Just came back from our first family ski trip to Solitude, and loved so many things about it. In recent years I've been going to the Canyons and PCMR, and also Heavenly, Breckenridge, Mammoth, all of them big name resorts. As an advanced intermediate, I liked Solitude more than any of them! Here are some of my observations:
- Great selection of blue runs, some with nice soft bumps, black runs were very challenging but still managable.
- The runs were shorter compared to larger resorts, but I liked that too, as I would normally have to stop on a really long run anyway.
- I liked that there seemed to be more good skiers that I could observe and try to copy to improve my technique.
- No crowds and great snow (OK, snow was great all across the west this time)
- Cheap lift passes (only about $50/day on Liftopia)
- Pretty good night skiing at Brighton (a 5 minute drive) the night we arrived. 1/2 price of PCMR's night ticket and better trails.
- Ski school for the kids. They had much better variety of beginning and intermediate runs, the cost was 1/2 price of the cost at Park City and the groups were smaller. My older kid made so much progress with his snowboard instructor!
- Despite the low cost, the resort still feels like a premium resort. Everything looked new and clean, the Village was small but very pretty.
Yes, I missed the ambiance and all the dining options of Park City. The village where we stayed was mostly empty which felt less festive, and the food options were limited, but the actual skiing was so much better at Solitude. Cant wait to come back next year!