Salt Lake Magazine UOP Coupon!

Our friends at Salt Lake Magazine have a great coupon for $5 off a summer ride package! Check this out:

It may still feel like summer, but it’s almost time to send the kiddos back to school.

Now’s the time to fit in all those last minute to-do’s and play dates and the Utah Olympic Park in PC wants to help out.

Print out the coupon (click here) and experience the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics for yourself.

Zoom down the Bobsled, Zipline, or Quicksilver to cure your need for speed.

The deets:

Bronze Package – 1 Ultra Zipline, 1 Quicksilver.

Silver Package – 1 Xtreme Zipline & 1 Ultra Zipline, 1 Quicksilver.

Gold Package – 1 Comet Bobsled Ride, 1 Xtreme Zipline & 1 Ultra Zipline, 1 Quicksilver.

Offer valid summer 2010 season only.

Age and weight restrictions apply. Please check olyparks.com for restrictions, hours and possible closures/weather holds. OFFER NOT VALID ON SATURDAYS. One coupon per person accepted. Package activities cannot be split up or used by more than one person. Activities are weather dependent, may sell out and are subject to delay or cancellation without notice. Check olyparks.com or call 435.658.4200.

Click here to print off the coupon!

All rides closed for the season

Utah Olympic ParkAs of Monday, September 28th all summer ride operations at Utah Olympic Park are closed for the season. Xtreme zipline, Ultra zipline, Quicksilver alpine slide, and the Summer Comet bobsled will remain closed through the winter until next May. The end of summer operations always brings with it mixed emotions for park staff. The sadness of watching summer coworkers and friends take their leave is tempered by the relief most year-rounders experience knowing the big crowds and stressful days are once again behind them. Park Host, Bill Lesar says he’ll “miss the excitement of summer.” While fellow Host, Nancy Glagola is “looking forward to winter.” According to Host, Warren Allen, the end of summer ops always prompts the question: “Okay, what do we do now?”

Winter Comet bobsled rides are scheduled to begin in December. Reservations may be made starting in November by calling 435.658.4233.

WHAT THEY SAID: Surviving Park City in Summer

Utah Olympic ParkThe following is an excerpt from an article originally published at examiner.com:

You don’t have to wait for the snow to fly to have a thrill-filled vacation in Wasatch Mountain’s skiingmecca of Park City, Utah.

During the months when skiing and snowboarding aren’t options, the resorts adapt their winter venues for summer use. But don’t think trail-hiking and scenic rides on a chairlift. Think risk and danger and seeing your life flash before your eyes.

My initiation began at 9,000 feet on a five-mile mountain bike course down (and alas, up) the ski slopes. Then it was on to the “World’s Steepest Zipline,” where I hung on a wire and was pushed off from the top of the ski jump mountain on a 60- second, 2,300-foot screaming descent.

Next was the Alpine Slide, during which I maneuvered a sled along a 3,000-foot winding channel at roller-coaster speeds. And then came the adrenaline coup de grace when I careened down the concrete Olympic bobsled run at speeds over 70 miles an hour, mostly in awkward and unnatural positions. Yes, people actually pay $65 to $200 to take this sadistic plunge in summer on wheels and on ice in winter.

And to add a little excitement to an otherwise peaceful moment, I was riding on the all-metal chairlift above tree level for the luge run when it began to thunder and lightning. I drew the line on flying face-down on the bobsled run atop a minuscule sled called the “Skeleton.” I might have tried it, but I couldn’t get past the name.

Utah Olympic Park was the site of most of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and it’s where the U.S. Ski Team trains. Ski-jumpers as young as 6 years old soar hundreds of feet in the air and land on manicured grass surfaces in summer.

Click here to read the entire article.

The Canyons Utah Olympic Park Package

Sign-up for the ultimate Olympic experience in Park City when you select our exclusive Utah Olympic Park Package this summer. This special package includes lodging for two and 2 Silver Park Packages providing you one ride each on the Xtreme Zipline, Ultra Zipline and Quicksilver Alpine Slide. For more information on events / activities at the Utah Olympic Park visit their website: olyparks.com or call: (435)658-4200.

To book this package, call (866)604-4171 or book online by clicking HERE.

Available: May 23rd – September 27, 2009

Click here for more information.

WHAT THEY SAID: We Conquer The Mountain

Utah Olympic ParkWith a forecast of 90 degrees for Salt Lake City today, we jumped in the Jeep and headed up into the mountains seeking out lower temperatures at higher elevation. We found not only refreshingly cooler temperatures, but something totally unexpected: the Utah Olympic Park.

What could be more fun than stumbling on a terrific spot you didn’t even know existed? The Utah Olympic Park was one of the sites of the 2002 Winter Olympics, now an Olympic training center (for athletes and wannabes) and summer fun spot for non-athletes.

Aside from touring the inspiring museum, watching future olympians train, and hiking to the top of the mountain, we non-athletes can enjoy some thrills of our own: a 70 mph bobsled ride on a wheeled bobsled on the Olympic track, one of two lengths of ziplines, or the Alpine Slide.

Click HERE to read the original blog post.

WHAT THEY SAID: Happy 40th!

Utah Olympic ParkClick HERE for the original blog post.

“Several weeks ago I got a postcard in the mail from a hotel with all of their specials and package deals and there was a package with a night’s stay and tickets to the Utah Olympic Park zip line and alpine slide. The next day I was talking to my sister-in-law and she told me that she wanted to do something really great for her 40th Birthday. I asked her if she liked the idea of spending her birthday zipping down a mountain side, and she loved it, so we booked it!

Friday we got up and had breakfast then set off for the Utah Olympic Park. Wow, what a great place! They have several mock ski jumps where people ski down a slope, twist and turn in the air then land in a bubbling pool of water. We sat and watched several amazing jumps! We were also able to see the Nordic Ski Jumpers practice and, holy cow! These were 14-19 year old kids, flying off these jumps at 70+ miles per hour then landing and gliding to a stop. They practice in the off season to fine tune their skills for the real thing.

Afterwards, we took the ski lift up to the zip line. They strapped us into these harness type slings and then we went flying down the line! What a rush! We then took another ski lift up to the alpine slide and got to see the Nordic jumpers up close as we made our way up. The alpine slide was great with the breeze blowing and feeling carefree. We finished at the park with a cool Olympic museum featuring great pictures and artifacts from the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games. “