Human fireworks? You need to get to UOP this summer
You may have visited the Utah Olympic Park during the winter months where there is a huge range of activities to see and do. However, the summer months rival the winter for providing way more fun and adventure for the whole family.
This summer, for the first time, you will be able to take the challenge of the New Adventure and High Ropes courses. Expected to open in mid-May 2013, you will be able to experience three different courses. The Nordic Adventure course is a course that is designed to challenge the Park’s youngest adventurers. The Trackside Low Course is an intermediate-level course designed to test all ages and abilities with log traverses, swinging elements, and problem-solving features. For those who are up for the biggest challenge of all you can tackle the advanced Trackside High Course, designed to test even the strongest athletes with wire traverses, swinging elements, and problem-solving features. You should be prepared to be at heights up to 55 feet in the air where your strength, agility, balance, and coordination will be tested. Sounds like fun!
After the ropes courses you can give the adrenalin another work out with the world's steepest, 377-foot-long Extreme Zip Line course that ends with a 65 foot Drop Tower – that’s right, step off the platform for a 65-foot free fall to get back to the ground! Not for the light hearted.
Apart from the new adventure park and zip line the UOP is a training ground to many current and aspiring winter Olympians year round. This means that even when the snow has long melted these dedicated individuals are still training.
Many freestyle aerialists train throughout the summer in the splash pool, working on their maneuvers for the upcoming winter season. The sliding athletes in bobsled, luge and skeleton make multiple trips to the Park for training and competition. The U.S. Nordic ski jumpers regularly train on the Nordic hills.
Just give the UOP a call in advance on 435.658.4200 and you can find out the current training schedule – best of all watching athletes train is FREE!
Lastly, if you happen to be visiting on a Sunday make sure you catch the Flying Ace All Star Freestyle show – a 30-minute freestyle aerial show held every summer Sunday at 1 p.m. beginning in June 2013. This is a choreographed show with music that will leave you breathless as skiers and snowboarders soar up to 60 feet in the air and perform acrobatic feats before landing in the splash pool. It has been described by some as a human firework display!
The UOP really is a summer destination that has something for every member of your family to enjoy. It is a great day out, so make sure a visit to the UOP is on your ‘must do’ list when in Park City this summer.
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