Pros: New quads, beautiful setting.
Cons: Slow lifts, but getting better. Hard to get to some terrain.
I skied solitude 2/09. The experience overall was good. No fresh snow the week I was there though, but nice blue skies and warm temps made it good if not great. I am an expert skier and prefer off piste type terrain. At Solitude, this more or less means Honeycomb canyon. Getting there is an adventure. From the main base area (not village), you go up a lift, down to the other side, up another chair, then off to the Summit Chair. Unfortunately, the Summit chair is an old 2 seat fixed grip and slow. Not to mention quite long. But once you're in the canyon the terrain is amazing. Lots of great steep lines all over. Because it's hard to get to and you can't see it from the main mountain area, there is snow that stays. I found knee deep well over a week past the last storm. After the initial bowl however is a very long run out that is largely uninteresting. From that you catch the Honeycomb Return, a new fixed grip quad and come back to the main mountain area. Repeat back down, 2 lifts up, etc. The bad part is you can't really make laps on the good stuff.
Good news is that the rest of the lift system was actually quite good. You can get to most places via high speed quads now. They have the RFID chip system like Alta that makes a lot of sense. FIS and some other groomed or partially groomed expert terrain is seriously steep. Intermediates and strong beginners would have a great time just skiing off the Moonbeam Express all day. To be fair, there were some bowl type areas on the front side, but when I was there they were all skied out and even icy at least in the mornings. Experts will not get bored here by any means.
There are two base areas, the first is the main area with a cafeteria, bar, and brown bag lunch area. All nice and fairly new looking. Prices not too bad on food for a ski resort. Modern. Next down the road is the village area. I poked around here a bit and it appears to have nicer restaurants, and lots of slopeside lodging.
The mountain is most of the way up Big Cottonwood Canyon, right before Brighton. Beautiful drive, and not too far from Salt Lake City. I would rate the snow as better than the Park City areas on the other side as they just plain get more. But they don't have the cute town like Park City or the rest of the amenities like fancy places to eat, Starbucks, etc. Best deal by far is to stay in SLC and drive or take the bus where you want to go skiing.
Compared to the Little Cottonwood Canyon resorts, I would rate this as more accessible than Alta or Snowbird. By that I mean I felt in a day I had skied most things in one day that I wanted to. Couldn't really say that for Alta-bird. If I stuck to the greens or blues however, I think you would have a better time at Solitude. There is a large chunk of the mountain that is very easily conquered by intermediate skiers.
Overall, for what I like, which is wide open bowls and interesting terrain, I would stick to the Little Cottonwood Canyon areas. As stated, this does exist at Solitude, but it's a pain to get to and get out of. At Alta, I can make laps from the Sugarloaf chair or top of Collins to mid and never get a run that I don't want to ski on