Interesting to hear about the planned changes to Solitude lifts.
Although the base lodging options are limited, some families have a great time at Solitude when they and/or their kids are still learning. Especially if they also want to try cross-country skiing or one parent is an advanced skier who wants to spend a day or two in LCC. It can be a good way to get a tradition going for a ski vacation from the flatlands during school holidays. The easy access from SLC airport is a factor to consider when traveling with kids.
Please do not take my comments a few posts up as being purely negative. I was just stating the challenge from a business perspective. In addition to having good burgers, the place is indeed lots if fun. Some of the SLC regulars who ski there think they have tougher terrain than in PC (not true), but the family activity is as good as the snow once there is coverage. It is IMHO a good place for any visitor to spend a day, since all of the seven areas have a different "feel" to it, with some being dramatically different. Some lifts need to come into the 21st century, and I guess that is happening now.