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Would you go to Solitude for a day trip...

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
...if you had a week at Alta/Snowbird?

And if so, what is the best day to go? How long is the drive? How long and pleasant or unpleasant is the UTA bus (we have free bus passes)?
post #2 of 17
I definitely think a day at Solitude is worth it. It's probably about 25 minutes from Alta to Solitude assuming roads are clear. The busses are really convenient and hassle-free except on days when it's dumping (the canyons will be restricted to 4x4 so a lot more people take the bus). I'm not sure how convenient it is to take a bus from one canyon to the other, though, because you'd have to make a connection.

I'm one of the few who think Brighton is also worth a day.
post #3 of 17
Def hit Solitude. It's the sleeper in the canyons. The boarders seem to like Brighton (i'm a skier and love Brighton), Snowbird and Alta are popular for a ton of reasons, and the front three are popular cause of the "ski town" feel (and other reasons). It seems that it leaves Solitude all alone. I liked it. Aceman
post #4 of 17
Check the snow reports. Many times they do not open the Honeycomb Canyon area at Solitude until the day after a storm. You can ski freshies at Alta or the Bird one day and then do it again at Solitude the next.
post #5 of 17
Mudfoot makes a good point. However You will get maybe a 1/2 day of freshies because at Alta and Snowbird on a powder day the skiers and riders are like Sharks in a feeding frenzy. If you have a rental car you may want to look into skiing a day at Snowbasin.
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 

thanks

I like the advice of hitting it the day after an Alta/Snowbird powder day.

We are staying on-hill at Alta, right beside the Peruvian.

We will have one SUV for 13, and so obviously the WHOLE group can't drive to Solitude, and we have free UTA bus passes with our "Ski Salt Lake" passes, which are good at Solitude. Really curious if anyone knows the UTA schedule, and whether it's a miserable experience or a decent way to travel Alta to Solitude
post #7 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by philipshaw
Really curious if anyone knows the UTA schedule, and whether it's a miserable experience or a decent way to travel Alta to Solitude
Using the following web site, I got you the itinerary below:

http://www.rideuta.com/schedulesAndM...r/Default.aspx

Depart Time and Date: January 13, 2006 8:00 AM
Starting Location: ALTA SKI RESORT
Destination Location: SOLITUDE SKI RESORT

Itinerary 1

Total Fare: $6.00
Total Transfers: 2
Total Travel Time: 1 Hour(s) 47 Minute(s) which includes 7 Minute(s) walking time
Approximate walking distance: 1571 Feet.
Depart from your starting location of ALTA SKI RESORT
  1. Walk to stop located at ALBION BASE @ 15
  2. Board Route #98 7200 S TRAX/Snowbird/Alta Down at 8:20 AM
  3. Get off at stop located at 9400 S @ 2000 E at 9:03 AM
Then
  1. Walk to stop located at 2000 E @ 9400 S
  2. Board Route #8 11th East Inbound at 9:09 AM
  3. Get off at stop located at HIGHLAND DR @ 7069 S at 9:17 AM
Then
  1. Walk to stop located at FORT UNION BLVD @ 2018 E
  2. Board Route #92 7200 S TRAX/Solitude/Brighton Up at 9:24 AM
  3. Get off at stop located at MOONBEAM @ 12 at 10:00 AM
Walk to your final destination of SOLITUDE SKI RESORT
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thank you!

I've tried using that online sked without success.

And that is DEFINITELY too great a pain to bother.
post #9 of 17
I did when I visited Alta for 2 days last March. 1 day Soli, 2 days Alta.

Solitude is a good, fun mountain. not quite as much vert as Snowbird/Alta, but similar kinds of terrain.

matt_davis used to run the Inn at Solitude (and still might) -- you should page him for possible deals on lift tix or lodging.
post #10 of 17

Solitude or Alta tomorrow?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Utah49
... at Alta and Snowbird on a powder day the skiers and riders are like Sharks in a feeding frenzy.
With around a foot expected up there tonight, is there likely to be much of a feeding frenzy tomorrow at Alta? Short lift lines are a big part of my personal equation of what makes a good ski day, so if Alta is likely to be busy tomorrow I'll gladly go to Solitude. But I'm wondering if a foot in these parts is viewed as "only a foot...may as well go to work" ???
post #11 of 17
If I had a week at Alta/Bird I would hit Solitude, but I find the terrain "limited". It is a good half day resort for me, someplace I would recommend after you have explored Alta/Bird and are ready for a change. I looked at the map( www.skisolitude) and was reminded why I feel that way.

My comments refer to black skiers(not blues). You have the front six blacks which are nice, but if no snow for 3 days, they get bumped up with those hard deep bumps because they are major thoroughfares and very acessible. They are nice and steep though. Those forest/tree skiing to the left, headwall forest, parachute etc. are quite steep and hairy for trees skiing, (don't forget chute for parachute!), doable but I find much more hairy than say Bird Gad II forest or even many of the double black gates.

I never hit the Honeycomb on a good day, but have skied it, and once you are in the gully, you are in it, and have a long ride down with a few lifts to do it again, then again, more hairy tree skiing. The summit lift has a nice little, high, "short" bowl to ski. I'm not down on Solitude, but for me it's a half dayer, (although I could see real good sense in a powder day there!), and be careful if it is skied out, because even with the light crowds the bumps get big and ugly quick.
post #12 of 17
If you consider Solitude a "half-day resort" then I'd wager you don't know where to go, or aren't willing to work very much harder than a traverse.

Yes - go there and spend the day looking around past the gates ... further ... a little more ... no, not yet ... ahhh, yes there you go.
post #13 of 17
I'm with Woodee on this one! Conditions at Solitude on the main trails and what's easily accessible from those trails will be nearly the same as Alta/Bird on a non powder day.

Even if sticking to only the marked trails, it's WAY more than a half day ski area. Honeycomb Canyon is fun on any day it's open as long as its not breakable crust and there's terrain for solid intermediates and above with a definate leaning towards advanced/expert.

Solitude is definately worth a FULL day of your skiing.
post #14 of 17
Another vote for a day at Solitude. Honeycomb Canyon has enough lines to keep me busy for days, but I admit laps in there take a lot of time.
post #15 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by philipshaw
...if you had a week at Alta/Snowbird?

And if so, what is the best day to go?
Yes, go to Solitude. On Tuesday.
post #16 of 17
Definitely hit Solitude. Having now tried the 4 Cottonwood resorts, it's now my favourite! And as for which day to go, any day is good. I skiied Solitude this past weekend and had NO lift lines on either day.
post #17 of 17
I liked Solitude a lot on the couple days we skied there... it's got a "friendlier" feel to it as well- for example, my Dad loved it because he didn't feel like all the bad-asses were breathing down his neck... Great snow as well.
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