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.
This season, the Utah Grizzlies, fearsome ECHL vets, take to the ice led by the slicing skates of captain Nick Tuzzolino, who, along with assistant captain Cody Lampl, helms the ruthless checks of the team's newly acquired defenseman. As the brawny lineup pressures the Condors' defenses, goalie Andrew Engelage attempts to keep pucks from sneaking into the net, which fills with monarch butterflies after every team victory. The Salt Lake Tribune analyzes coach Kevin Colley's new roster, musing, "more size and more talent…beyond just scoring more, the Grizzlies hope to flat-out intimidate opponents." Since 1994, the ECHL premier AA hockey team has sent 200 players up to the NHL, a statistic nearly as delectable as the fresh-cut shaved ice for sale rinkside.
The Junction City Roller Dolls—a four-team Women's Flat Track Derby Association league—whip fans into a frenzy, earning kudos from In This Week along the way. With playful costumes and sassy names, three local squads—the Trainwrecks, After Shocks, and Hilltop Aces—will turn the Davis Conference Center into a playground of rebel yells and impromptu games of Red Rover. Groupon holders can grab trackside seats to watch blockers, such as Dominique Trix, rattle rivals with fierce hip-checks and shiver-inducing laser vision, or point-scoring jammers, such as Malibu Harpy, weave through packs of oncoming skaters as they waggle their tongues at the opposing team.
SwimKids jumpstarts tykes' swimming strokes and socialization skills in classes conducted in an indoor pool heated to a balmy 90 degrees. The program traces its roots back to 1983, when Liz Walker sought out a class that could teach her own 18-month-old daughter to swim. Her search led her to a local swimming pool where tykes as young as 10 months were impressively proficient in the water. Liz studied their method and began teaching on her own, a profession she has continued to pursue for the past 30 years. Today, the enthusiastic instructors at SwimKids continue to get results, helping develop pool-ready skills in kids as young as 3 months old.
Named after Brigham Young University’s furry feline mascot, Cosmo’s Kids Club invites youths to experience the university’s athletic programs both on and off the field. A dozen game vouchers grant access to four football games and eight men’s basketball games, and a Cosmo T-shirt acts as a ticket to all other BYU sporting events. After games, members can hop onto the field of play to practice kicking penalty shots, shooting free throws, or measuring grass to be sure it’s regulation height. Kids up the ante at show-and-tell with stories from facility tours and meet and greets with BYU athletes. The club ensures at-home allegiance with posters, access to Cosmo’s website, and a monthly mailer from the mascot himself.
A minor-league affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Orem Owlz have been perennially dominant in the Pioneer League, winning the title in 2009, 2007, 2005, and 2004. Manager Tom Kotchman directs an athletically gifted roster. Watch the game from a premium seat, so close that you may hear infielders chattering and outfielders humming Norwegian folk songs. This deal also includes two hot dogs, the traditional meal of America's pastime, plus two sodas to wash down the delicious American morsels.