Once the site of a small Native American encampment (and later, in the 1850’s, a stopover for a group of Army surveyors), Soldier Hollow emerged from obscurity in the winter of 2002 as the immensely popular site of the Olympic cross country and biathlon events. Soldier Hollow also hosted the cross country skiing portions of Nordic Combined, and in March of 2002, held the cross country skiing and biathlon events for the Paralympics.
Having clearly established Soldier Hollow as a world acclaimed facility, the Olympics also provided Soldier Hollow with an infrastructure that could not only host future elite competitions such as National Championships and World Cups, but could also stage a wide range of events.
Among the more unusual functions, Soldier Hollow has, since the Olympics, been the site of a Disney movie, staged the filming of national television commercials, hosted small, intimate work sessions by nationally prominent business and government leaders (including a break for a fun competition at the biathlon range), and many sporting events, including the North American Unicycle Championships.
Soldier Hollow has also been home to the Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championships, Intergalactic Tubing Championships and Heber Valley Pow-Wow.
Soldier Hollow is believed to be the only self-supporting Olympic venue in the world and pays lease concession fees to the State of Utah through Wasatch Mountain State Park as part of its on-going year-round operations.