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.
This was our first time we had been to Solider Hollow and I would definitely recommend it. It was a fun experience and the kids loved it! Buy your tickets ahead of time though as it can be busy at times. We went on a Sunday afternoon and it wasn't bad at all. We probably got 8-9 runs it and that was perfect for the two hour time frame. Also, my daughter had left her jacket in a tube so I called once we got home and they mailed it to us for free. That is great customer service!
I have been here mostly in the winter. I have gone tubing at least twice and both times were lots of fun. It was nice because we got a lift tag for a certain time frame. We could ride a tube up the lift during that time frame and ride down as many times as we could fit in that time frame. The slopes were fun and well maintained. I don't remember any problems with the staff but they helped keep it safe so people weren't bumping into each other. The central building was also nice and warm and had plenty of room to be with a group.
If you're into recreating famous sculptures in the snow this isnt the place to hone your craft. Kids with sleds and snowballs kept thinking my recreation of Laocoon and His Sons was just a fort, and kept attacking me and toying with my tools. Great if you're into sabotaging inventive art thought.
Really good place to learn skiing even during low season. The instructors are very patient and lovely and THEY MAKE THEIR OWN SNOW!! We also enjoyed tubbing but call ahead so you can book what you want.
I've seen the hill lit up from the highway several times over the years, but this was the first time I went tubing at Soldier Hollow!! It was a ton of fun and the kids loved it! Even our 3 year old niece wasn't afraid! Definitely recommended.