SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN RESORT
Of the four Ski City resorts, Solitude's name is a true description. Even on the busiest holiday ski days, there is a dearth of lines at the lifts and wonderful pockets of, yes, solitude, to be found all over this quirky hill. It’s inexplicable really how much elbow room there is to be had at Solitude—located a mere 6 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon, above a metropolitan area of 2 million people, with three of the world’s storied resorts just next door.
The runs at Solitude are busiest around the base but, again, busy is relative. We’ve never waited more than five minutes in a lift line. Up top, things thin out even more, and if you make the trek back into Honeycomb Canyon, you’ll feel like a regular Sir Edmund Hillary. Although chances are, on a powder day, you won’t be entirely alone. In fact, on a powder day you can attribute short lines to the base to the lure of Honeycomb Canyon’s tree runs and powder stashes, which remain in play for days, and one of the longest vertical runs in Utah: Wood Lawn to Honeycomb Return.
And despite the steeps and big bowl skiing back in Honeycomb Canyon, (there’s a double-black run called “Here Be Dragons,” just sayin’) Solitude is friendly to beginners. Most of its front 40 is made up of beginner and intermediate terrain, which draws families with young learners and out-of-towners still getting their legs under them before taking on the more challenging slopes at Snowbird and Alta in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Bottom line: Solitude is an openly kept secret that rewards skiers of every level with a unique experience of quiet and small crowds.
Solitude Snow Report
NUMBER OF RUNS: 65
Beginner Terrain: 20%
Intermediate Terrain: 50%
Advanced Terrain: 30%
Average Snowfall: 500"+
Base Elevation: 8,175ft
Summit Elevation: 10,035ft
Vertical Drop: 2,047ft
Miles to Major Airport: 33mi
Area Day - $
Area PM - $
Area Day - Child $
SKI SCHOOL: YES
Solitude Snowsports Academy
Because both children and adults learn through play, the emphasis here is coupling fun with safety and technique. Call 801-536-5730.
Back Tracks Guided Backcountry Tours
Explore the famous Utah backcountry with two guides, all the gear needed, and a tremendous lunch from Creekside Restaurant.
The Inn at Solitude
Nestled slopeside in the village, this true ski-in/ski-out property offers the intimacy of a Bavarian lodge and the service of a luxury hotel.
Solitude Resort Lodging
These alpine condominiums are furnished with the finest amenities, offering spacious living rooms, gourmet kitchens, and fireplaces.
From the family-friendly Creekside Restaurant's European menu to fine dining at St. Bernard's, Solitude has something for everyone's taste buds. The Yurt, our adventure dining experience, is one not to miss: Nordic ski or snowshoe to the Mongolian-style yurt and enjoy five courses of Rocky Mountain cuisine. Refuel at the convenient Stone Haus Pizzeria & Creamery, featuring Starbucks™ coffee; our two locally flavored pubs, Thirsty Squirrel and Argenta Pub; and three on-mountain restaurants.
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