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post #1 of 28
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Sorry for the yet-another-family-vacation-at-Christmas post thread. Beginner wife, intermediate girls age 11-16 by then, intermediate to advanced Dad. Have been thinking East to save money on airfare (Stowe most likely) but would like to go West. Can fly non-stop from Philly to SLC. No choice but to go 12-24 thru 12-30 or so. No Alta because of the chairlift bars thing. (I know, I know, but I am told it is non-negotiable!) The perfect place for us to ski is Deer Valley because of my wife, but it is just so expensive for any kind of convenience factor and we are looking for some time together without the usual hassles of keeping people entertained and debating where everyone wants to go, so staying in Park City to save $$$ and skiing Deer Valley primarily could create some problems, especially with the kids maybe wanting to learn some snowboarding.

 

From what I can tell, Solitude has terrain for all including the wife, pretty reliable snow coverage at Christmas, much less expensive and extremely convenient slope access lodging, less crowds than other well-known spots at holiday time, and a pretty contained, safe, easy village for when we are beat where the kids can feel entertained and independent but they really can't go anywhere. I know I have pretty much answered my own question, but looking for any contrarian opinions to consider. So, any downsides? Does the food suck? Are there altitude issues different than anywhere else? Are there problems with their rental equipment? Is the less crowded thing BS? Is it overrun with boarders at Christmas (again, not prejudiced, but the SO has had a few incidents at Whiteface that have left her wary...)? Is there really not that much low-end terrain? Does the lift layout suck? (For example, at Whiteface nearly all of the easier trails on the main side of the mountain serve as funnel areas for the more expert higher slopes so they are serious freeways) If its as great and less crowded as everyone says, why is it that more people aren't there? What does everyone think?

post #2 of 28

Lift bars: I don't remeber any bars on the lifts at solitude. But its been a while. Maybe someone else can clear that up.


 

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So, any downsides?  Is the less crowded thing BS? Is it overrun with boarders at Christmas (again, not prejudiced, but the SO has had a few incidents at Whiteface that have left her wary...)? Is there really not that much low-end terrain? Does the lift layout suck? (For example, at Whiteface nearly all of the easier trails on the main side of the mountain serve as funnel areas for the more expert higher slopes so they are serious freeways) If its as great and less crowded as everyone says, why is it that more people aren't there? What does everyone think?


No its not BS. Its really is less crowded.

 

Over run with boarders? No, not at all. Boarders are highly allergic to the long run-outs at Solitude. See Brighton.

 

There is a lot of nice cruising terrian greens and blues in the big front side bowl.

 

Bingo. The lift layout is good on the front side. But getting to and from more expert runs is a chore. Lots of short shots and lots of run outs. There are some spots that you can link together a few good steep runs in a row. Its hard to make laps on expert terrain in Honey comb canyon.

 

More people don't go there because: Its right next to LCC which has Alta and The Bird. And they really do ski a lot better most of the time IMO. The locals  get a pass and ski their pass and if i lived in SLC I woudl have an Altabird pass not a soli pass. On a pow day I would rather be at Alta or the bird ... a few days later is the time to hit solitude because you can traverse and traverse in honey comb canyon and find untouched pow.

 

I think its more geared toward visitors and tourists. They tend to have no problems with the short shots, nor the rampant traversing to get the goods, nor the long run outs and return lifts. I think that its a great place to come if you want to be left out of the macho feeding frenzy that is Alta and Bird and are just looking for an area where you will be mostly by yourself and free to traverse to earn your pow laps long after the storm is over. The terrain at Solitude is really really good lots of challenges await.


Edited by tromano - 9/20/10 at 5:48pm
post #3 of 28

I don't recall ever seeing a lift bar at solitude. However the lifts are generally not high-speed, so its much less intimidating for many people.

post #4 of 28

I've been to Solitude with my family over the past two spring breaks.  Between '08 and '09, three high speed quads were put on the front side.  All three of those lifts have safety bars.  Before last season, they put in a new quad called Powderhorn II.  It makes laping the upper section of the front side bowl much easier.  Most of the terrain serviced by the new lift is black.  That lift has a safety bar too.  I think most of their lifts do.  If it's an issue for you, I would send them an email.  I communicated with them via email before making my first trip there with my kids and they were very helpful.  A great place for family with a laid back atmosphere.  I have no experience with the Christmas week crowd.   

post #5 of 28

You should do a search on the site, a gent called Dirk something etc posted some great film about Solitude from the past season and detailed TR and mountain advice.

