After working as a Mountain Adventures Guide for a whole summer and having gone on all of the Park’s activities too many times to count, the Drop Tower continues to rattle my nerves. There is something that always freaks me out about looming 65 feet above ground. Nevertheless, the Drop Tower endures as my favorite activity at the Park.
In early July in Park City the last remnants of snow are melting away and hibernating until we welcome Fall once again. Even with all of the snow gone there is still a plethora of ways to have fun. You can’t go wrong heading to the Utah Olympic Park for a day and checking out what the Park has to offer. Most of the traffic in the Park occurs on the zip lines and Alpine Slide leaving the Trackside Plaza as a hidden gem with adrenaline pumping activities such as the Drop Tower.
You can head to the Drop Tower by walking towards the bobsled track down from the Alf Engen Ski Museum. There will be a trail hanging to the left of the parking lot and will eventually lead you under the bobsled track and the Drop Tower will be right there. Once there go to the tent and have a Mountain Adventures Guide help you harness up. When the guides give you the go ahead, walk up the Bridges Trail up to the ‘Birds Nest’.
The ‘Birds Nest’ is where the course begins. From here I could feel the excitement pumping. Once hooked to the cable and the guides gave me the OKAY, all I had to do was lift up my feet and zip line began. No one will blame you if you let out a yell or shriek a bit. The zip line is one of the most scenic views of the park. While in mid air you have time to turn your head and take in the views from the treetops under your feet to the bobsled track surrounding you. Suddenly I got stopped and a friendly face was there to pull me onto the tower. However, within a minute I got the realization that I had to step off of this 65 foot tower once again.
On the Drop Tower there is only one way to get down, taking a step. Even though I wanted to act like a baby and wimp out, I knew I had to go down. After I listened to the guide give instructions on how to safely and properly repel off the tower, I headed over to the platform. I was all ready to step off, but I made a mental mistake and looked down. When looking down at all of the tiny people I got sick to my stomach. I quickly took a step back and rethought through my situation. In my mind, I asked myself, “Can I just stay up here for a couple days?”. I gutted it out and once again stepped towards the platform. The guides were ready and I felt as though I was too. I clenched the rope as tight as I possibly could and took a big step. My stomach turned upside down and I had a surge of adrenaline go through me. Before I even knew it I landed on the ground. I was alive, and it felt great! Its hard to beat that sense of accomplishment and pride that I was able to step off. Even though that may have been my 100th time stepping off of that platform it felt as great as the first time I ever did it. My advice to anyone that is thinking about doing the Drop Tower is do it!
But take my advice, DONT LOOK DOWN!
I’ve been on zip lines before, but nothing compared to my experience of riding the Extreme Zipline at the Utah Olympic Park! It started out as a gorgeous sunny day—my stomach had the butterflies as I stared up from the bottom of the nordic ski jumps, watching as others flew 50 mph through the air on one of the steepest zip lines in the world.
To get to the top and gear up for the ride, we first rode the scenic Nordic Ski Lift located at the bottom of the jumps. The ride was casual and very relaxing.
While waiting in line, I was able to soak in the amazing views of the Park, mountains and valley below. The attendant helping everyone into their harnessed seat was Scott Kauf, the Mountain Adventure Manager for the Park. He was cracking jokes and making everyone laugh and feel comfortable. Even standing in line, we were all having a great time!
I was up next to ride.
As you step up onto the box, they pull the seat back to make it easy for you to sit down and get yourself situated and comfortable. A safety strap then goes around your waist and an additional one over your head, making you feel 100 percent secure.
At that point I had my knees resting against the gate—I heard them say five more seconds and then the gate opened and I was flying down the Olympic size hill!
Once to the bottom, I hopped out of the chair and was running to get back on the lift to ride the Extreme Zipline a thousand times more!
Come ride and catch a glimpse of how it feels for the Olympians to jump and fly near the same speeds. The park is open daily from 10 am-6 pm. Tickets for a one-time ride are $20 or you can get unlimited rides all day with a Gold Pass, $65 for adults, $40 for youth.
On December 22nd, the Utah Olympic Oval hosted the first annual TitanTough21 charity hockey featuring the Salt Lake Community College Hockey Club and the reigning high school state champs, the Viewmont Vikings.
Both teams came out to support Reagan Everett and her cancer fight. Reagan has a rare genetic disorder called Li-fraumeni Syndrome (LFS), which affects the P53 gene in her genome. When the p53 gene is damaged it is unable to do its job, which is to help the body find and stop cell mutations. If mutated cells are left unchecked they never stop growing. This is cancer. The presence of a mutant P53 gene the body has no way to tell the cancer cells to commit cell suicide (Apoptosis) or to repair itself and cure the cancer. Lacking that healthy tumor-suppressor gene dramatically increases the risk of cancer to a staggering 80-90 percent. Reagan currently is battling brain cancer.
