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Honeycomb Canyon at Solitude

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
We're going to Solitude in early Jnauary. We went last year and had a great time, but we didn't go down HC because we weren't sure how steep it is. We'd like too for the different experience and the scenery, but we don't want to be in over our heads. We're only thinking of going down the trail down the middle - Woodlawn I think it is, not off the sides. We're a family of intermediate skiers (with girls 9 and 11) who ski all the blues there off the Summit Chair and Eagle Express etc. Could any of you Utah skiers give us a sense of how Woodlawn is?
post #2 of 16
There are 3 short pitches that could test an intermediate, but are not extreme whatsoever. An intermediate with decent turning skills could pick their way down through the moguls. Peak over and see the short mogul field below the lift, there are 2 more that are just a little more steep. I skied with an intermediate 16 yr old and she made it down twice. The kids will probably really like it, it be should a fun place to ski for them. Near the bottom, best to stay out of the black forest because it is very narrow. They will probably say, let's do it again! Let them warm up on some of the intermediate moguls first.
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thank you very much. Does the avoid the narrow forest end mean we should take the lift out rather than skiing out to the end?
post #4 of 16
Take the lift back up and over. The trail back to the front side involves skating up hill and is a long traverse back to a lift.
post #5 of 16
Woodlawn is mogul field after mogul field. None of the moguls are steep, but the Woodlawn track out will be the most tiring part of your trip into Honeycomb Canyon (that trail is loooong). From your initial post, it sounds like you're sticking to groomers on the front side. If you're not comfortable in powder and moguls, you could be in for a miserable experience - they don't groom anything back there. I'm not trying to discourage you from doing it - the experience is great. Just expect your legs to be tired.

My one recommendation in Honeycomb Canyon is traverse over to as far you possibly can before dropping down. If you love powder, your first instinct will be to drop down as soon as you get off the lift because you'll likely see some fresh tracks to be had. Do that and you'll get only one short powder run followed by a tiring run-out. The further you traverse, the longer and more satisfying the powder run will be and the shorter distance you'll have to spend on Woodlawn.
post #6 of 16
I will be skiing Sloitude in March. My question has to do with the traverse.
Is it hiking or walking with ski's on or just a gradual slow slope around a "cat walk??" How much vertical in Honeycomb Canyon??

I have the same question with the "High Traverse" at Alta. How long and difficult is it to get High Rustler??
post #7 of 16
I remember someone warning me about cliffs in Honeycomb Canyon. They might have been lying, but it kept me from skiing there without a local.
post #8 of 16
I'm not scared, yet.
More replies please.
post #9 of 16
If you love goomers don't go to Honeycomb. If you want a little adventrue HC I would say give HC a try. Unless snow conditions are really bad, I think intermediates could make their way down. If you like it do it again. If your hate it, call it an adventure and don't come back
post #10 of 16
Would love to hear a description of what the route is like assuming you traverse way over and don't head down as soon as you get in.
post #11 of 16
Caveat: i've only spent one day at Solitude. Loved it by the way.

My recollection of it is that you can make it a (mostly) gliding traverse, but then you shorten the ride for the effort. If you make it a little uphill you get a longer shot down. I also recall that it's pretty easy to pick a path that is either more or less steep depending on your preference. There were plenty of ways down that were not so very steep. The run out at the bottom was long but scenic. While it is through the trees, the path is well worn and easy enough for an intermediate. I would suggest doing it once at least. The main thing isn't the steepness of the terrain, it is the fact that it is au natural so therefore it is the conditions of the day that will determine the relative difficulty of the traverse and the downhill shot.

So, the easy thing to do is go ski the trees or some of the ungroomed runs in the main part of the resort. If you can do that in the current conditions with relative comfort and ease, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a way down HC.

If you are still unsure, hire an instructor to take you over.
post #12 of 16
Originally Posted by TerpSKI View Post
I remember someone warning me about cliffs in Honeycomb Canyon. They might have been lying, but it kept me from skiing there without a local.
As long as the visibility isn't bad, you shouldn't worry about falling/skiing off cliffs accidentally. On a clear day, it is pretty obvious when you are skiing up to a cliff. I would be surprised if there were areas you could get cliffed out (e.g. ski down a chute and have mandatory air at the bottom) inbounds at a ski resort unless it was clearly marked from the top. This has only happened to me at Whistler. Note: I haven't been to Solitude yet (going in January!)
post #13 of 16
There's quite a bit you can do just by gliding the cat track. You can drop in anywhere along the way you see is nice. There's no grooming but often large stashes to be found. I've never run across a cliff-out but I've not been everywhere in the canyon either.

The signs tend to scare people off but if you drop in about midway upper intermediates should be OK so long as they can ski ungroomed snow. Real early on the track is actually harder with tighter trees and such. Further on the track is more open but a longer run.

There is a longish skiout (possibly a road?) and a lift that brings you back to the gate, which you will probably want to do again and again .
post #14 of 16
Honeycomb is not bad at all. My brother did it when he was 9 on his second out west ski trip. There are a few steep areas, but there are steeper blues out there for sure.
post #15 of 16
 honey comb canyon is a piece of cake if u take the right runs. they sumtimes have a groomed trail going right down the middle. thats at the beggening of the traverse though. In my book the rule of thumb is the farther you go and harder your work on the traverse the steeper and fresher runs.
post #16 of 16

way old thread, but Honeycomb is a ton of fun. I wouldn't say it's super difficult, but you can really have some fun in there. Me and a buddy were over there and we were essentially alone, went through HC 7 or 8  times and took different ways each time. The advice about the narrow trees is true, but if you're advanced.. maybe go in for a little and then pop out again. They really aren't a lot of friend, but you can get a few scary turns in there haha. It's an interesting place, and in terms of ungroomed places one of the most "untouched" places I've found in LCC or BCC that is easily accessible (no hiking)

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