Solitude Mountain Resort
They say Solitude isn't just a name, it's a promise. Ask a Solitude season pass holder, they'll tell you the mountain resort is a relaxed environment, offers dozens of runs for all levels, has an abundance of hidden powder stashes and offers up plenty of opportunities for skiers and riders to challenge themselves. Up for the challenge? Solitude is an intermediate skier's delight. More than half of the 1,200 acres, 65 runs, 8 lifts and 2,000 vertical feet are labeled for those in the middle. All told, it is no wonder Solitude caught the eye of, Deer Valley (Utah's #1 ranked ski resort for grooming and service), who assumed operation after the season in 2015, and soon began importing Deer Valley's renowned culinary program and hospitality. It's crazy to think with all that mountainscape and the canyon's average 500 annual inches of The Greatest Snow on Earth® that peaceful seclusion is possible. Nevertheless, solitude is very much a reality. With so many incredible mountain ski resorts within an hour of Salt Lake City International Airport, there is certainly enough mountain to go around.
Speaking of peaceful seclusion, Honeycomb Canyon is a must-visit corner of Solitude for advanced skiing. This is an area you can spend an entire day and never hit the same track. These same fanatics swear Honeycomb Canyon is even better a week after a good storm. How is this possible? Well, the canyon is oriented such that its slopes never get baked, both sides of the canyon stay prime throughout the day. In addition, Utah's climate keeps the snow fluffy — though the canyons rarely go a week without a storm. Of course, you have to be willing to walk to get to some of Honeycomb's best.
On the other side of the spectrum, Moonbeam is a solid beginners lift with access to both base areas —ideal if the family is switching up runs and parents need to split the levels of expertise among their flock.
At the base, Solitude serves up an array of lodging and dining in their Bavarian-style village complete with Swiss Chalets. The Library bar is warm and inviting, a little nook in the lodge where true to its name you can cozy up with your book and toddy.
Skiing in Solitude
Top 5 Ways to Enjoy Winter at Solitude Mountain ResortLove front-row parking? You just might get a chance at Solitude Mountain Ski Resort, where crowds are few and 65 named trails over 1,200 acres of terrain means you might just be able to enjoy a solo run. Warm up your ski legs off Sunrise and Moonbeam Express lifts, while experts choose among the trails off Summit, Eagle Express and Powderhorn II lifts.1. Headwall Forest | Black DiamondLet everyone else have black-diamond groomers when you can duck out of the crowd and into the trees. Accessed by the Summit lift, Headwall Forest offers some steep tree skiing where there’s always fresh snow, and plenty of options to choose tracks leading to the various shots. Extend your time on the mountain by traversing across Corner Chute to Evergreen for some sweet chute skiing. All told, your entire trip is about a 1,246-foot vertical drop.2. Nordic CenterYou don’t have to be a downhill master to have fun at Solitude. With more than 14 miles of trails for both classic and skate-style skiing, there’s plenty of room for Nordic fans. A shuttle runs from the main entrance to the Village, but you can also access trails from the Village side of the Nordic park. An additional 6 miles of snowshoe trails meander throughout the area.3. Serenity | Blue SquareGet a great mix of challenge and pretty views with a trip down the Serenity trail. Start on the Eagle Express lift and ski down the Eagle Ridge run until it turns onto Serenity. The top of this groomed trail is steep but then calms down. It varies from wide to narrow with occasional tree islands popping up to give you a little variety. The vertical drop is about 1,350 feet, but you know you can do it again and again and again.4. Yurt Dining AdventureIf you’re looking for a different dining experience, strap on some snowshoes and follow your guide from the Village through a moonlit forest. The Yurt, lit with lanterns, beckons in a clearing. Inside, warm up, ditch the layers and watch the chef prepare a delicious five-course dinner. You’re less than a mile away from the Village, but it feels like you’re out in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nature. Reports call this culinary experience “amazing” and that there’s “nothing else like it.” Helpful tip: bring your own alcohol.
5. Honeycomb Canyon | Black DiamondFor an in-bounds backcountry experience where you can mine powder stashes and earn your turns, head on over to Honeycomb Canyon. The off-piste glade and chute skiing has four lift entrances: Summit, Powderhorn II, Eagle Express and Honeycomb. From the Summit lift, choose skier’s left for the west side or skier’s right for the east side of the canyon. From all but the Summit lift, you’ll be skiing the east side of the canyon. Hardcore skiers can boot pack to the top of Fantasy Ridge (10,400-foot elevation) from the Summit lift and hit one of the chutes down to the named chutes. Advanced intermediate skiers have an option here, too: Woodlawn, which cuts through the canyon, is groomed approximately once a week.
Solitude Mountain Resort
12000 Big Cottonwood Canyon
Solitude, CA 84121-9790