In the cradle of the Wasatch Mountains, the 400 acres of Utah Olympic Park preserve the grounds where, in 2002, athletes from 77 nations competed in the XIX Olympic Winter Games and the VIII Paralympic Winter Games. A decade later, the park still retains its history through the Utah Olympic Legacy, a nonprofit organization that's maintained the sites of its six nordic ski jumps, bobsled, luge, and skeleton tracks, and skiing-terrain park. Park staffers encourage visitors of all ages and ability levels to experience these winter sports year-round.
Whether led by tour guides or coaches, park goers and athletes of all ages can navigate moguls and launch from jumps on a winter competition hill, bobsled down a 1,335-meter year-round track, or hurl down a water ramp into a summer training pool to practice their freestyle ski jumps. They can also soar through alpine terrain on ziplines that mimic nordic ski jumps or climb across the treetops on adventure ropes courses to escape a time-share salesman. After exploring the outdoors, visitors can peruse Olympic history exhibits at the Alf Engen Ski Museum and Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum.
More than a bowling alley, Jupiter Bowl is a multimedia entertainment complex, supplementing its 16 lanes with an arcade, three pool tables, and a 70-foot video wall that plays sports and music programming. Its dynamic setting earned it a rating of first for all-ages apr?s entertainment in the November 2011 issue of Ski Magazine. The Jupiter Bowl experience is punctuated with high-tech touches such as overhead flat-screen monitors and Qubica AMF pinsetters. Club Jupiter?comprising four private lanes?gives parties an enclosed space with a variable window tint, as well as their own jumbo video screen, ideal for airing home videos of the birthday boy?s first attempt to lift a bowling ball.
To facilitate lane availability, the staff oversees online lane reservations. Servers at the facility?s two dining venues, The Lift Grill & Lounge and Black Diamond Bar invite guests to linger over classic American food and drinks that include craft beers from Epic Brewing.
Blue Sky Adventures beckons adventure nuts with its 3,300-acre Blue Sky Ranch filled with abundant wildlife, mountain peaks, meadows, and canyons. The outdoor experts offer activities year-round. Summertime days are spent rafting, fly-fishing, horseback riding, biking, and spending warm nights in a yurt. During the winter months, nature lovers can take in the white-blanketed sights on a sleigh ride or dogsled, or try to sneak up on a rare species of snowman in a pair of snowshoes. Other group adventures include archery and a geo-cache scavenger hunt for the mountain's golden egg.
An olympic-size sheet of ice provides hours of entertainment for the individuals that convene at Park City Ice Arena. Guests can lace up their skates and learn proper techniques during hockey and ice skating lessons. A special public skate session ? Cosmic Skate ? darkens the arena before illuminating the ice with colored lights. Technicians use sonar to measure the ice's thickness, ensuring that the rink is between 1.25 and 1.5 inches thick. The arena is also available for birthday parties and other events, with activities such as ice skating, curling, broomball, and sled hockey.
Classes at Park City Gun Club are tailored to the students, be they neophytes, advanced, or somewhere in between. Instructors combine classroom lectures with hands-on practice using a LaserShot system, which relies on laser-only firearms and various video simulations. From here, training can move to live-fire ranges, where sound-dampening and air-filtration technology contribute to a comfortable experience. Park City Gun Club also encompasses a pro shop with an extensive firearms selection, as well as an onsite gunsmith who cleans, repairs, and upgrades firearms.
In the river's crystalline ripples, one can glimpse momentary reflections of the wild grasses, evergreens, and mountain peaks looming above the water. Not far off, a bull elk bugles, projecting his call down into the river valley. This landscape attracts outdoorsmen from all over, and guide Brandon Bertagnole, a certified casting instructor with the Federation of Fly Fishers, helps them get the most out of every adventure. He takes fly fishermen out on trips to the Green and Provo Rivers, where trout hold in the cool, rock-strewn currents to await their next meal. For hunters, Brandon has access to an 8,900-acre private ranch. Trophy mule deer, elk, and moose roam habitats from wetlands to mountain shrub, which also give cover to pheasant for upland bird hunting. To facilitate each guided outing, Park City Outfitters' two-bedroom condo in Snow Country Condominiums accommodates up to six human guests or two elk in people clothing.