Utah Olympic Park | Toddler Style | Adventurin'

Utah Olympic Park | Toddler Style | Adventurin'

When we went to Utah's Olympic Park we had 3 moms and all our kids with us. We arrived in town just before closing the night before and were able to check things out and quickly realized that there was nothing the really little ones under the age of 3 could do other than the free stuff. It would be best to just not even bring them if you want to be able to participate yourself and if that is an option for your family. Thus when we returned the next day to explore all the attractions we ended up leaving the 3 small babies (those under age 3) with Harmony to explore other parts of Park City. My newest one was only 5 weeks old though, so she ended up needing to come with mom to the park. That left us with two adults, one newborn, three toddlers ages 3-6, and four big kids ages 7-11.

The 3-year-old could only do the Alpine Slide as a rider. Thus we suggest you skip getting 3-4 year old a pass and just pay the $5 for an Alpine Slide passenger. They can use their receipt to ride the largest chair lift up the mountain to the start of the slide where the free Mountain Challenge is and everything else they can do is already free.

The 5-year-olds could do the Alpine Slide as riders, the Discovery Adventure Course with a parent helping them and the smallest summer tubing hill. A ride pass on the Alpine Slide is only $5, the Discovery Course and the small tubing hill are both $15. To pay individually that brings your total to $35 for kids ages 5-7. A child gold pass is $40-$50, so it would only be worth it if you plan to do the activities more than once during the day. We just did each one once and then played in the free areas the remainder of the day while the older ones did the bigger activities.

So we decided to hit the Alpine Slide first thing before the lines got too long, then the Discovery Adventure Course and small tubing hill all together, then split up for the remainder of the day. One adult took the big kids (ages 7 or older and more than 45 pounds) to do the other adventure courses, larger tubing hills, ziplines and drop tower and the other adult took the little ones (ages 3-6) and did some of the free activities around the park.

TIP: Have one adult/teenager per child under age 7.

We thought we had a pretty great plan; we got in line at the Alpine Slide Chairlift and waited to ride up. Stephanie took the youngest one up with her and we paired each of the 5-year-olds with a big kid and sent them up the mountain with the intention of them riding back down on the slide with the same person they were on the chairlift with. I stayed at the front of the line with the baby so that when they got back we could baby swap and not have to wait in line again while I took a quick turn on the slide. Stephanie came down first with her little one and then the three oldest came down on their own... apparently the kids can drive on their own, but aren't allowed to have a passenger (you must be 13 to accompany someone down and our oldest that we were planning on having ride with his brother was only 11). Plus, my 7-year-old who was tall enough according to the height chart at the bottom to ride, but was told that she looked too small and they held her back too. So now both adults are at the bottom of the mountain and three of our kids are stuck at the top and can't get down without an adult to drive them. So I grabbed the two oldest boys to help watch little ones at the top while I brought them down one-by-one, passed off the baby and headed up. When I got up there thank goodness there were two extremely kind individuals who were sweet enough to let our kids ride with them so we were able to all make it down in one trip, they just got to make memories with a stranger rather than with me :)

When we arrived at the bottom however, Stephanie was being reprimanded for me taking the older boys up with me. Apparently you can baby swap at the front of the line, but can't pull someone in with you like they do at Disneyland. No one really bothered to mention anything at the time and happily loaded us all onto the chair lift so we assumed it was fine and I really didn't want to leave my little ones unattended at the top while I slowly brought them all down, so I didn't think anything about it. But basically we learned that you really need one adult per every kid age 3-7 (or 6 if your kids aren't tiny like mine) in order to do the Alpine Slide.

TIP: Bring a baby carrier for kids under 3.

Next we went over to the Discovery Adventure Course and let all the kids age 5 and up go through the course with Stephanie while I waited with the baby and the 3-year-old. He played on the Discovery Zone Playground while I fed baby then we decided to ride the smaller chairlift up to the parking lot to get our picnic lunch from the car. The lot is not too far away, but they do have a shuttle that runs from the big chair lift and discovery area up to the museums and parking lot. You can also take the smaller free chair lift, which I figured my 3-year-old would enjoy.

