Everything shakes as you crawl out of the cockpit. Whether you're driving or riding, a trip down the bobsled track at the Utah Olympic Park will be unlike anything you've ever done.
- Riders must be at least 16 years old with no back, neck or heart conditions. The ride can be quite aggressive.
- Daredevils can sign up for the skeleton driving school and dive in head-first.
- Make sure you spend some time touring the Alf Engen Ski Museum. Entrance is free.
It's real, it's dangerous and it's not a Disneyland ride. The Park City bobsled track at The Utah Olympic Park lets average visitors race up to 80 miles per hour and rip 5G’s of force. Sign up to have an experienced pilot navigate The Comet as you clutch the padded sides and brace yourself for the launch from the actual bobsled start used during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Or learn to drive your own sled in the G-Force Driving School. You get an hour of classroom instruction that includes a history of the sport, some entertaining video of early attempts at bobsledding, and scenes from the 2002 Olympics events at the Park; you walk the track with spikes on your shoes, noting critical spots to steer down or up, and then you push off with a brakeman. He's there to keep you as safe as possible but you'll still feel like you're flying solo.
The ride itself takes just less than a minute but you'll have stories to tell your friends for a lifetime.
The UOP is 28 miles east of downtown Salt Lake City. Take Exit 145 (Kimball Junction) onto Highway 224 toward Park City. Take the second right onto Olympic Parkway on the west side of 224. The entrance is about one mile up the Parkway.
The UOP is open daily, 10am - 6pm.
Admission is free but rides and guided tours do require advance reservations and separate payment. (435) 658-4200