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Solitude -- More likely to ski it this year?

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With the Deer Valley improvements, will it still have more powder per person? smile.gif

Brett
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I hope to make it three years in a row. Solitude is always reserved for Saturdays on my three day weekend SLC trips.

My slc trip for this season might fall to the second week of April which may end up being closing weekend. Not sure I'd go if HCC were closed at that point. Does HCC usually make it to closing weekend?
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If by Deer Valley improvement you mean the Summit lift replacement that was planned and permitted before Deer Valley entered the picture, the plan was always for this season. As of a week ago they still don't have towers or a base station installed. I'm guessing the powers that be are praying for an Indian Summer. I'm not sure why they've been dragging on construction, but from what I've heard they moved a crap ton of rock and dirt.

If it starts snowing early this season the powder to people quotient may be very good with the Summit area being hike access only, heh.

I love Solitude and I'm hopeful Deer Valley will be good stewards of the area. The problem Solitude has always had is that they have no niche. Brighton is for boarders and local families. Snowbird, Alta, and the Park City areas get most of the traffic due to their reputations.

Solitude has for years been mostly a locals area with very flexible season passes. I anticipate Deer Valey to enhance the food quality and try to appeal to the discerning powderhound. I'd guess they'll package Deer Valley vacation trips with tickets to Solitude as well and market the 500 inches available.

Rumors have it that they've been active in trying to get a lift into Honeycomb top to bottom to allow lapping the canyon. Before Deer Valley came into the picture they'd already asked for FS permission to realign the Honeycomb return lift further down into Silver Fork and a cutting of a trail through the pines west of the Challenger run.

It should be interesting...
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Does HCC usually make it to closing weekend?

It depends...

Most years in the past it's usually seemed to be economic reasons rather than snow reasons. Lately in the last few bad snow seasons they've seemed to have had problems keeping snow on the last pitch before the lift, aka "Warren Miller." Most folks that enter the canyon come down that last pitch, when it gets too bare I think ski patrol shuts it down, they usually attempt to push snow from above, but it involves a lot of pushing over a flat area.

Last season Honeycomb was closed closing weekend. We'll see how the snow falls this season...
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It depends...

Most years in the past it's usually seemed to be economic reasons rather than snow reasons. Lately in the last few bad snow seasons they've seemed to have had problems keeping snow on the last pitch before the lift, aka "Warren Miller." Most folks that enter the canyon come down that last pitch, when it gets too bare I think ski patrol shuts it down, they usually attempt to push snow from above, but it involves a lot of pushing over a flat area.

Last season Honeycomb was closed closing weekend. We'll see how the snow falls this season...

 

I heard from somebody at Solitude that they have plans to regrade the Warren Miller section of the HC runout so that it can be regularly groomed, but don't know if it is true or when it might happen.

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The November issue of Ski Magazine mentions "Installed in 1982, the [Summit] lift, along with the Sunrise chair, has been replaced for 2015-2016 by a high-speed quad."

 

So, am I correct in understanding that the Sunrise Triple is gone? And the only way to access that terrain pod now is to either hike or else ski in from Milly at Brighton? That seems like a bummer--there are some fun runs there, although I certainly won't miss the lift breaking down repeatedly.

 

And with the new Summit lift's bottom moved downhill, will lapping Summit will require doing the long flat/uphill section of Deer Trail each time?

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Sunrise Lift is still there and will be running.  Bottom of new Summit lift has been regarded and a road cut put in coming down from near where the old summit base was.  Access should not involve the flat/uphill unless you come in off the run cut straight down from the top of Sunrise last year.

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Originally Posted by Dryheat View Post

I hope to make it three years in a row. Solitude is always reserved for Saturdays on my three day weekend SLC trips.

My slc trip for this season might fall to the second week of April which may end up being closing weekend. Not sure I'd go if HCC were closed at that point. Does HCC usually make it to closing weekend?


Do you have dates for your SLC weekends yet?  My crew are thinking about Solitude for the Saturday before the Aspen Gathering.  A couple of my friends have never been to Honeycomb Canyon.  I want to ride the new lift.  We're staying at Alta Lodge so will mostly be skiing Alta/Snowbird on the MCP before driving to Aspen.

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The freebies with Warren Miller's Chasing Shadows in Utah include a free non-holiday ticket at Solitude--but available Saturdays. I suspect that Saturdays won't be quite as quiet at Solitude as they've been in the past.

 

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Mudfoot

Sunrise Lift is still there and will be running.  Bottom of new Summit lift has been regarded and a road cut put in coming down from near where the old summit base was.  Access should not involve the flat/uphill unless you come in off the run cut straight down from the top of Sunrise last year.

 

Good news, thanks! I guess maybe Ski was just trying to say that the Sunrise and old Summit lifts were both installed the same year.
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The Sunrise Lift is long and painfully slow, but is presently the only access to the intermediate runs on that side of the mountain.  It is also the only lift running in the summer for mt. bikers, hikers and disc golfers

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Do you have dates for your SLC weekends yet?  My crew are thinking about Solitude for the Saturday before the Aspen Gathering.  A couple of my friends have never been to Honeycomb Canyon.  I want to ride the new lift.  We're staying at Alta Lodge so will mostly be skiing Alta/Snowbird on the MCP before driving to Aspen.


Well I just found out that I need to hold the April date for a friend's wedding. I seriously need new friends who don't feel the need to get married during ski season in Phoenix. Alta lodge would be quite the drive to get to solitide. If you share my aversion to crowds, and are willing to make the drive, I think you'll appreciate it.

I'm not committing my utah MCP days for now. I've had multiple different friends express interest in doing a trip but haven't figured out the full details yet. My brother, who is the usual utah ski partner, is likely to be recovered enough from surgery to make the trip later in the season.

I do have an open offer to join extended family at Copper or WP the weekend before the gathering but I'd have to fly back and be in the office during the week. That said, given the 5 or 6 other flying weekends for the MCP, having to fly AND pay for a lift ticket might give me the excuse to stay home. Can't hit every mountain this season.
Edited by Dryheat - 10/26/15 at 9:04am
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