The Flying Aces' fabulous show

By Yeti Aug 11, 2015
Sometimes floating as high as 70 feet in the air, above the water, the Flying Aces are legit and shouldn't be missed.
The Flying Aces' fabulous show

By Harriet Wallis, the Geezer Gal: 

These daring athletes thrill audiences as they prepare for winter ski competitions. They slide down a steep incline at speeds up to 35 miles an hour, they launch off a ramp up to 70 feet in the air, and they land in a swimming pool. Their flips, twists, and turns are breath-taking and audiences hoot and holler and cheer them on. Sometimes with as many as 12 athletes are in the air at one time.

The Flying Ace team is made up of hand picked Olympians and champions from all over the country. They train at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City and perform their high flying stunts every Saturday and Sunday.

Weekend shows run through early September. It's a "must see" when you're in Park City.

But it's not just a performance. These athletes are in training for upcoming winter competitions. The brand new state-of-the art facility just opened in June and its high tech inclines and kicker ramps are designed to challenge the athletes' skills. A sprinkler system wets the synthetic snow surface for easy glide. Traditionally, only they high flying aerial skiers could train there, but the new high tech inclines are designed for the training of mogul skiers, freeskiers and others.

The bubbly pool gives a soft landing. It lets the skiers perfect their aerial stunts before they have to worry about landing on snow. But after the watery landing means they must swim to the side of the pool and get out -- while wearing ski clothes, skis and boots.

Flying Aces

Need another reason to check out The Utah Olympic Park, celebrate 100 days to winter, this Friday, August 14th. 

Harriet Wallis has been a ski writer, editor and photographer forever. She learned to ski on a dare when she was in her mid 30s and has been blabbing about it ever since. Read more from Harriet at Senior Skiing