[Park City has become a hub of interest for Olympic fans since hosting the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. The 2010 Winter Games are quickly approaching, and people of all ages can indulge their inner Olympian in Park City with snow-related activities open to the public of all ages and abilities. There are introductory courses in nearly all Olympic disciplines, and with January being National Learn a Snowsports Month, it's never been easier to train like a Gold Medalist.
Snowboarding: Learn to snowboard with professional instruction at The Canyons Resort. The Canyons' Burton Learn to Ride (LTR) program offers beginner-specific equipment and instruction to help novices easily carve down the mountain on the first day. Beginner snowboarders, ages 15 and up, receive a lift ticket, full-day lesson and equipment rental for $99. Lessons are available daily.
Snowboarding: Perfect your slalom turns with a lesson at Deer Valley Resort with the Mahre Training Center Ski Camp. This three-day session, conducted in part by Olympic medal winners Phil and Steve Mahre, provides skiing fundamentals for all ability levels. Participants ages 12 or older receive six hours of daily instruction by Deer Valley's top ski coaches, indoor sessions, and video analysis. The cost of the clinic is $712, including lift tickets, and runs Feb. 5-7. Additional specialty ski development lessons run through the winter.
Freestyle Snowboarding: Test your halfpipe and slopestyle skills with a freestyle snowboard lesson at Park City Mountain Resort. Adults ages 21 and older can learn the techniques of basic freestyle snowboarding through this three-day camp, taught by Park City Mountain Resort's terrain park coaches. The Learn to Freestyle Camp costs $495, including lift tickets, and runs Jan. 28-31. Individual and group freestyle single-day lessons are offered daily through the winter.
Adaptive Skiing and Snowboarding: The National Ability Center's ski and snowboard program provides outdoor recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. As one of the largest adaptive winter programs in the world, the National Ability Center's ski facility, located at Park City Mountain Resort, modifies traditional ski and snowboard equipment to assist individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities. Full-day and two-hour ski and snowboard lessons are available on a daily basis to students, and prices are based on a sliding scale.
Bobsledding: Feel the rush on The Comet bobsled ride as you speed down the 2002 Olympic ice track in a 4-person sled at the Utah Olympic Park. Open to the pubic, a trained pilot will drive three passengers, ages 16 and older, through 15 curves, reaching speeds up to 80mph and pulling nearly 5 Gs of force. Close to one minute in length, this ride is a glimpse into the life on an Olympic bobsled athlete. Bobsled rides are $200 per person. Dates and times vary but are usually offered Tuesday - Saturday.
Skeleton: Slide head-first down the Olympic track with the Utah Olympic Park's public skeleton ride. Receive instruction by the world's top skeleton coaches and before taking to the track individually. Participants ages 14 and older require no prior experience, and equipment is provided. Skeleton rides are $50 per person and are available on various Saturdays through March.
Luge: Youth, ages 9 to 13, can experience sliding feet-first down the 2002 Olympic track in an introductory luge program at the Utah Olympic Park. This single-day event offers participants two hours of ice time and up to four runs on the track. This Single Session Beginner Youth Luge program is a low-impact, investigative opportunity with a minimal time commitment. Athletes are instructed on the basics of controlling a luge sled, basic body position and driving tips. The youth luge program is offered at $50 per session various Saturdays through January.
Nordic Jumping: Learn to fly through the air with the VISA Learn to Ski Jump Camps, recommended for children ages 6-11. This two-hour, one-day session offers an introductory look for children interested in Nordic Jumping. Some basic alpine skiing skills are recommended, and equipment is provided with prior notice. Learn to Ski Jump Camps are $45 per session offered once a month through March.
Nordic Skiing: Learn the proper fundamentals of skate-skiing with the expert staff at White Pine Touring. This high-intensity sport combines agility and stamina to cover endless miles of groomed cross country ski trails in Park City. Adult and children skate skiing lessons are offered daily by White Pine Touring throughout the winter beginning at $80.
Curling: Participants of all ages can master the art of curling in two hours with Park City Ice Arena's Learn to Curl clinic. The $11 class includes equipment, practice time and games. Learn to Curl clinics are available on various Saturdays through April.
Ice Skating: Lace up a pair of figure or hockey skates and learn to glide over Park City's public ice skating rink. Participants may sign up for a Learn to Skate clinic or private lesson at the Park City Ice Arena and master basic skills such as stopping, staking backwards, crossovers, and more. Learn to Skate clinics are offered various Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through February.
Speed Skating & Hockey: Athletes who already participate in speed skating and ice hockey are encouraged to stop by the Park City Ice Arena for drop-in races and games, offered weekly throughout the winter.