Our Salt Lake City Road Trip was not without its issues. But after lunch at chedda burger and visiting the Utah State Capitol Building it was back on track. At this point it was about 3 O’clock and we did had not heard from the vet, but we decided to take a trip slightly out of Salt Lake to Olympic Park.
Olympic Park was built for the 2002 Salt Lake City winter Olympics. Just driving up to Olympic Park is extremely beautiful. Located high up in the mountains near Park City Utah, it is surrounded by mountains and ski resorts. I am a huge olympics nerd. When the olympics are going it is all I watch (much to my wife’s annoyance), and the winter olympics are my favorite. Olympic Park hosted the Bobsled, Luge, Skeleton, ski jumping, and nordic combined events in the 2002 Olympics.
As I pulled into olympic the bobsled track was the first thing that caught my eye. The track itself is huge, and the banking on the turns were insane. I have no clue what would possess someone to decide to pursue a sled sport. Well I guess might try bobsledding if I were an olympic level sprinter, but at the Olympic trials I tripped, and bobsled was my last chance to get into the olympics. I also may try bobsledding if I was my island’s pushcart champion and I had a lucky egg. But I digress, what I am trying to say is the track was really awe inspiring.
The cool part about olympic park is everything it is free and open. Stephanie and I explored the area around the bobsled track and were able to get up close and take some pictures.
We then wandered over to the ski jumping area. Again, these things look much smaller on TV. It is massive.
Alf Engen Ski Museum
The Alf Engen Ski Museum is a museum build right in between the bobsled track and the ski jumping ramps. This museum depicts the evolution of competitive skiing. Unfortunately we did not get to look around too long, because as soon as we went in we got a call from the vet letting us know link was ready. We did take a quick look around before heading out. It looked like there were exhibits displaying how the equipment has changed as well as the ski wear.
Of course before we left I did have to jump in the bobsled on display and chant feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up it’s bobsled time!!!!
The museum looked like a really cool interactive place to wander and explore. Best of all it is free! I do wish I had more time to explore, but puppies come first.
Olympic Park and the Alf Engen Ski Museum are extremely cool free places to visit for any olympic fan or winter sports enthusiast. It allows you to get up close and personal with sports to generally only see on TV. The interactive museum really preserves the history of the US ski program.