Utah Olympic Oval, Kearns.
Adults $4, children $2; skate rental $2.
7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, and noon to 2 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday.
Open year-round except May.
(801) 968-6825, www.saltlake2002.com
Want to know what it feels like to be America's latest skiing star
Daron Rahlves, one of the favorites to claim the downhill gold in
2002? If you're an advanced intermediate skier, simply take the
Snowbasin Resort lifts more than 9,000 feet above sea level to the
top of the Olympic downhill runs in the mountains northeast of Salt
Lake City and get busy.
The start shoots you into high gear and onto one of the two
separate but intertwined runs. It's steep - in some places about a
35-degree pitch. You'll encounter double fall lines that tend to
pull you off course and big-air hot spots. The course just keeps
going, and the bottom just keeps on dropping out from under you.
This is where Rahlves and other brave souls will compete in the
downhill, an event all about speed and daring; the super-G, a
shorter downhill with more gates; and an event that combines the
Imagine racing down that very same mountain, the way the pros do
it, at 70 miles per hour after it's been watered and iced. At that
speed, skis tend to take flight. Guess there's a good reason why
the nets along the course are 30 feet high.
Snowbasin Resort, Huntsville.
2001-2002 season ticket prices are $48 for adults, $23
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Season: November to April.
(801) 620-1000, www.snowbasin.com
Tuesday night at The Ice Sheet at Ogden, the Olympic curling venue,
is league night. And while club members compete, newcomers try
their hands at "throwing stones."