Utah Olympic Park: Grand Opening Of The New Spencer F. Eccles Olympic Mountain Center!

Utah Olympic Park’s new terrain not only supplements training opportunities at area partner resorts, but also furnishes a home base for local ski teams, provides side-by-side training for developing and elite athletes, and opens opportunities for national and international teams to train and compete on an Olympic-caliber hill. A key initiative funded by the Eccles grant will be to attract and retain more non-traditional participants in alpine and freestyle skiing. With costs of these sport disciplines limiting its participants, the Legacy Foundation will now spearhead efforts to ensure that this barrier to entry is significantly reduced. 

First envisioned over two decades ago before the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games, the $23 million training and competition facility was spearheaded by the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation (UOLF), with significant funding from the state of Utah, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the University of Utah, Park City Ski & Snowboard, Rowmark Ski Academy, and numerous individual donors.

“The sense of collaboration is a hallmark for Utah and how we get things done,” said Colin Hilton, President and CEO of the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation. “People call it the Utah way. This is another example of how a vision requiring various groups to come together, pool our resources, and shed away the critiques who said, ‘You can’t do it, it’s too costly, it’s too complex.’ We kept talking, we kept figuring out how to get the resources to do it, and today marks another example of how we do things differently.”

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