Where to Play Like an Olympian in North America This Winter

Looking forward to the upcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang? Olympic fever is building for the XXIII Winter Games, taking place during February, 2018, in South Korea.

Can't be there in person? Here's where you can grab some vacation gold and win your own Olympics without leaving North America.

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Lake Placid, New York

Bobsled Experience at Whiteface Mountain Lake Placid
Whiteface Mountain

Lake Placid has hosted two Winter Olympics, in 1932 and in 1980, and the picture-postcard village in Upstate New York still offers plenty of Olympic fun for all ages. You can visit the Lake Placid Olympic Museum and the Herb Brooks Arena, home of the Miracle on Ice, where the underdog United States hockey team won gold against the favored Soviet team. But the greatest fun happens outside. Along with tobaggoning, ice skating, dog sledding, and both downhill and cross-country skiing, your family can try out some less common Olympics sports such as bobsled, skeleton, luge and biathlon at the Olympic Sports Complex at Whiteface Mountain.

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Whistler, British Columbia

Olympic Activities in Whistler British Columbia
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During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the Olympic Village and many venues were centered 77 miles north in Whistler. After grabbing your photo op in front of the Olympic rings in the village, you can go skating at the village rink and check out the Whistler Museum, which houses memorabilia from the games.

The Whistler-Blackcomb Ski Resort offers plenty of downhill skiing and snowboarding for the whole family. Meanwhile, at the wonderfully named Whistler Sliding Centre, thrill seekers can try the bobsled and skeleton.

Just south of town at the Whistler Olympic Park out in the beautiful Callaghan Valley. you can take a self-guided cross-country tour, go tobogganing and snowshoeing or try skate skiing, ski jumping, and biathlon.

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Olympic Park
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Salt Lake hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 2002, with venues scattered at various nearby locations including Park City and Provo. The Olympic spirit lives on here at attractions where you can skate on Olympic ice, take a luge ride, or watch future Olympic athletes in training.

In Salt Lake City, you can go ice skating or try curling on the Olympic Oval, where speed skating events were held in 2002.

In Park City, you can ski and snowboard at Park City Mountain and Deer Valley, where Olympic downhill and freestyle events were hosted in 2002. You can also try bobsled or luge at Utah Olympic Park, which has a Discovery Zone with a high ropes course, zip line, and snow tubing on the Nordic Jump's steep landing zone.

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Calgary, Alberta

XV Olympic Winter Games
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Though best known for its ranch culture and summertime stampede, the Canadian city of Calgary hosted the Winter Olympics in 1988. Since then Canada Winter Park has become a multi-purpose facility enjoyed by the public all year long. Some of the Olympic activities you can try at this impressive facility include downhill skiing, snowboarding, bobsled, luge, and ice skating.

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Squaw Valley, California

Olympic Sports You Can Try at Squaw Valley
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The 1960 Winter Olympics literally put Squaw Valley on the map. It was a plucky little ski resort near Lake Tahoe when it was chosen to host the winter games, and an Olympic village and sporting venues were constructed for the event. Today the charming resort is one of the best ski destinations in California. Along with an Olympic Museum, it offers downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating, as well as non-Olympics snowy activities such as snowshoeing, dog sledding and and snow tubing.

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Colorado Ski Country

Olympic Fun in Colorado
Colorado Ski Country

Colorado may not have hosted an Olympics, but ski resorts such as Copper Mountain and Aspen played a huge part in the lead-up to PyeongChang by hosting US Olympic qualifying events, and resorts in the state will celebrate the season with family-friendly Olympic-themed events including races, Olympiads, and lessons led by former Olympians.

Cooper will host two Olympic-themed family-friendly events this season. The Cooper Olympiad on Feb. 10, 2018 and the Lake County Olympics on Feb 20, 2018 will both be fun, laid-back events with fun games and races for everyone to enjoy.

Wolf Creek will host a Winter Olympic Fun Race on February 25, 2018. Skiers and boarders will be able to race for gold, silver and bronze medals in the modified giant slalom race. All ages and ability levels are welcome to participate.

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