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Tell me about some runs at Solitude... Honeycomb Canyon?

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Getting ready to the first trip to Solitude, trying to figure out the trail map & reading the past threads here. Hoping to go into Honeycomb Canyon; the first day of skiing will be with kids, who are also pretty psyched and want to explore everything. We've only skied in the East so far, so not quite sure what to expect. In the East we can ski most things (but not always gracefully), I would say I'm fairly advanced but definitely not an expert; the kids can ski glades and average bumps happily, but of course we don't have too much experience with deep snow.  Certainly don't want to get into technical chutes, have to ski over cliffs, etc.

 

So my question is, can anyone give me a quick guide on how to explore, building up in difficulty? Are the ungroomed trails (check grooming report?) off Eagle Ridge good to try before venturing into the Canyon? Any particular areas with bumps, trees, etc?

 

About the Honeycomb, do I understand correctly that the first thing to try would be to go skier's left off Summit lift and drop in on Black Bess/Voltaire? Does it get harder if you traverse further? Discussion in past threads seems to say that going into Black Forest/Here be Dragons from Powderhorn lift would lead to more difficult lines, and that we should avoid the Parachute/Milk Run area unless we are really ready for it. Did I get it right?

 

Finally - when people talk about long runouts at Solitude, on Woodlawn and elsewhere, do they mean a flat trail that requires skating for a while, or just a long easy boring trail down?

 

Perhaps I'm overthinking it - look down from the chairlift and just go where it looks good might be a good plan. But I don't want the kids to get too adventurous too quickly and then discouraged too soon, for the rest of the trip. Thanks for any tips!

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Originally Posted by hamster on skis View Post
 

...Perhaps I'm overthinking it...

 

You answered your own question right there.  

 

Have a great time there.  Solitude is a lot of fun.

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You answered your own question right there.  

Yeah, probably - but it does take some time to explore a new place, and without any experience out West I'm just trying to get an idea of whether parts of the mountain would be a lot harder than anything we can even imagine... Wouldn't want to suddenly have a kid hanging over a cliff ;)  There are some really useful unofficial guides on this site, even to smaller places.

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Well, you probably won't be hiking Fantasy Ridge, which is where most of the cliffy stuff is. Pretty much everything else isn't too hard to suss out. Be careful of far traverses in Honeycomb. Without knowing how well you handle steeps it's hard to tell you where to go.
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 Be careful of far traverses in Honeycomb. Without knowing how well you handle steeps it's hard to tell you where to go.

 

Okay, thanks! This is why I want to progress gradually, it's not clear how steep is steep :o

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Most of the runs off Powderhorn are steeper than gut punching Honeycomb from Summit. Woodlawn is pretty mellow but hardly a flat traverse. Try that first and see how you feel, it's quite a ways down from the top. A few of the pitches can get bumped up a bit. One of the last pitches before the lift is known as Warren Miller, it can get pretty bumped up and you'll likely already be a bit tired by then.

The only part that requires any kind of poling would be if you go past the Honeycomb lift and take the cat track down to Eagle. There are a few places that go uphil a bit. But, don't go past the lift and it isn't an issue.

It does get a bit tougher the farther you go from either side of the top of Honeycomb. Go out a bit farther each time and see how it goes.

I'd stay away from Milk Run/parachute/Middle Slope with the kiddies. It can get pretty steep over there, it's easy to get cliffrd out.

Have fun. You can't see the best part of the resort from the lifts, explore.
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Thank you! This is very helpful.

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