I should have just done it. I let fear get the better of me, and now I really regret not riding the Alpine Slide at the Utah Olympic Park. It is, after all, the longest slide in the United States. This is as close as I got to it:
What was I doing in Utah, you ask?
Last month I went to review the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. I was “on assignment” for The Vacation Gals. The car has great “road-tripability,” and you can read about my experience driving the new Santa Fe here.
While on our 200-mile test drive, we (me and my driving partner; Deb from Just Short of Crazy) were given the opportunity to stop at the Utah Olympic Park. The Alpine Slide is one of several thrill experiences offered, and apparently, the tamest of the bunch. I was thrown by how steep it looked from my perspective at the bottom. But look, even kids can ride it:
The Alpine Slide is similar in concept to the Luge. You sit in a sled, then set off on your choice of four narrow lanes. The journey takes you down 3,000 feet of banked turns and straight-aways. From what others told me, you control the speed with a central hand brake.
While there was a lot to DO at the Olympic Park, there was also a lot to SEE. I was part of a large crowd watching the daredevils at the Freestyle Training Pool. Fearless kids and adults alike took their pick from four slopes of varying lengths and angles to ski down, do a midair flip or two, and land into a swimming pool.
Inside the George Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games museum, the exhibits focus on the games themselves, which were based in nearby Salt Lake City. Park City itself hosted Nordic ski jumping, bobsled, skeleton, and Luge events. During those events, over 300,000 spectators visited the venue. I enjoyed peering into the display case of Olympic medals from the 1920’s through today, and seeing the huge animal puppets (bison, deer, horses, etc.) used during the “Land of Enchantment” program at the opening ceremonies.
I also carried the torch for the U.S. Women’s Outlet Shopping Team.
By the way, the World’s Steepest Zipline is another attraction at the Utah Olympic Park. Or so I hear.
3419 Olympic Parkway, Park City, UT 84098