Following In The Tracks of Olympians at Soldier Hollow
on January 26, 2012
Olympic Gold Medalist Bill Demong, U.S. Ski Team member Bryan Fletcher, and Olympian Jeremy Teela often train out at Soldier Hollow.
Nestled in the rolling hillside terrain between Midway and Deer Creek reservoir, Soldier Hollow is one of the legacy Olympic venues left to us from the 2002 Winter Games that is currently enjoyed by both recreational skiers and past and future Olympians. It doesn't seem too long ago that I was out there in the bleachers, listening to the chants of the Norwegian fans (think Green Bay Packers Cheeseheads, but wearing blue and red Norwegian sweaters and viking helmets) ringing cowbells and cheering for their athletes. On a typical day, it's a lot quieter out there. A peaceful place to get your nordic skiing on, and ski on world class tracks for both skating and classic techniques. There are also dedicated snowshoeing trails, a fully-stocked rental shop, and a nordic ski school. Check out their site for all their programs.
Like other Olympic venues here in Utah, the long term future of these facilities existing for continued public use has been based on broadening their appeal and offerings, and creative management. Soldier Hollow, for example, claims to have the longest tubing lanes in Utah on their tubing hill.
Odds are, if you go out to ski at Soldier Hollow, you are going to bump into U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Biathlon members who use the facility as home base for their training. You might just bump into a Gold Medalist.