 

The lifts we used in April 2010 at Solitude, all had safety bars, and I think we used all of them, even the one used to hop back onto the frontside from Honeycomb Canyon.

 

It's a nice place, ski school is a bit rigid on the "rules" about instructors and some other things but some of the individual instructors like Kurt, Bridger were tremendous with our son (he had just turned 7 and given his ability was skiing with 10 to 14 year olds) as well as Karen for adults. One instructor I thought was more interested in getting his runs in than instructing, so uneven on that front but the first three i mentioned were top class. And Kurt and Bridger really challenged my boy, a lot of seriously gnarly, tough steep terrain. 

 

The village is much better than the base area which is kind of spartan. The Inn at Solitude is not bad, has nice large rooms, really quite spacious, the restaurant serves great food but its a separate a la carte and staff were young and enthusiastic. It was certainly less crowded than Alta and I am talking major powder days where getting on Collins can be a bit of a serious pain. Solitude was Solitude in comparison. Deer Valley lifts also can get crowded, actually felt like European zoo for me anyway, really crowded, though mountain has big broad runs so after initial phases, lots of trails have room for you to let it rip. The base village at Solitude also has this kids club which is pretty cool for kids with an outdoor seriously heated pool etc and game room and mini movie theatre. Kids make a beeline for that spot to hang out, meet others apres ski. And since village is walking only and really self-contained, parents can relax about the kids whereabouts. DV is not the best place for kids in my opinion for Apres Ski, its geared for the "better off", so self-entertainment is mode I would surmise. Skiing the mountain - kids love DV, and now with the Daly Chutes operational off Empire, DV has got tough terrain for those who seek it.

 

As one poster said, Solitude while actually quite big can seem limiting at times, because while the longest continuous run from the top of Summit lift is a nice blue run with some steep sections and interesting turns etc but there are flats. Now the drop into Honeycomb canyon on powder days is incredible, the scenery is spectacular up there. But its eerie, get chills when you ski since the Canyon valley which you are skiing is prime avalanche terrain though they do their avy-control and all, just a feeling I got when I was skiing through it. Traversing on Solitude across above Honeycomb Canyon gets you the best shots but it has to be open, for the intermediate skier too, can be quite comfortable, not east but great ride. Headwall forest is also another traverse but has good to hard terrain.

 

The biggest issue is getting to the Summit lift is only possible in the following ways:

1. Easiest: Take Sunrise lift and then ski down to Summit lift (the Summit lift is FAST, be forewarned, it does NOT slow down at mount-up, point, I know, since I was sent flying into the path of the other lift, got my head down precisely on time o.w. crack!)

2. Take powderhorn up and then drop into some of the hardest double diamonds in Solitude - best to go with local or instructor first time, since I understand the odds of getting cliff-ed out are not negligible. 

3. Come further down powderhorn then cut through the woods...can be DEEP powder...hard work but worth the effort. 

When we were there, the Sunrise lift "Died" so they set up a cat to take skiers upto the Summit lift, but mountain did a yeoman's job, since it was powder and serious snow and we and other folks were scrambling to get to the top!

 

Lots of nice runs off Eagle ridge.

 

Trail map here:

http://www.skisolitude.com/downloads/winter_trail_map_2010.pdf

 

Anyway, I put this up elsewhere on this forum but here is a short clip of a double diamond at Solitude, as you can see, the kids were going one at a time, since it is actually rather steep and it was powder time..

 

This is a longer (4 min, just scroll through it), and actually just headed back to the village after getting to top of Moonbeam lift, you will see that in April it was serious, serious snow and also that the lifts have bars:

 

 

Solitude is a nice place, cozy and has a lot of skiing, plus one can Ski Brighton next door (we did not, since there only 3 days but that opens things up in a big way). Note it is NOT over-run period with anything, usually just snow! 

 

Food at the restaurant at the Inn was excellent and they made efforts for my boy's special diet, there are I recall or think one perhaps two other restaurants in the village and a "pizza joint" - kind of slow service for a pizza joint - walked in to get coffee or something, too long, walked out..but its really a nice place. Just compared to Alta or DV it felt smaller but it does have what you are looking for and in general the prices are probably a bit less than Alta(but not by much) and definitely less than DV. 