In Reagan’s own words she founded this organization because she “wants to find a cure for LFS and do my part to save cancer patients that have this terrible syndrome. I believe TitanTough21 is a great way to do that.”
Both teams expressed great excitement in being able to contribute to Reagan’s cause. SLCC Team Captain, Steven Hicks said: “We love Reagan and we will do anything we can to help her through her fight. Reagan never misses a game, and I know I can look up in the stand at anytime and I will see Reagan cheering us on.”
With the help of the Oval’s Hockey Coordinator, Jae Worthen, the game went off without a hitch and raised over $2000 dollars. Not only was it a monetary success but it was a great time for players and fans alike!
You can learn more about Reagan’s fight, LFS, and donate to TitanTough21 at www.titantough21.org!
fans enjoying the game
First off, our Holiday Adventure pass is available for use December 26th through January 4th. This means you have ten days to experience the thrill of riding our EXTREME ZIP because these are the only 10 days that the zip line is open during the winter months. Along with the extreme zip the pass includes unlimited day use for Drop Tower and Canyon and Summit Adventure Courses. The Holiday Adventure pass is a great way to occupy your energy-filled kids over their winter break or entertain your out-of-town holiday guests!
Click the following link for pricing info:
Secondly, our Winter Adventure Pass becomes available January 16th through 19th and February 10th through April 19th with activities running Tuesday through Sunday from 1PM to 5PM. While this pass does not include use of a zip line you still get unlimited day use of Drop Tower and Canyon and Summit Adventure Courses.
Pricing is reduced compared to the Holiday Adventure Pass and you can click the following link for more info:
Also, don’t forget that admission to the Alf Engen Ski Museum is always free and construction on Project Big Air, the complete redesign of the UOP training pool ramps, is a sight to see in itself!
Good news: It’s not too late to get your photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Clause – in fact you can get that photo taken right here at the Oval at our annual Holiday Festival that will be held on Saturday, December 6th starting at 6 PM. We have a ton of fun activities on the agenda, including: funny face photo booth, public ice skating, sports clinics, ice carver, Oval Figure Skating Show, holiday crafts, and much, much more!
Admission is free with a non-perishable food donation at the door. The food collection will be supporting the Kearns Food Pantry – serving the Kearns community for over 30 years!
In case you don’t believe me… here is photo gallery proving just how fun our Holiday festival has been in the past!
It’s your lucky day, Salt Lake City, because if you missed the stars of short track speed skating at the ISU World Cup you have another chance! The inaugural Apolo Ohno Invitation is TONIGHT, Friday, November 21st at the Energy Solutions Arena.
This great spectator event has been made even greater with a powerful, in-venue experience complete with theatrical lighting and intense music throughout the competition. You will get to see elite athletes from the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, and China racing in men’s and women’s 500m, 1000m, and team relays across 14 races.
This event is yet another opportunity to “invite the world back to Utah,” as Governor Gary R. Herbert put it and can only add to Utah’s Olympic legacy. So come on out tonight and support some of your favorite U.S. Speed Skating team members such as Jessica Smith and John-Henry Krueger as they go for gold!
Doors open at 6 PM with races starting at 7 PM and you can purchase tickets through Smith’s Tix or www.energysolutionarea.com, in person or at the Energy Solutions Box office or by phone at 801-355-SEAT. You can also catch this event streaming on NBCSN starting at 8 PM MST on Friday, November 21st.
SEE YOU THERE!
It’s no secret that the 2002 Winter Olympics that were held right in our very own Salt Lake City were a huge success. Many factors contributed to this success including the enormous amount of fun and willing VOLUNTEERS that worked at the multiple ceremonies and events. That being said – let’s talk about the ongoing “Legacy of the Volunteer!
It began with a spark. From February 8th through the 24th, 2002, The Salt Lake Olympic Games ignited the passion of 2,300 athletes representing 77 delegations with an audience of more than 2 billion people watching from around the world – and behind all of this was 22,000 volunteers working day and night to make sure that their city and nation’s time in the lime-light was all that it should be.
This massive force became the face of the Games, recognized at first by their brightly colored coats and then for their never-ending smiles and warmth. During and after the Games, athletes and officials from around the world gave credit for the great success of Salt Lake 2002 to these extraordinary volunteers.
While the 2002 Games around are nearly 14 years behind us our venues are still home to some astounding world events. One such event is the upcoming Short Track Speed Skating World Cup that will be held November 7th through the 9th at the Utah Olympic Oval. We of course need help from volunteers like the ones described above! Now that you’re hooked here is some more info…
Volunteers are needed to work in the following capacities:
Doping Chaperones: Escorting the athletes to their drug tests
Access Control: Providing security and control within the venue
Usher: Assist the public with seating and questions
Check in: Helping in the volunteer/staff area
*Arrivals/Departures: Assisting with athletes at the airport
For more information and shift times please visit out volunteer page.