Soldier Hollow Cross Country Skiing Resort
Once the site of a small Native American encampment (and later, in the 1850's, a stopover for a group of Army surveyors), Soldier Hollow emerged from obscurity in the winter of 2002 as the immensely popular site of the Olympic cross country and biathlon events. Soldier Hollow also hosted the cross country skiing portions of Nordic Combined, and in March of 2002, held the cross country skiing and biathlon events for the Paralympics.
Having clearly established Soldier Hollow as a world acclaimed facility, the Olympics also provided Soldier Hollow with an infrastructure that could not only host future elite competitions such as National Championships and World Cups, but could also stage a wide range of events.
Since the closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics, Soldier Hollow has continued the legacy of ski racing and biathlon, playing host to the Under 23 World Championships in 2004 and U.S. Championships in 2005 and 2006.
Among the more unusual functions, Soldier Hollow has, since the Olympics, been the site of a Disney movie, staged the filming of national television commercials, hosted small, intimate work sessions by nationally prominent business and government leaders (including a break for a fun competition at the biathlon range), and many sports events, including the North American Unicycle Championships.
Soldier Hollow is also home to the Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championships, Intergalactic Tubing Championships, and Heber Valley Pow-Wow.
A wide range of events - youth and family friendly - is a hallmark of Soldier Hollow. It's all part of the Legacy.
While the actual activity is a blast, there were far too many people assigned to our 2 hour time slot. In the 2 hours we were there we were only able to get 6 runs in. If they reduced the number of people per time slot it would be a 5 star review. If you're going to have a reservation system in place, please don't saturate the time slot causing a 15 minute line to get to the top.
Don't waste your money going snow tubing here. The "magic carpet" is dangerous and slow. It's a rickety conveyor belt that they put together themselves and there is still a lot of difficult treading up icy snow hills. There is no direction on what to do when you get there. The employees were all rude teenagers. We ended up having to wait in line a second time because they didn't say our toddlers needed their own tubes until it was our turn. We only went down the hill once. The slope is solid ice and covered in chunks of ice that you get beaten against all the way down. We overheard a couple of the employees talking about how so many people were complaining about the painful ride that they were considering shutting down a couple of the tubing runs because they were so bad but they said they couldn't or they would have to give refunds and they are 100% against refunds.
Awesome place. Golf course during the summer and winter fun fun snow tubing and cross country skiing.
First of all we LOVED this place and frequently went over the years and what a joy it was for my kids. Oh how this has all gone “downhill” this winter literally for the worst! The business removed all tow cables that could quickly move people up the hill and running multiple lines. In it’s place is a standup conveyor belt. One word... SLOW!!!! Majority of people were actually walking up on the side to the top and beating us before we even made it half way up on the conveyor belt. Teenagers run the operations and they don’t care about service at all. Yes there are huge ice chunks on all the runs. My little girl took a hit underneath her tube and was limping badly after her last run. We spoke to the two boys at the bottom and they politely asked we submit our complaints at the front office. It wasn’t a complaint it was a request to clean the run! Tubes are sparse and get there early to find a tube because there aren’t enough for paying customers. Oh sure there are plenty of flat tubes after they’ve hit ice chunks. My response to all this is we loved Soldier Hollow tubing but after today we will not be back unless a lot of improvements are made. Thanks for all the memories before this horrible experience. I believe we will drive the extra 30 mins to Gorgoza Park. Best of luck!
Christmas Sleigh Ride with Rocky Mountain Outfitters was wonderful. Great Fun.