 

Trust that helps.

post #6 of 28

I have skied Solitude several times, but never over Christmas.  The less crowded thing is most certainly not BS.  Whenever I'm in Utah and expect a day that could be crowded - weekend, powder day, etc. I often end up at Solitude.  I think it would be a great choice for a Christmas time family vacation - if I was looking at a family trip during a similar time period, it would be at or near the top of my list.

post #7 of 28

A picture of the drop-in below the craggy peaks into Honeycomb Canyon at Solitude should speak to the beauty of the location.., i.e. worth a thousand words..

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post #8 of 28

Hi,

I took my girls to Alta, ya the place with no safety bars when they were 8 and 12.  First load seemed strange, but by the second load we totally forgot about them.  In fact, I find the bars more of a problem these days, hitting my head, bar dropped too fast etc.  The Alta chairs are low enough and don't swing unless very high winds.  If this happens, everyone hangs on no matter what you’re riding.  Please don't discount Alta.  It's normally the parents who have more fear then the kids in my experience.  We have been back a number of times since.  Why not consider Snowbird?  Lot's of ways down for intermediates.

post #9 of 28
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the great info everyone. It is going to be our first trip West so those are really helpful summaries (complete with multimedia- thanks dusty!) It seems like a perfect starter trip. A good bit of everything but not overwhelming. We are five so cost-cutting is difficult-- five airfares, two rooms or a big condo, etc. Having the short xmas break is pretty limiting unless you are willing to wait until the last minute-- and that is tough with five of us.

 

Soundrulz- someday I will get to Alta. I personally don't have a thing about the bars (although I have no personal experience without them!) but my wife tells me no way. I don't think the family is ready for the Bird yet. (And probably not me either.) Most of it would be wasted on us and I would like to try to mostly ski together when possible. 

 

dusty-- having never been, I still agree with you about Deer Valley. Just from reading the trail map I can tell that it is the perfect place for my family to ski, but everything else conspires against it that crazy week. Not that I wouldn't go if some rich uncle treated! (do you have one I could borrow?)

post #10 of 28
Thread Starter 

Now I am driving myself crazy. I know there is no wrong answer but it seems that air and lodging can be had for less at Aspen/Snowmass (e.g. the Silvertree) which gives ski-in ski-out and a huge amount of green/blue variety between Snowmass and Buttermilk in particular, and a larger pool of instructors for private family lessons. Snowmass Village + Aspen certainly gives more variety of non-skiing activity while staying at Snowmass keeps the immediate surroundings a little more manageable for the teenager who needs a little time to herself...

post #11 of 28

Just pick one. There is always spring break! And then xmas again next year. ;)

post #12 of 28

solitude is great but is really for people who love to ski. Not a ton to do besides ski/board. there isnt ample green/blue terrain. Plenty of gnar though if you know where to look. Aspen or any colorado place might be a better bet, although u are looking at huge crowds.

 

good luck

post #13 of 28
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solitude is great but is really for people who love to ski. Not a ton to do besides ski/board. there isnt ample green/blue terrain. Plenty of gnar though if you know where to look. Aspen or any colorado place might be a better bet, although u are looking at huge crowds.

 

good luck

 


 
My wife has no interest in gnar for sure, and to be honest I doubt I am ready for it until after I get my butt out to ESA Snowmass!

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This is very hard for obsessive/indecisive people like me. It is a bad combination.

post #14 of 28
Thread Starter 

One thing I forgot to mention is that we will ski most of the time with a private lesson. My wife doesn't trust me with the kids alone! So that does cut down on my lift line concern. On slope crowds are obviously a different issue but the tradeoff for larger and more variable beginner and intermediate terrain may be worth it for the first time going West.

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another option would be brighton. the lower end terrain is much more vast than soly. It doesnt get too busy either, and the higher end runs dont really share the lifts as much with the easier terrain. Can always make a trip to soly as well, just down the road. Never been to aspen, but skiied the rest of i70 in CO. Breckenflat, abasin, winterpark, keystone .. .etc etc would be good options, but all will likely be busier than solitude or brighton.

post #16 of 28
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Little worried about boarders at Brighton. Also thinking that crowds are relative. Christmas week will be crowded compared to non-holiday weeks wherever we go. We have skied Whiteface on windy Holiday weekends, so I can't imagine anything we encounter could be worse. If we are going for 6 nights and 5 full days of skiing, which will be the longest we have gone for a ski trip, then I think having some variety off the mountain is not a bad thing. And the trade-off then is that where there is variety there will be crowds. Ski-in ski-out at Snowmass with family private lessons, four available mountains, and Aspen nearby can't possibly be a bad choice. Expensive yes, but not as much as Deer Valley, so cost is relative too. I love the feedback I get here and the info I find in the forums because it can bring you back to reality a bit. Facts:

 

-there are lots of great places to ski

-they will be crowded Christmas week

-they will cost more Christmas week 

-wherever we go, if we are skiing we will have a good time

 

Thanks again everyone for the info.

