Ski + Snowboard

Do-it-Yourself Olympic Winter Sports

by Sarah Tuff

It happens every four years. You know the drill. The Olympic Winter Games are on TV and you're on the couch, watching an athlete fly off a ski jump or rocket down the skeleton track. And you say, "I wish I could do that!" Or maybe, with braggadocio, "I could do that!" Well, now you can. At wintry spots across North America, average Joes can become Olympians for a day, a week, or eventually (with enough training) at the actual Olympic Winter Games. So whether you want to take aim at a biathlon target in Lake Tahoe or challenge your friends on a ski cross course in British Columbia, we've got the golden ticket. If nothing else, it'll get you off that couch.

Published February 2010. Pictured: Utah Olympic Park's bobsled track.

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