The best part about skiing here is that oftentimes the runs will be sparsely dotted with skiers and powder caches abound, even a few days after a storm. The serenity that embodies the mountain is seen in all aspects of the resort, the infrequent crowds, the idyllic Bavarianesque village at the base of the mountain and perhaps the most impressive element of the resort is the breathtaking peaks, forests and snow-covered meadows that surround it.
This mountain has 1,200 acres of terrain, more than 65 runs, three bowls and over 2,000 feet of vertical. All skill levels will enjoy, 20 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, and 30 percent for advanced and expert skiers only. The terrain is accessed by a number of lifts, the bowls are also accessible by the lifts. Expert and advanced skiers have to check out the Honeycomb Bowl, which boasts some of the best back-country terrain in the entire area. For a slower paced day, the area has over 20km of Nordic tracks and more than 10km of snowshoeing trails.
The ski area also hosts an extensive variety of ski lessons. Their illustrious Snowsports Academy offers four types of lessons, alpine skiing, snowboarding, telemarking and Nordic skiing. The classes are designed for all ages and abilities, all lessons are taught by certified professionals and group sizes are kept quite small. As an added bonus, more advanced skiers may be interested in signing up for Solitude’s renowned, Back Tracks Program, which is lead by a highly trained ski patrol. Back Tracks groups will be lead out of bounds and taught avalanche safety and avoidance, equipment safety, and lunch is included in the cost of the lesson.
The mountain has basic amenities including the Village Hosts who are available and ready to help suggest activities, book lodging and dining, and aid guests in any way to ensure a fantastic vacation. They are also the go-to people to find great deals and discounts on an array of activities both within the village and outside of it. Daycare, medical services, and a full service repair and rental shop are available on the premises as well. Since Solitude has made peace and relaxation an art, rejuvenation is also at your doorstep at Club Solitude featuring a sauna, pool, hot tub, games and movie nights.
Solitude is one of the smaller resorts in Utah, but what it lack in quantity it more than compensates for with quality. The 1,200 acre resort boasts more than 65 named trails, three bowls (including the much sought after Honeycomb Bowl) and over 2,000 vertical feet to shred. The lift lines are usually non-existent, but the resorts implementation of a smart card system that scans the lift ticket as you walk through the gate helps reduce the already minimal lines, so that boarders can maximize their time on the slopes.
The Fun Park at Solitude isn’t about huge features and enormous air, instead it caters to mainly beginners and intermediate boarders and freestyle skiers who want to brush up on their skills and practice new tricks. There are two separate sets of jumps, rails, jibs and boxes, a small hip and two rollers to enjoy. One set is specifically designed for smaller riders and the other size is a bit larger and perfect for beginner and intermediate adult riders and freestyle skiers.
The Back Tracks program guides adventurous boarders out of bounds and teaches them avalanche avoidance and safety for those who want to learn about riding backcountry. The tours are led by seasoned professionals and equipment and lunch is provided. The area also has an ice skating rink, cross country skiing, sauna and hot tub, or cozy up and watch a movie at Club Solitude. The surrounding area boasts heaps of outdoor activities from rock climbing and ice fishing to heli skiing, snowcat tours and a whole lot more.
The village is a far cry from the rambunctious nightlife in Park City, but the mountain and village offer a few great après ski pubs perfect for kicking back and unwinding after a full day on the mountain. The Thirsty Squirrel is located in town and has great drink specials throughout the week. The Argento Pub is located on the mountain in the Moonbeam Center and boasts a great selection of beer, wine and spirits.