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Solitude question

post #1 of 15
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hey just a quick question to all those who ski solitude.....(please answer honestly i go to utah every year so theres no getting rid of me

from the top of the summit lift whats the trek like out to honeycomb canyon....are u coasting alot or hiking uphill etc....

also lets say how long does it take to get to lets say prince of wales or no mans land from the top of summit lift...

thanks!!!
post #2 of 15
why am i compelled to say: if you have to ask you probably shouldn't be riding those runs?



really, it's just a short traverse from the top of Summit Chair. If you look at the map available on the Solitude website http://www.skisolitude.com/downloads...ilmap_2004.pdf

It pretty much shows that you need to stay high and traverse either left or right depending on which runs you want to hit.

I know I rode PoW and would say 10 minutes, tops from disembarking the lift and traversing across. It was a single track traverse when I was there last season.
post #3 of 15
It goes down and up then up on the other side of the canyon, if it has snowed powder baskets help a lot with the traverse.
post #4 of 15
It's not that bad getting into the canyon. The real issue is coming out. The run-out sucks and getting back to the canyon is a convoluted set of lift rides. It's exceptionally hard to do "laps" in the canyon.
post #5 of 15
yeah run out is often icey but its a traverse wwhich if you hve enough traversing skill can be very fast and low energy usage. if you go slow and be wimpy you will be pooling a far way out.
post #6 of 15
I just looked at the Solitude map and saw the "new" Honeycomb Return lift. That wasn't there the last time I skied Solitude (it's been a few years). Although this lift cuts off a good portion of the run-out it still doesn't seem to solve the problem of getting back to the top of the canyon without a bunch of lift rides.
post #7 of 15
If there were a direct lift back to the summit from HC, it would be toast within a few hours.
post #8 of 15
Why would the lift be toast. Avalanches coming down the canyon, or do you mean the snow would get ripped up withing a few hours?????? I my self can wait to ski the canyon, the plan is to ski woodlawn and see what other lines look skiable, for me that is. Hopefully a few are, if not woodlawn should still prove to be fun!!!!
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by bobcatalum05 View Post
Why would the lift be toast. Avalanches coming down the canyon, or do you mean the snow would get ripped up withing a few hours?????? I my self can wait to ski the canyon, the plan is to ski woodlawn and see what other lines look skiable, for me that is. Hopefully a few are, if not woodlawn should still prove to be fun!!!!

The lift wouldn't be toast, all the snow on HC would be, if it were that easy to do laps.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by skichick70 View Post
The lift wouldn't be toast, all the snow on HC would be, if it were that easy to do laps.
I figured thats what you meant. Far West and Union Meadows at Copper Mountain is the same way. They take a couple of lift rides to get to so laps are tuff to do. Most of the time when we are back there its quiet and awesome.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Noodler View Post
I just looked at the Solitude map and saw the "new" Honeycomb Return lift. That wasn't there the last time I skied Solitude (it's been a few years). Although this lift cuts off a good portion of the run-out it still doesn't seem to solve the problem of getting back to the top of the canyon without a bunch of lift rides.
You can ski from the top of the new Honeycomb Return left to any lift on the mountain, except the bottom of the Summit Lift, which takes an extra ride. This allows you to access any of the Honeycomb gates on the ridge with one lift ride after the short Return ride. It also allows you to traverse in off the top of the Return lift and get to several nice shots into Honeycomb. Instead of the old ugly canyon road outrun you pop back up on the ridge in just a couple of minutes. It is soooo much better than the old luge runout.

As for Binger's orginal question, you can traverse out either side of Honeycomb. The Summit side involves more sidestepping and climbing than the other side, which usually opens an day later after a storm and has no gate access other than from the top. The farther out you traverse the more vert you get to ski.
post #12 of 15

Honeycomb Return Lift -

Everybody is right on with all the above advise....

Here is some POW footage we got the first year that lift opened.
You can basically do laps off it with out a long traverse - the intro is of Brighton - but all the deep pow shots took place in Honeycomb. Get pumped up!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6qGXejlD8Q
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post
You can ski from the top of the new Honeycomb Return left to any lift on the mountain, except the bottom of the Summit Lift, which takes an extra ride. This allows you to access any of the Honeycomb gates on the ridge with one lift ride after the short Return ride. It also allows you to traverse in off the top of the Return lift and get to several nice shots into Honeycomb.
So preferred method is to ride the return lift to the powederhorn lift into Honeycomb? The return lift wasn't there last time I was at Solitude. We had a great time skiing the day after a big storm - spent lots of time in the headwall forest area, didn't quite have the Honeycomb thing figured out.
post #14 of 15
Tumbler: The new Return lift eliminates the ugly outrun, allows you to take any lift to any HC gate on the ridge, and provides easy access to some new lines, including a ripper right under the HC Return chair.

The only reason to access from the top of the Summit Chair is if the ridge gates are closed or you want to ski the far side, which is only accessable from the top traverse. I like to jump in from one of the HC ridge gates, come up the new Return chair, take a short HC run traversing skiers left from the top of the Return chair, come up the Return Chair again and then ski down to one of the other lifts and repeat. On the way down HC to the Return Chair don't overlook the traverse to the left into the trees. This is usually a sever roller coster ride but leads to some nice shots on the other side of the canyon. You can get quite a few extra powder turns instead of just following the bottom of the canyon to the new chair.

If the far side of the canyon is not open check with the patrol. Because of avalanche control they often do not open that until after the Summit side, so you can get a second chance at untracked. You need to traverse out from the Summit lift which requires some sidestepping. Don't get suckered into jumping in too soon, it only gets better as you go out.
post #15 of 15
Coll. Thanks for the info. My traversing/routefinding skill have definitely improved since I was last there. Trying to swing a trip in Feb. using FF miles, not sure if it will work out.
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