luxury accommodations, renowned skiing and service along with a 20 percent savings on lodging and lift tickets at participating properties. The package includes a $50 dining certificate valid at any of Deer Valley Resort’s owned and operated evening restaurants.
Source:- Visit Utah