Utah Olympic Park introduces new activities
Ryan Summerlin May 14, 2013
The Utah Olympic Park has been preparing for its upcoming summer season. Scheduled to open on Saturday, May 18 the Olympic Park’s summer season will offer a dozen activities including the signature summer Comet Bobsled, three new adventure courses and a new activity called Drop Tower, as well as guest favorites, zip lines and alpine slide.
Completed late in summer 2012, the Olympic Park is excited to introduce three new adventure courses and Drop Tower activity to Utah residents. Popular amongst East coast resorts and attractions, adventure courses have evolved beyond basic ropes courses into modern, sophisticated activities with heights between 25 and 75 feet and multi-faceted problem-solving features.
The Olympic Park built the three adventure courses with progression in mind, each of increasing ability level. The courses, listed easiest to most challenging, include: Discovery, Canyon and Summit. The courses vary in height from 12 feet to up to 60 feet above ground. Guests are encouraged to progress through the course options in order of difficulty to build skills, technique and confidence
One of the highlights of the new adventure activities is called the ‘Drop Tower’. As the name implies, the Drop Tower features a 65-foot simulated "free fall" drop from a platform reached by a 377 foot zip line. The thrill of stepping off the platform is unmatched for both its mental and physical challenge. The adventure activities are designed for ages five and older. Specific information on participant age, weight, and physical requirements is available online.
To encourage visitors to try the new adventure course activities, the Olympic Park is introducing the new Adventure Pass priced at $40 per person. The Adventure Pass offers guests the choice of three of the following activities: Summit Course, Canyon Course, Discovery Course or Drop Tower plus unlimited rides on the scenic chairlift.
With the increase in activities, the Olympic Park is also introducing summer season passes for adults and youth ages six to 12. Priced so that the pass pays for itself in three visits, the Olympic Park is targeting families planning on multiple visits and residents with visiting friends and family to the state. The adult season pass is priced at $200 and the youth pass is $100 valid for the entire 2013 summer season.
For day visitors, the Olympic Park offers three levels of passes: Gold, Silver and Bronze. The Gold Day Pass is the most flexible pass and includes unlimited rides on all activities at the Park including two zip lines, alpine slide, three adventures courses, Drop Tower, GPS Adventures, and scenic chairlift rides. The Gold Pass does not include bobsled rides, guided tours and freestyle shows. The adult Gold Pass is priced at $65 per person and youth Gold Pass for ages six to 12 is priced at $40 per person.
The Silver Day Pass includes single use on the Extreme zip line, alpine slide, Drop Tower and unlimited rides on the scenic chairlift. The Silver Pass is priced at $45 per person. For those with only a few hours at the Park, the Bronze Day Pass offers guests the choice of two of the following activities: Freestyle zip line, alpine slide, GPS adventure, Discovery Adventure Course or Canyon Adventure Course plus unlimited rides on the scenic chairlift. The Bronze Pass is priced at $25 per person.
The new Junior Olympian Pass is designed for youth ages five to nine. The pass includes one alpine slide passenger ride, one use on the Discovery Adventure Course and unlimited scenic chairlift rides when accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Junior Olympian Pass is priced at $15 per child.
With the purchase of any of the above season or day passes, guests can add the Comet bobsled ride for $60 and enjoy a savings of 20% off. The regular rate for the bobsled ride is $75 per person. Visitors to the Park will also be able to purchase select passes through concierge and guest services at participating lodging partners in Park City and online at UtahOlympicLegacy.com.
The signature Flying Ace All-Stars Freestyle Aerial Show presented by Montage Deer Valley returns this summer on a new day of the week. The very popular half hour big air performances are scheduled at 1:00 P.M. on Sundays from June 9 to Sept. 1, 2013. The performances feature former and current Olympians and elite athletes showcasing freestyle aerial talent. The athletes jump using the pool ramps and soar up to 60 feet in the air and land in the specially designed Olympic splash pool. Tickets for the show are $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages three to 12 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children under the age of two are free.
The 2013 summer season starts with a weekend-only schedule from May 18 through June 2 with hours of operations from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The facility will also be open for Memorial Day. The Olympic Park moves to a daily schedule starting on June 8 with daily operations through Sept. 2. The activities at the Olympic Park, Joe Quinney Welcome Center, Alf Engen Ski Museum and Eccles 2002 Winter Olympic Games Museum will be open from 10 a.m.. to 6 p.m. for the regular summer season.