Adventure Activities in Park City -- Try if You Dare

by Kirsten Sparks, an AOL Travel ContributorPosted Sep 18th 2010 02:15 PM

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Park City, Utah, is known for its serene beauty, elegant hotels and spas, and great outdoor activities. You can hike, mountain bike, ski, or relax while taking in the beautiful mountain scenery.

But, what if you are looking for some rip-roaring, heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping thrill rides that leave you screaming for more? Look no further; Park City has it all. Read on to see the top five thrilling adventure activities in Park City we dare you to try.

1. Get the Olympic experience


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to bobsled at 70 mph, to fly off of a ski jump twisting in the air, or to rocket down a skeleton track? Well, you can try all this and more at the Utah Olympic Park. First built to host the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, the park features state-of-the-art bobsled and luge tracks as well as ski jumps. And, they are open to the public!

On your next Park City adventure, you can scream down a bobsled track in a four-person bobsled with a trained pilot while 5 Gs of force press down on you, fly off of a ski jump and land in a swimming pool, or ride the luge tracks alpine-slide style. While you're here, you might want to try out the park's zip line, Olympic and ski museums, and gift shop.

www.olyparks.com/uop/index.asp
Location: 3419 Olympic Parkway
435-658-4200

2. Scuba dive in a crater


Would you scuba dive into the crater of a natural hot spring? You can at the Homestead Resort in Midway, Utah. Dive into a hot spring to depths of 65 feet inside a crater encased in a rock dome. You won't need a wet suit in these waters; they are thermal heated to a comfy temperature of 96 degrees. During your dive, you can take in the stunning rock formations on the crater walls built from mineral deposits. This is a thrill you won't want to miss. The Homestead resort offers scuba classes and scuba gear rental.

www.homesteadresort.com/
Location: 700 North Homestead Dr., Midway,
888-327-7220

3. Gaze on the scenery -- from above


Have you ever watched the sun rise from 1,000 feet in the air? You can. Hang suspended from a hot air balloon as you take in the stunning beauty of sunrise over the breathtaking Wasatch Mountains. Stick around to soar past high mountain valleys, wildlife and more. Once you land, celebrate your journey with champagne. Park City Balloon Adventures will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the launch site. A one-hour sunrise adventure is $200. Group rates are available for six or more.

www.pcballoonadventures.com/
800-396-8787

4. Go on a treasure hunt


Do you love the thrill of a chase, finding clues and solving brain-bending puzzles to beat the competition? If yes, then you may not want to miss this adrenaline-pumping adventure activity in Park City. All Season's Adventures offers geo caching treasure hunt races through the historic Park City or the surrounding mountains where you will battle it out.

Equipped with a GPS, you and your team will race to find hidden clues among either the city streets or the mountain slopes only to encounter puzzles and other tasks that give you your next location. If you wish, All Season's Adventures will even tailor your race specifically to your group's interests. You'll jump fences, ford streams, climb rocks, run, scream, crawl, and maybe even cry to reach the finish line first. Plan two-three hours for your adventure. It's $80 per person; with an eight-person minimum.

www.allseasonsadventures.com/geo_caching_summer.htm
435-649-9619

5. Ski on virgin powder


You have heard of Utah's sweet powder snow. But, have you ever laid down ski tracks on a mountainside of virgin powder? That's right. No lift lines, no groomers; just you and the mountain. Wasatch Powderbirds offers all this and more in the ultimate ski adventure. Taking off from The Canyon ski resort, first take in the breathtaking views of the stunning Wasatch mountains before accessing exclusive backcountry powder skiing.
You will be dropped off on mountain peaks and guided through the untracked Utah powder snow down peaks, dodging avalanches, and through valleys by one of the Powderbirds highly trained sky guides. The Powderbird package also includes VIP valet parking at the Sundial Lodge and breakfast and lunch served by the Alpine House. Regular-season rate is $1,050 a person and low-season rates (Dec.15-Jan. 9 and March 23-April15) are $910. Additional runs are available for $100. For a personal adventure or group, book your private-charter adventure for $5,000 per flight hour.

http://powderbird.com/adventures/utah
800-974-4354

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