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Thu. Jul 18th, 2024

How to Catch Olympic Fever in SLC

By Vaseline May31,2024

In 2002, Parkstad Deer Valley Resort hosting the Winter Olympics’ freestyle moguls and aerials and alpine slalom events on the Champion, Know You Don’t and White Owl ski slopes. When these slopes are closed for athlete training, guests can watch the action by skiing down the mid-level Solid Muldoon, a slope sandwiched between White Owl and Know You Don’t. Better yet, plan to attend Intermountain Health Freestyle International Ski World Cup 2024February 1-4, 2024. Held annually in Deer Valley for 26 years, this moguls and aerials freestyle skiing event is one of the most festive and celebrated elite ski competitions in the US, offering a second-best taste for the events held at Deer Valley in 2002.

Located just over the ridge from Deer Valley Parkstad mountain, venue for the 2002 Olympic Games, the Giant Slalom (GS) ski races and all snowboarding events. Experienced skiers and riders can take on the steep and long CB’s slope, where GS skiers and parallel GS snowboarders competed for Olympic gold. Or visit the expert-only Pick N’ Shovel Halfpipe, site of the first 20-foot Olympic halfpipe, dubbed the Eagle Superpipe at the 2002 Games. For a more beginner- and intermediate-friendly tour of Park City Mountain’s Olympic slopes, take a ride on the Eagle chairlift, which runs directly above the CBs and halfpipe.

Park City’s third Olympic venue in 2002 is the Utah Olympic Parkhome to bobsled, luge, skeleton, ski jumping and Nordic combined events. Today, the UOP remains a training center for Olympic and developmental level athletes, and one of the state’s most vibrant recreational destinations. The facilities there include the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center, home to the Alf Engen Ski Museum and the Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum, both open to the public free of charge year-round. Tours are offered daily and can be booked via utaholympiclegacy.org. Winter activities at the UOP include the Winter Bobsled Experience, a chance to zoom around the park’s icy track with a professional pilot. In the summer, the UOP is buzzing with mountain roller coasters, ‘Extreme’ tubing, zip lines, scenic chairlift rides, freestyle aerial shows and much more.

Just east of Park City lies the charming, Swiss-inspired town of Midway Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, site of the biathlon, cross-country skiing and Nordic combined (cross-country skiing portion) events of the 2002 Olympic Games. There, visitors can pedal and slide along the same 30 km course that the 2002 Olympians competed on. Other winter activities in Soldier Hollow include snowshoeing and no-skill snow tubing along the center’s 4,000-foot lanes. In the summer, Soldier Hollow offers biathlon and mountain bike instruction and e-mountain bike rentals. The center’s robust events schedule includes a trail running series, amateur and professional mountain bike races, including the Soldier Hollow Bike Festan annual sheepdog competition and cross-country races.

These and other venues for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City are located on traditional Shoshone, Ute and Paiute countries.

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