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Solitude Mountain Resort Reviews

k2chad

Solitude is very good.

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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...
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ExWanabe

Exellent mid-size resort with nice terrain

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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. ...
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tromano

Solitude

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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.                 
bosrocker51

Great area, not crowded

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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...
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tch

Not impressed

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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...
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Jamesj

Solitude

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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....
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steepanddeep

hidden gem

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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.
Dorm57

Little "Bird"

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Pros: Plenty of different terrain for all

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