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Little worried about boarders at Brighton. 

Just wanted to say that jsut becuase you have had problems with boarders back in PA or NY at resort X in the east does not mean you will have problems in UT or CO at resorts Y or Z. Yes there are  jackasses everywhere but my impression is that in ski country more people both skiers and boarders actually know how to ski and ride in control than back east. Also the density of people is just so much less that even during peak times like Xmas week. I have never seen the sorts of many person pileups and carnage here in UT that would be typical on a holiday weekend at 7Springs.

post #18 of 28

I'll second the notion that you probably won't have a lot to worry about w.r.t boarders.  As someone who has skiied both out West as well as in NY and WV, I can say the boarders out West aren't a big deal at all.  The hills in the east seem to attract a lot more novice skilled people or those who don't know the proper etiquette.  I am sure there is jackassery out West but with so much more terrain the jackassery per square acre is much, much lower.

post #19 of 28

keniski if you are skiing five? days in BigCC you have to check out Brighton. I think you'll find lots of terrain your family can enjoy together, ride the same lift meet at the bottom. Brighton gets a bad rap re:boarders, but that's our secret ok?

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Thanks. If we do Solitude sounds like we should try a day at Brighton. Is there a connecting ski boundary between Sol and Brighton or is it a drive? Trying to avoid having a car. Looks like we are trying to decide now between Solitude and Snowmass, with the outside chance of Deer Valley thrown in because my wife has the impression, probably correct, that it will be the easiest place for her to ski. We just have to abandon the idea of having the kids in a pedestrian ski village and give up a little convenience if we do that. Realizing that the impression we have formed in our limited experience in Southern VT and Upstate NY really doesn't provide any perspective for skiing the western resorts. My wife said it is dizzying, and that is definitely because I know just enough now to make it confusing. 

post #21 of 28
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 Is there a connecting ski boundary between Sol and Brighton or is it a drive? 


Never mind. The Sol-Bright trail.... D'oh!

post #22 of 28

Total Solitude fans. Seven years in a row.  Village is great for kids - safe, small, they can be independent, pool and outdoor fires are great as is club room facility.  Very easy walk to lifts, ski back in if you carry enough speed:-)  We go usually over new year. No problem with crowds.  Always go to Brighton to break it up - nice contrast, lifts are busy at the bottom but usually fine on the mountain so don't come down to the bottom... You can get the ski bus between the two - about five minutes.  (Sol-Bright trail isn't always open.)

post #23 of 28

Agree with Soundrulz on the safety bar thing - Kids got to learn to cross the street sooner or later. A Darwin thing. 

 

SLC is one of my favorite ski area. I use 'ski area' very loosely.

 

I ski Killington on weekend when I'm in NYC. We usually ski SVT on Xmas - have a place there. President week, spring break are usually out west. Kid still in school.

Four years ago, SVT had a really bad early season, Killington projected 40 trails for Xmas. Instead of staying to witness the massacre, we decided to go out SLC instead. 

Never skied another holiday in SVT since.   

 

The word crowded is relative. Completely different creature east to west.

 

Been skiing Solitude since '81. Day ticket costed $5 back then. 

Love the place. Really good vibe. You'll have a great time there.

Brighton is also a gem. Regardless of the myth about being a hell hole swamped with snowboarder. I always have a good time there.

Never had issues with boarders @ SLC. 

 

With your stated ability levels for your family, both Solitude and Brighton will be more than big enough.

Most of the advance terrain at Alta & SB is probably too gnar for your family's taste. Good grounds for divorce.   

The resorts in LCC generally get a great deal more traffic than the 2 in BCC.

So if crowds is a concern - stay in BCC.

 

Park City side.

Never like skiing PC itself - but still had some good time there. Especially in Jupiter bowl.

The Canyon is vast - lots of blues & greens. Not really my cup of tea, but the mountain has a good buzz about it. 

Bit of a pain getting around.

