I recall the first time I visited Solitude Mountain Resort. Back then it was just Solitude, and it was just $5 for a lift ticket. ($10 on the weekends). And the skiing? Well, I recall taking runs where it seemed my cousin and I were the only ones on the mountain.So it was yesterday while taking a break to warm up at the Apex day lodge Last Chance Mining Camp that I struck up a conversation with a gal who like me shared a history with Solitude.We both agreed that despite the changes that have been made over the years, the edition of the village, the high speed lift, that the feeling of skiing Solitude was as unique as it has ever been.As we walked through the village up to the new High Speed Quad that is Apex, I wondered where everyone was. I for one am not a fan of lift lines and I knew that I had come to the right place.Even on this Saturday before Christmas my buddy Shane and I were finding runs with nobody on them, lift lines that were two people deep (he and I) and untracked powder on every run.We lapped Powderhorn staying in the trees that is Concord and Paradise runs. A few laps later we were over on Sunrise lift finding more untracked on Timberline and Sensation. There were spots that needed additional coverage, but I wasn't complaining. I only hit one rock the entire day.Right now another storm is about to hit Solitude and the skiing is only getting better.