Just after the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, visitors at the Utah Olympic Park started taking their own rides on the bobsled track, hitting G forces and speeds up to 80 mph with a certified driver. Next, you could sign up and learn to drive your own bobsled. Now, for the first time ever, thrill seekers have a chance to go head first down the Olympic track on a Skeleton Sled. U.S. Skeleton Team athlete, Cassie Revelli, along with the Utah Olympic Park Bobsled and Skeleton Program Directors, orientate sliders with Utah Olympic Park and track facts.
The introduction will give the general public a taste of the sport. Participants get a history of skeleton including an explanation of all the equipment with an emphasis on safety. Ravelli says she focuses on explaining and showing participants how to stop. That's a good thing to know when you then head up to the start.
After the first flurry of visitors had the opportunity to take part in the program during the holiday season, the buzz about the Skeleton Ride started in earnest. "They absolutely loved the ride! Some opted for a second run. Some said it was different than they expected and so much fun," Revelli said.
The $50 cost for the first run includes one ride from the tourist start and all equipment. No prior skeleton experience is necessary. Participants must be at least 5 feet tall and weigh 100+ pounds. Based on availability, sliders have the option of taking a second run for $25.
You'll get three dates in February and in March to try out the sport for yourself: February 13, 20, and 27; March 6, 13, and 20. If you absolutely can't get enough, the Park also hosts 3-hour introductory clinics for $150. This per person price includes track time, equipment, and coaching. Dates for the clinics are Jan. 30, March 3, March 10, March 13 and March 17. You must registrer 48 hours in advance of the clinic you want.
The Public Bobsled and Skeleton Rides are just two programs offered on the Utah Olympic Park track this winter. The Utah Athletic Foundation also provides learn to jump and freestyle clinics.
More information or call 435-658-4206.