 

Of the three area in the PC side. Deer Valley is my favorite.

Do yourself a favor - go to DV. Your wife will have a great time. You will have a great time. Happy wife = happy you. .

DV do have beautifully manicured groomers - another happy wife thing. Picture perfect looking instructors too - can't hurt.

Contrary to common belief, DV has tons of expert terrain, with no one on them. So if you need adventure - it's there. 

Don't forget DV limit ticket sales (6,000 Max/day) - so get them the day before if you can.

 

About the family private lesson thing - don't.  Almost kind of never teach your spouse/kid to drive/ski thing.  

Do everyone a favor and get separate group lessons. All will be thankful.

Too much togetherness is not good - just ask you kids.

 

 

 

 

post #24 of 28
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Now I am driving myself crazy. I know there is no wrong answer but it seems that air and lodging can be had for less at Aspen/Snowmass (e.g. the Silvertree) which gives ski-in ski-out and a huge amount of green/blue variety between Snowmass and Buttermilk in particular, and a larger pool of instructors for private family lessons. Snowmass Village + Aspen certainly gives more variety of non-skiing activity while staying at Snowmass keeps the immediate surroundings a little more manageable for the teenager who needs a little time to herself...



Ken -- I skied Snowmass last Spring with my 15-year old son.  It's a great place for a family ski trip, although I can't vouch for the snow cover during the Xmas break.  You mentioned the Silvertree -- it does have good rates and great slopeside location, but it seemed to me that it really needs some serious remodeling/updating.  I think there are better options.  We stayed at the Laurelwood condos, which are also slopeside, although they may not have anything big enough for a family of five. 

post #25 of 28
Thread Starter 

I think we are going to try SLC and fly nonstop using some mileage if it works out. Either Deer Valley or Solitude. Probably will finalize plans in the next day or so I think. Then I will hit Snowmass and the Wildwood for ESA in January.
 

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Ken -- I skied Snowmass last Spring with my 15-year old son.  It's a great place for a family ski trip, although I can't vouch for the snow cover during the Xmas break.  You mentioned the Silvertree -- it does have good rates and great slopeside location, but it seemed to me that it really needs some serious remodeling/updating.  I think there are better options.  We stayed at the Laurelwood condos, which are also slopeside, although they may not have anything big enough for a family of five. 

post #26 of 28
Thread Starter 

Update... Thanks to all for the advice and input. We are heading to Solitude for a five night stay this Christmas.  Folks there have been very helpful. Might chime in closer to trip time if any logistics questions come up.  Will be sure to post a TR afterward!

post #27 of 28
Thread Starter 

 

Ok, TR for Solitude, 12/25/10 - 12/30/10.

 

Thanks to all for the great advice and help prior to our trip.

 

We really enjoyed Solitude. Four and a half days of skiing, and the only lift line we waited on longer than 60 secs was on Eagle Express one afternnon when the power went out for 45 min and they were running on auxiliary. According to the ride data card for the first four days, I logged 63,101 vertical feet. Our last day I went out with my wife and by myself, skied from 9-12 and logged twelve more runs. What a place! 

 

We took it easy Christmas day after we arrived, to get acclimated and get our rental equipment set up. The kids were amazed at the amount of snow. My wife had a little bit of trouble with the altitude for the first two days, but then recovered nicely. It also took her two days to get over her intimidation at the pitch of the green slopes compared to the flatter Eastern beginner slopes. It is definitely different out there. My kids were amazed at how steep and sometimes bumpy the intermediate runs were, but they got used to it quickly. We had skied the blues and a few blacks at Whiteface in the past, and we had a running joke with our Solitude instructor about his definitions of “skied off” and “congestion” compared to what we were used to!

 

I stayed with my 13 and 11-year old mostly. We skied the Sunrise, Apex, and Eagle chairs every day with laps off Moonbeam toward the  end of the day for some easy bumps. I got two runs from the summit done, one with my kids and one without, and skied a few runs off Powderhorn too. We covered the greens and blues, and worked our way up to the blacks off the Eagle chair as well as Powderhorn. I had my first taste of Western tree skiing-- very cool. 

 

We never made it over to Brighton. And we didn’t make it into Honeycomb Canyon this trip. The first day we had about 3-5” on their already huge base, but we were just getting used to skiing again and our instructor didn’t want to get the kids in over their heads. The second and third days we had sun and windblown and bumped up piles over packed powder, we were improving our skills, and I didn’t want to go ski it without the kids. We did take one run from the summit on the groomed blue and black runs on the third day. The fourth day we got dumped on, with at least 18” on top of overnight. We spent the morning skiing the blacks off of Eagle. Our instructor thought the kids were ready by then but Honeycomb was closed for avy work. So it will have to be next time.