I was wearing the baby in my Maya Wrap and the three of us went to get in line where we were informed that you are only allowed to ride up the mountain with two people in each chair and that my tiny 5-week-old baby counted as a person. In other words I couldn't ride with my 3-year-old while baby wearing my newborn. (If it had been winter maybe I could have thrown on a sweatshirt over her and pretended she was still inside of me and then it would have been fine :) I was informed that little ones have to be strapped to an adult in a baby carrier and can't sit on the seat (even if they are almost 3 years old... they were strict about that rule!) but that they do count as a person and you can't have more than 2 people on a chair lift together. So we were going to have to hike up the hill on foot or wait for the next shuttle with the now hot and hungry toddler, when another stranger came to my rescue and politely sat with my little guy on the ride up. Thank goodness for kind people! But since most of us moms would rather not have to send their little toddlers up a mountain with a stranger... avoid our mistakes and again refer to our first tip!

The youngest in our group to do the adventure course was actually just turning 5-years-old that day and was barely the required 35 pounds. He loves to climb all over things around our house, but doesn't like to be pushed high on a swing or anything. So I knew he'd love the climbing aspect, but I was a little worried about how he would handle the heights, but he did fine. I think that the harness and all the ropes they have to hold onto helped him feel more secure because other than needing an adult, or a big brother, next to him to help him reach up and pull the tether from one platform to the next he was able to make it all the way through just fine on his own. 

Which of course made him feel awesome about himself, which as a mom was so great to see! They did tell us that if the kids do fall or can't make it over an obstacle the course is set up to where their helper (parent, friend, sibling) that is next to them can just go out and help them zipline over that section. So don't worry about they getting scared or stuck, it is amazing for the kids and the parents to see them accomplish the entire course and realize they can do it!

After we got lunch we all met up for a small picnic we let the little ones watch their siblings on the small tubing hill which had no wait and then split up for the rest of the day. The kids under age 6 did some of the free activities we found and the big ones over age 7 got to try some of the bigger attractions. I loved getting to share the amazing experiences at the park with my littles ones and normally don't mind taking my 5 kids out to places on my own. However, I learned that this is one place where even though behavior wise the kids did great and were perfectly manageable, I strongly suggest you bring back up and have enough helpers that you can pair someone over age 13 with each kid under age 7. We could have done a lot more with our time and things would have run much smoother because unlike an amusement park ride the start of the ride and the end of the ride are usually no where near each other and baby trading was time consuming and much more stressful than other places we've been.

Melinda

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Scenic Chairlift Ride

Ability Level All

  • It is recommended that riders be at least age 3.
  • Infant carriers are required for children under the age of 3.
  • It is recommended that children are accompanied by an adult.

Museums at Utah Olympic Park

Free for All Ages

Athlete Training at the Park

Free for spectators

Alpine Slide

Ability Level All

  • *Passenger: Must be at least age 3 and under 48" tall. Must be accompanied by a driver age 13 or older.
  • Ability LevelAll
  • Driver: Must be at least 48" tall.
  • Passenger: Must be at least age 3 and under 48" tall. Must be accompanied by a driver age 13 or older.
  • No open-toe shoes or shoes without heel straps. No handheld objects. Secure loose clothing, hats, hair, and personal articles.
  • This activity is not recommended for guests who are pregnant or for those with high blood pressure; back, neck, or bone injury; heart conditions; recent surgery; or any physical or mental ailment.
  • Dress comfortably, hiking/tennis shoes recommended.

Extreme Summer Tubing

Ability Level All

  • Rules + Requirements:
  • Age Requirements: 5+ on the K40 | 10+ on the K64 | 13+ on the K90.
  • All participants will be required to ride the K64 first before progressing to the K90
  • Helmets required and will be provided
  • No open-toe shoes or shoes without heels straps.
  • No handheld objects such as cameras, video cameras, phones, etc.
  • All participants must fit properly when seated in the inner tube with bottom reaching the seat base.
  • For your safety and that of others:
  • Extreme tubing is a high-speed activity that takes place in an inner tube on the K90 and K64 Nordic Ski Jump landing hills. The landing hills are made of a synthetic plastic material, which can cause cuts, abrasions and burns when exposed skin comes into contact.
  • Participants must secure loose clothing, hats, hair and personal belongings.
  • Participants are advised to keep both hands on the tube handles at all times and must remain seated in the tube until stopped. Once stopped, participants much exit tube and carry it to the side of the outrun.
  • This activity is not recommended for guests who are pregnant or for those with high blood pressure; back, neck, or bone injury; heart conditions; recent surgery; or any physical or mental ailment.
  • Reckless participation may result in injury.

