Have you ever wondered what a 70 degree, Olympic used, ski pitch looks like? Now you can see one in person when you travel to Wasatch-Cache Nat. Forest in Utah, the site for many of the events held in the 2002 Olympics. Writer for the travel section of The Daily Herald, Reid Bramblett, explores the slopes in his article; Hold your own Olympics in Utah.
“When you’re standing at the top of it, a 70-degree ski pitch looks an awful lot like a vertical white cliff. I sneaked a glance at Nathan Rafferty, my guide from Ski Utah, who was contentedly looking out over the unbroken trees of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest surrounding Snowbasin. I could tell he loved to get out of the office.
We were standing atop 9,465-foot Allen’s Peak. The cliff beneath our skis was the start of Grizzly, the world-class run laid out for the men’s downhill event in the 2002 Olympics. It drops 2,900 vertical feet in less than two miles.
While the world’s greatest athletes are strutting their stuff over in Torino, Italy, you can test your own winter sports mettle skiing the pistes, boarding the half pipes and screaming down the bobsleigh run at the 2002 Olympic facilities in Utah.”