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Solitude Mountain Resort

 

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Inn at Solitude

 

 

A luxurious, full-service hotel nestled right in the heart of the Solitude’s Village.  Amenities include pool, jacuzzi, dry sauna, spa and Club Solitude.

Extra person charges may apply

 

$269 and up

 

Powderhorn Lodge

 

 

 

Spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom condominiums located at Solitude’s iconic clock tow.er with access to Club Solitude.

 

 

Extra person charges may apply

 

 

$260 and up

 

 

Creekside

 

 

 

Creekside is a luxurious slope-side lodge with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom condominiums.  Guests have access to Club Solitude. 

 

 

Extra person charges may apply

 

 

$260 and up

 

 

       
       

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Solitude Mountain Resort
Description:

A long time favorite of Utah's local skiers, Solitude offers a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere. Solitude Mountain Resort is found at 8,000 feet in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The mountain sustains wide-open bowls, open glades and tight tree runs on the Canyon's 400 plus acres. With an average snowfall of 500 inches, and more than 1,200 acres, Solitude is great for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. The resort base area is a Pedestrian only European-style village, featuring fine and family dining, and year-round activities. For cross-country skiers, visit Solitude's Nordic Center, the Silver Lake Day Lodge. Skiers can enjoy more than 20 kilometers of forested trails prepared for both classical and skating. The Day Lodge offers ski rentals, lessons and snacks.

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DetailValue
Snow making percent
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad3
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Gondola
Lifts-Tram
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Funicular
Lifts-Other
Lifts-Total number of lifts8
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-1-Beginner20%
Trails-2-Intermediate50%
Trails-3-Advanced30%
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park
Trails-6-Half pipe
Trails-Total65
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run
General-Base elevation7988'
General-Vertical drop2047'
General-Owner
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds1200 acres
General-Snow making coverage150 acres
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

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

Posted

Pros: Great terrain with lots of variety for its size, not crowded, good value, beautiful scenery

Cons: none. Not a mega resort but that is what makes it unique.

Solitude is an excellent mid-size resort with a great variety of terrain you would not expect from a resort of its size.  Plenty of fun for advanced and expert skiers off the summit.  Honeycomb canyon has a great backcountry feel to it with a variety of lines to choose from.  We were there on a Sunday during spring break to get away from the Park City crowds and it was great; never a lift line; parking lot was half full.  It is a low-key resort with a nice mid-mountain restaurant where you dont have to wait for a table.  The automatic electronic ticket readers are great and efficient.  My 8yr old son was in ski school and loved it.  There were only 3 kids in his group and the instructor took them through many fun trails in the trees with bumps.  I would definitely recommend the kids ski school; smaller ski areas generally do a better job at it than the mega resorts.

 

It had snowed a day or two ago and it was still possible to find untracked snow without hiking in black diamond terrain.  The expert terrain does not get skied as much and as fast as at mega resorts.  Plenty of terrain to keep an expert happy for a few days if the snow is good.  Tickets were cheap compared to PCMR, Canyons and Deer Valley; a good value.

Posted

Pros: Good snow. Nice mix of terrain.

Cons: Lift layout. Short shots. Hard area to learn.

The coolest thing about Solitude is Fantasy Ridge. Its a very unique feature for this resort in UT and offers access to some great expert terrain. 

 

I think solitude is a great family hill with alot to offer mixed level groups. Other than that it skis alot like Alta both good and bad. It doesn't ski like a big mountain, the expert skiing at Solitude is more of a short shots with lots of fun and interesting places to explore. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted

Pros: Accessible, lots of terrain

Cons: some older & slower lifts, so... chill out!

I skied Solitude on a Saturday, was impressed that it was not crowded, except the main quad right after lunch. It was pretty warm that day.

 

Lots of terrain, especially off the Summit chair, which has great cliff views and serves some awesome terrain. They do a fair amount of avy control there. I never felt like I was at risk for an avalanche, but I didn't ski too much steep stuff. .

 

I skied the front of the mountain most the day and wished I had found the Summit chair sooner. They have intermediate terrain from the top and you can traverse into Honeycomb Canyon (or ski the groomed stuff) and have fun.

 

Heading up Big Cottonwood Canyon it's before Brighton. Cool place, reasonable rates for lift tickets and a great place on a weekend.