Extreme ZipLine

Ability Level All
AgeAll (See Rules + Safety Below)
  • Participants must weigh between 100 - 275 lbs.
  • Shoes without heel straps must be removed and secured. No handheld objects. Secure loose clothing, hats, hair, and personal articles.
  • This activity is not recommended for guests who are pregnant or for those with high blood pressure; back, neck, or bone injury; heart conditions; recent surgery; or any physical or mental ailment.

Freestyle Zipline

Ability Level All
Age All (See Rules + Safety Below)

  • Participants must weigh between 50 - 275 lbs.
  • The Freestyle Zip is a high-speed cable ride that occurs at heights with a sudden abrupt landing.
  • Shoes without heel straps must be removed and secured. No handheld objects. Secure loose clothing, hats, hair, and personal articles.
  • This activity is not recommended for guests who are pregnant or for those with high blood pressure; back, neck, or bone injury; heart conditions; recent surgery; or any physical or mental ailment.

Drop Tower

Ability Level All
Age All

  • Participants must weigh a minimum of 45 lbs. and a maximum of 260 lbs.
  • Participants must be able to step off the 65-foot tower without assistance.
  • Adult participation recommended for youth ages 12 and under.
  • No open-toe shoes or shoes without heel straps. No handheld objects. Secure loose clothing, hats, hair, and personal articles.
  • This activity is not recommended for guests who are pregnant or for those with high blood pressure; back, neck, or bone injury; heart conditions; recent surgery; or any physical or mental ailment.

Discovery Adventure Course

Ability Level Beginner
Age 5+

  • UOP STRONGLY RECOMMENDS adult participation with those ages 7 + younger.
  • Participants must weigh a minimum of 35 lbs and a maximum of 215 lbs to participate.
  • Participants must be able to pull themselves back onto the element in case of a fall.
  • No open-toe shoes or shoes without heel straps. No handheld objects. Secure loose clothing, hats, hair, and personal articles.
  • This activity is not recommended for guests who are pregnant or for those with high blood pressure; back, neck, or bone injury; heart conditions; recent surgery; or any physical or mental ailment.

Canyon Adventure Course

Ability Level Intermediate
Age 7+

  • Ages: 7 & older. UOP STRONGLY RECOMMENDS adult participation with those ages 12 & younger.
  • Youth under 7 years of age MUST complete the Discovery Course and receive an Adventure Card from the course operator prior to attempting the Canyon Course.
  • Participants must weigh a minimum of 45 lbs and a maximum of 275 lbs.
  • Participants must be able to pull themselves back onto the element in case of a fall.
  • UOP strongly recommends that participants begin with the Discovery Course prior to attempting the Canyon Course.
  • No open-toe shoes or shoes without heel straps. No handheld objects. Secure loose clothing, hats, hair, and personal articles.
  • This activity is not recommended for guests who are pregnant or for those with high blood pressure; back, neck, or bone injury; heart conditions; recent surgery; or any physical or mental ailment.

Summit Adventure Course

Ability Level Advanced
Age 13+

  • Youth under 13 years of age MUST complete the Canyon Course and receive an Adventure Card from a course operator before progressing to the Summit Course.
  • Participants must weigh a minimum of 45 lbs and a maximum of 275 lbs.
  • Participants must be able to pull themselves back onto the element in the case of a fall.
  • UOP strongly recommends that ALL participants begin with the Canyon Course prior to attempting the Summit Course.
  • No open-toe shoes or shoes without heel straps. No handheld objects. Secure loose clothing, hats, hair, and personal articles.
  • This activity is not recommended for guests who are pregnant or for those with high blood pressure; back, neck, or bone injury; heart conditions; recent surgery; or any physical or mental ailment.

 

 

 

 

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