Snow Day #1: Rocket Like an Olympian on a Bobsled
Utah Olympic Park
Park City, UT - More Details
For winter thrills sure to whip you through serious wind chills, zip down the same track used in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Of course, the Utah Olympic Park sums up their bobsled rides best (pictured above): "Race up to 80 miles per hour, experience five Gs of force, and the equivalent of a 40-story drop in just under a minute in a real bobsled." Riders must be at least 16 years old, and all rides are driven by an experienced pilot. If you want to go totally daredevil, attempt to hurl down the track at 50 mph on a skeleton sled (pictured lower). Reservations highly recommended for the 2014 season.
Whiteface Olympics Sports Complex
Lake Placid, NY - More Details
Head to the Olympic facilities within the Whiteface Lake Placid ski resort to bobsled, luge, or skeleton. Bobsled rides are usually available Wednesdays through Sundays, pending on calendar availability, as the complex occasionally hosts world championships. You also can bobsled in summer months, when the blades on the sleds are replaced with wheels. Minimum height for bobsledders is 48", with the youngest riders usually 10-12 years old. Reservations are recommended and require at least 48 hours advance notice.