Posted

Pros: homey, intimate, well cared-for

Cons: VERY short ski lines/vertical

I'm sure the conditions (cold spring crud) had something to do with our experience -- but Solitude just didn't measure up to the other places -- Brighton, Alta, Snowbasin -- we skied.  Biggest complaint is lack of vertical and really poor lift layout.  It seemed like the longest sustained run one could get is about 700-800 vertical feet.  Lifts all over the place, but none that run uninterrupted to the top, so you're always getting on a lift, skiing to another, getting on a lift, etc. 

I really think the lift system is the single worst aspect of the mountain.  Snowbasin, for contrast, has LONG lifts that put you at the top and allow uninterrupted skiing to the bottom.  Solitude is the opposite. 
Honeycomb Canyon was in terrible shape when we were there, but again, lots of lifts to get there, then short vertical, then a long runout to multiple lifts. 

I think on powder days one might appreciate the emptiness of the place and not care about the choppiness of the experience, but if it's a cruising day I'd definitely go elsewhere.

Posted

Pros: great snow, small crowds, beautiful terrain

Cons: 2000 miles from home, inadequate lifts to upper mtn

I had never skied Solitude and Brighton in Utah's Big Cottonwood Canyon (BCC) until I spent one day at each about a month ago. The two ski areas actually border each other and together comprise over 2000 acres.  I had long been intrigued by their reputation compared to the more renowned Alta/Bird: same great Utah snow, similar terrain (on a slightly smaller scale), and lower crowd levels.  Those perceptions were reinforced by my visit, both ski areas impressed me with outstanding skiing/riding and beautiful scenery.  Solitude might be a particularly attractive spot for a multiday visit to BCC because of its cute, compact, self-contained, ten-year-old base village.  

 

The 1200 acres of skiing at Solitude exhibit something of a split personality.  The lower mountain has several HSQ chairs serving approximately 750-1500 vertical feet of mostly intermediate groomers weaving around a nice single black diamond hillside of ungroomed terrain beneath Eagle Ridge.  There is a convenient mid-mountain restaurant in this part of the layout. While this terrain had great packed and loose powder conditions during my early January 2011 visit, the lower mountain layout is rather conventional and reminiscent of many ski areas. 

 

The upper mountain at Solitude left a more indelible mark.  Ironically, the primary lift to this stellar terrain is the old, slow Summit double chair that climbs 1235 vertical feet.  You have to put in your time to get to the best stuff.  It provides access to a smaller batch of very nice intermediate-advanced groomers with undulation, curves, and pretty views.  One of the easiest trails from the summit is called Sol-Bright and follows a common border between the two ski areas for some distance.  All around the groomers are steep hillsides with black diamond glades and a few extreme chutes.  We barely scratched the surface of what looked to be very lightly tracked expert terrain in this section of the mountain.

 

The 10,035' upper terminus of the Summit double chair also represents the gateway to Solitude's signature inbounds feature - Honeycomb Canyon.  To the skier's left off the summit, this gorgeous upper intermediate to expert canyon of ungroomed terrain is set beneath the towering cliffs of 10,500' Fantasy Ridge.  The easiest route down the center drain of the canyon receives enough traffic to get packed-out and was readily doable by strong intermediates during my visit.  A large portion of the upper canyon is wide, open and not-too-difficult bowl skiing. More exploring along the fringes of Honeycomb Canyon lead to steep glades, chutes, cliffs and rocky slots.  Fantasy Ridge provides a very dramatic monolithic wall overlooking this terrain, but its hike-to chutes far above are strictly for those with extreme skills.

 

Solitude and Brighton are about 35 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport and the BCC access road is known to be somewhat less susceptible to avalanche closure than the road to Alta/Bird.  There was no hint of a lift line on the weekday I visited Solitude and the beautiful base village was virtually deserted at 930am.  If you were doing an extended stay at Solitude it would be easy to ski nearby Brighton for additional terrain variety.

Posted

Pros: no one there

Cons: not huge mountain

terrain is sick off summit chair skiers right through the trees, find your line and drop.  no one will see you or hear you.  so did you do it.....?


love it.  the name says it all.

Posted

Pros: Plenty of different terrain for all

Cons: Steep ... really steep for this old guy