Utah Olympic Legacy
Utahns have long called the their snow The Greatest Snow on Earth®. The successful 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City reinforced that reputation when the games broadcast Utah's dynamic mountain ski resorts and renowned snow to a global audience.
Visitors to Utah can still explore Utah's Olympic Legacy at host venues and museums, and can skate the same record-setting ice at the Utah Olympic Oval, race the downhill at Snowbasin Ski Resort, cross-country ski the nordic track or test their skills on Park City-area resorts where moguls and slalom events were held. Learn more about how you can experience the best spots to get Olympic spirit
With each Olympic Games, Utah continues to shine on the biggest stage.
At the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, the first ever Olympic gold medal for slopestyle snowboarding went to Park City's Sage Kotsenburg.
Eleven other medals in Sochi went to athletes with Utah ties, including to skiers and snowboarders who perfected their aerials, twists and landings in Utah. A total of 55 athletes competing for the U.S. had ties to Utah, including those who live here, were educated here or called Utah home during their training. Based on ties to the state, the "country" of Utah alone achieved a top-10 finish in the medal count.
It is impossible not to get inspired watching premier athletes competing at the highest level. When you or your kids want to get involved in an Olympic winter sport, you'll want to plan a trip to Utah.
Make your Olympic-inspired dreams a reality in Utah. Learn how you and your family can get involved from the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation's president and CEO:
Best Spots to Get Olympic Spirit
The Olympic Medals Plaza in Salt Lake City. Photo: Steve Greenwood
Visitors can rip through the 15 turns of the Olympic bobseld track on the Comet Bobsled ride to experience 5Gs of force.
The Olympic Oval is a popular destination for local hockey leagues.
Watch from the sidelines as the skaters become blurs across the ice.
Utah Olympic Park
You’ll spy athletes training on the sliding track, Nordic ski jumps, a freestyle aerials winter training and competition hill, and the 750,000-gallon training pool.
Take a run on the Olympic bobsled track.
The Comet Bobsled Track lit up at night, and showing off its illuminated turns.
Need for Speed
Maybe speed skating is too fast for you? No matter. Watch from the sidelines as the skaters become blurs across the ice. There should be medals for watching without getting whiplash.
In addition to the Olympic Oval, check out Ogden's Ice Sheet, site of Olympic Curling events, which is a year-round community ice recreation center.
The Lodge at the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center in Midway. Photo: Gene Sweeney Jr.
A Taste of the Olympics
The 2002 Winter Games were held in Salt Lake City and the surrounding Wasatch Mountain communities, where the Olympic Legacy still thrives today. Want to relive an Olympic memory? You can ski the same slopes as Olympians, ride the bobsled track, skate in Olympic facilities and more:
Gold Medal Ski Experiences
You may not be able to grab a real gold medal, but you can still ski and ride the path of Olympians.
Ski City Quick Guide: Budget and Family
A trip to Ski City can satiate any skier's or snowboarder's bucket list. Best of all, it's family-friendly and budget-friendly.