 

Our instructor, Eric, could not have been better. He pushed the kids to improve but never on terrain they couldn’t handle, and the same for me. He understood that I wanted to ski with the kids and didn’t try to push me to separate to go do more difficult terrain with him, but we still managed to find me an hour of challenge on the last full day  in the powder when the kids desperately needed a break. He was incredibly patient and encouraging to my wife, and got her alone on the third day and really rebuilt her confidence so that on our last half day she went and skied by herself for 2 hours off of Moonbeam.

 

Travel was simple as could be. Canyon Transportation to and from the airport. Rental equipment was nice, Atomics as the base and I demo’d, which I reported in a different thread. We shipped our clothes and boots and my wife’s skis by Fedex. The Inn at Solitude was fine. Clean, nice people, heated pool and hot tub. Pretty weak water pressure for showering, which was amusing. 100 yards from the Apex Quad. Nice ski locker room in the building, although it is in the lowest level of the inn with the only access to the slopes by way of a pretty decent flight of concrete steps. At least they were indoors, but I found that setup odd and a little less convenient than it should be.

 

There is really nothing to do there but ski during the day. The Club is fun for the kids but during the day there really isn’t anyone there. The guys at the Stone Haus pizza place were great, and entertained my 16-year old who had hurt her knee playing hockey and couldn’t ski. For the most part, the people were extremely friendly and helpful, although it is so laid back there that there is a good contingent of off-hours folks who aren’t that knowledgeable about things. We didn’t have a car, and my wife wanted to take my 16-year old to the movies one day, but no one could really give her a good plan of what to do so they just bagged it. But, since it is so laid back and uncrowded there, that isn’t a big deal most of the time. Guys in the rental shop were helpful and friendly. I walked in at 8:15 on the morning of the dumping pow and grabbed a pair of Coaxs, no big deal or crowd. It was great to have the Dead on Sirius in one breakfast spot and Zeppelin at the other!

 

The Stone Haus Pizza joint was actually pretty good and the lunch food in the mountain lodges was very good. I didn’t think things were too expensive and everything was prepared pretty much to order. The only minor complaint I would have is the limitation in food in the evening. We didn’t eat at St B’s, which I hear is very good but the food choices are a little formal for the kids. Kimi’s is supposed to be the more casual spot, but we weren’t impressed and thought it was overpriced. Little things bugged us there too, like having a request to change a reservation denied and then walking in to an empty dining room, and not being allowed to substitute anything, even on the kids menu. I can understand a chef taking pride in his work, but to have a rigid and somewhat limited menu when you are supposed to be the casual restaurant of only three in the village is just the wrong vibe. We ended up heading down to the Silver Fork Lodge for dinner two nights, which was a lot of fun. Excellent “boot beer”!

 

So overall it was exactly as I had expected. Fantastic skiing, great snow, beautiful place, self-contained and simple. Great first trip out West. I was constantly amazed at the fact that we were there the week between Christmas and New Years, everyone there was saying how full the resort was, and yet we never had to wait to get back up the mountain! It really felt like being let in on some giant secret. And even so we still didn’t ski a huge chunk of what the place has to offer. I think it would be nice to have a little more nearby action for those who ski less, and for my wife it would be good to sleep below 8,000 feet, so I can’t imagine that it will be the only place we ever go, but I would go back in a heartbeat.

post #28 of 28

Glad you had a great time. We got there on the 29th so we overlapped with you one day! We always get a condo because of the limited eat out options...

* Altitude - many many ski places, esp. in Colorado, have a higher base than Solitude so that would be a problem for your wife in many western areas - you could try staying in SLC and coming up every day.  Our older daughter has a problem with altitude and after a couple of years with her throwing up and huge headache the first evening (....), we switched to staying in SLC the first night for her to acclimatize.  But the last two years she has had prescription altitude sickness meds from our dr and she has done absolutely great on that going up right from the airport.  You might try that.

* Agree with everything else - especially such slow pace, some staff seem kind of clueless!  Although overall the service is very good.

* Go to Brighton next time. But you'll have to go back to go down Honeycomb too - huge rite of passage for kids.

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