A unique educational experience awaits school groups visiting the Alf Engen Ski Museum at the Utah Olympic Park.
This excursion explores the wonders of skiing and science, the relationship between skiing and history, and the importance of skiing to the region's economic well-being.
Developed by educators, this dynamic, interactive program is founded in substantive learning activities that are aligned with the Fourth Grade Utah Core Curriculum. Well-versed museum docents convey the compelling messages via interactive computer programs and hands-on activities. Teacher-developed lesson plans and activities are designed to prepare your students for the field trip and provide a follow-up once they return to the classroom.
- Technology: How ski equipment design has changed over the years to keep up with technological and scientific advances
- Science: What the water cycle and climate change mean for Utah and its world-renowned snow
- History: How skiing's evolution has influenced the Intermountain Region and the world
- Economy: The growth of Park City from mining town to ski town
Please note: Because of the popularity of our field-trip program and its focus on fourth-grade curriculum, reservation priority is given to fourth grade classes. The Alf Engen Ski Museum will fund transportation costs for ONE bus per school. We host one field trip per week on either Wednesday OR Friday mornings. Please check the calendar for available dates.
- Field Trip Availability
- Field Trip Reservation
- Lesson Plans
We host one field trip per week on either Wednesday or Friday mornings. Please check the calendar to see available weeks before making a reservation.
Please check date availability on our calendar above and then complete the form below to experience the Alf Engen Ski Museum in person.
We are looking forward to your visit!
When do you offer field trips?
We only do ONE field trip per week, either on a Wednesday or Friday from 9:45am—12:30pm. Please check the tab with the Field Trip Availability calendar to ensure there isn’t another field trip booked the week you are interested in visiting.
What is the maximum number of students you can accommodate?
We like to keep our field trips at 50 students to ensure small group participation in a quality program. If you have multiple 4th grade classes that would exceed this capacity, you may book half the grade one week and the other half the next week!
What is the cost?
The field trip is FREE! We also provide funding for one bus, thanks to our sponsors—the Marriner S. Eccles Foundation and Summit County RAP Tax Grant.
Where will the field trip take place?
In the Alf Engen Ski Museum, students will rotate through information stations where they will learn about ski history, snow safety, Utah weather, the Winter Olympics, and how Park City transformed from a mining town to a ski resort town.
The students will also tour the Utah Olympic Park where they will see the bobsled track, ski jumps, and splash pool.
Where is the Utah Olympic Park?
The Utah Olympic Park is located about 30 minutes east of Salt Lake City and about 4 miles northwest of Park City.
Where will students be able to eat lunch?
Lunch can be eaten in the theater at the Alf Engen Ski Museum.
Are there lesson plans available to use before or after our visit?
Yes! We have a wide selection of pre and post-visit lesson plans. Some lesson plans can also be used anytime, whether you visit the Alf Engen Ski Museum for a field trip or not. Check out available lesson plans on the Lesson Plans tab.
The Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation provides educators with teacher-created lesson plans that support the Utah Fourth Grade Core Curriculum and pertain directly to your students' field trip experience at the museum. We encourage teachers to use these lessons prior to, and following, your museum visit.
View complete Field Trip Curriculum Book (19.4 MB)
- Field Trip Information
- Teacher's Background Guide to Different Kinds of Skiing
- Secrets (background reading for students)
- A Brief History of Skiing in Utah (Social Studies; Language Arts)
- Comparing the Lands (Social Studies, Math)
- Nordic Skiing (Language Arts)
- Fly Like An Eagle (Language Arts)
Pre- and Post-Visit Lessons
- Heroes and Legends (Language Arts)
- Creating a Legacy (Social Studies; Language Arts)
- Evolution of Grunge and Snowboarding (Language Arts)
- Utah Ski Resorts (Social Studies; Math)
- Alpine Racing (Language Arts)
- Location, Location, Location (Science)
- Be a Weather Forecaster (Science, Language Arts)
- Water Molecule Introduces the Water Cycle