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Winter programs open at UOP

Utah Olympic Sport Clubs kick off another fun-filled winter with programs for all ages. Utah Olympic Park offers a multi-ski discipline program, Winter Explorers, as well as freestyle skiing, Nordic, and bobsled/skeleton programs coached by top-level athletes. Registration is available online and program spaces are limited.

Winter Explorers

The Winter Explorers program is unlike any other program in the Park City area. The program is geared toward skiers, ages 7 to 10, with intermediate skiing ability that desire to enhance their skills. Winter Explorers offers a variety of skiing disciplines with the goal of helping children develop all-around skiing skills on a variety of terrain and facilities at the Olympic Park. Participants will learn the basic skills in ski jumping, freeride skiing (terrain parks and jumps), freestyle mogul skiing and a focus on alpine skiing, including running gates.

"This program is really unique in that it allows participants to try out a variety of skiing disciplines, like Nordic ski jumping, that they might not be exposed to elsewhere" said Sport Program Manager Matt Terwillegar.

Park City Nordic Ski Club

The Park City Nordic Ski Club (PCNSC) continues to grow its membership base with the Kickers and Gliders program an entry level cross country program and new adult programming. The Kickers and Gliders program is designed for youth ages 7 to 10 with no prior ski experience necessary.

"Appreciation for endurance sports and a healthy lifestyle begins at a young age and is further emphasized when developed among a community of peers, PCNSC Program Manager Robert Lazzaroni said. "The Kickers and Gliders program does just that it provides the development of basic skills in a fun and encouraging environment to spark that lifelong love of Nordic skiing."

PCNSC has created some adult cross-country options that cater to both parents of the youths enrolled in the various winter programs as well as introducing new adults to cross-country skiing with the XC Adult (one and two days a week) programs as well as the XC Women Mid-day program.

"In addition to further creating a Nordic community through PCNSC, the great part about our adult programs is that all of the proceeds go toward supporting the PCNSC youth programs," said Lazzaroni.

FLY Freestyle

FLY Freestyle kicks off the winter season with one-, two- and four-day-a-week team programs for intermediate to advanced level athletes. The FLY Freestyle programs focus on developing freestyle and freeskiing skills with the youth participants in the Park City area.

"We have a great collection of top coaches and have recently added two-time Olympian, Jana Johnson to our full-time staff so we are very excited with the caliber of coaches we have this season," said co-program manager Tony Bushi.

FLY Freestyle programs progress to the competition level with the aerials, freeskiing and mogul competition teams for advanced athletes.

"The aerials comp team will be kicking off their season with their first competition in the middle of December," said co-program manager Sharlee Holland. "The team has a handful of new athletes that will be competing for the first time in the sport and we are looking forward to what the season brings!"

G-Force Bobsled and Skeleton

The Utah Olympic Park programs take to the ice with the G-Force Bobsled and Skeleton development program. G-Force is offering free bobsled (ages 16+) and skeleton (ages 14+) tryouts this winter on Nov. 8 and Dec. 27 in search for new athletes to prepare for the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer. Following tryouts, athletes will progress to a driving school or five-session intro skeleton program. There is no cost for the tryouts.

Registration is open and available online for all Utah Olympic Park winter sport programs. For more information on Utah Olympic Park Sport Club programs visit http://www.UtahOlympicLegacy.com .


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