Mountain Facts - History
Far from the crowds at other resorts, 12 miles (19km) up Big Cottonwood Canyon, is a whole different world; a world where the sense of calm and peacefulness can only be described as "solitude." It's a place of unrivaled beauty. It’s a place where top-of-the-line skis can be delivered to you from Skis on the Run. With 64 trails, 1,200 acres (4.9 km2) and 2,047 feet (624 m) of vertical, Solitude is one of the smaller ski resorts near Salt Lake City, along with its neighbor Brighton. It is a family-oriented mountain, with a wider range of beginner and intermediate slopes than other Utah ski resorts. 70% of its slopes are graded "beginner" or "intermediate," the highest such ratio in the Salt Lake City area. Skis on the Run is also able to deliver and fit you with grade appropriate gear and equipment. Solitude was one of the first major US resorts to adopt an RFID lift ticket system, allowing lift lines to move more efficiently while reducing "lift poaching". It was followed by Alta Ski Area in 2007. Solitude is adjacent to Brighton Ski Resort near the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Solitude and Brighton offer a common "Solbright Pass" which provides access to both resorts for a nominal surcharge.
|Location||Big Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah|
|Top Elevation||10,035 ft / 3,059 m|
|Base Elevation||7,988 ft / 2,435 m|
|Total skiable acreage||1,200 acres / 4.9 km²|
|Longest run||3.5 miles (Honeycomb Trail)|
|Total number of chairlifts||8|
|Ability Levels: Easier||20%|
Lifts, Trails & Lodges
All ski resorts have chair lifts, but ours take you to new heights. That's what we mean when we say, "Refined by Nature." With over 1200 acres of skiable terrain, Solitude is one of Utah's most intimate and inviting winter resorts. Over 500 inches of annual snowfall covers: 65 named trails, three bowls and groomers for every ability level. We also offer a Nordic Center with nearly 20 kilometers of trails set for both classic and skating styles of Nordic skiing. And don't forget Honeycomb Canyon. It has some of the most awe inspiring, lift-served terrain in the country. With hardly any lift lines you won't have to wait to find your Solitude. You'll be deep in powder before you know it.
Most of Solitude's trails descend from a ridge (Eagle Ridge trail) which runs parallel with The Big Cottonwood Canyon Scenic Byway as it rises up the center of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Two lifts -- quad chairs Powder Horn II and Eagle Express-run to the top of Eagle Ridge, while quads Apex Express and Moonbeam Express feed the intermediate and beginner terrain (respectively) immediately below it. The back of Eagle Ridge drops into Honeycomb Canyon, a long valley with most of the resort's bowl skiing. Honeycomb Canyon is primarily accessed by the double Summit Chair, which runs behind Eagle Ridge to the mountain's summit; return access from the bottom of Honeycomb Canyon is also available via the Honeycomb Return quad. The Summit Chair also provides access to adjacent Brighton Ski Resort. Two more lifts, Link double and Sunrise triple, provide dedicated skiing areas for beginners.
Solitude's charming European-style pedestrian village is home to a wide range of accommodations, featuring luxurious 1-3 bedroom condos in unique, tasteful settings and the Bavarian style first-class hotel at the Inn at Solitude. Unwind after a day on the slopes in the large living areas while hot chocolate warms up in the gourmet kitchen. There is a condo size and configuration perfect for you and your family. The Inn is designed to pamper and relax, with amenities such as an on-site spa, ski in/out convenience and an attentive staff.
Enjoy family and fine dining, at Creekside Restaurant or St. Bernard's award winning country French cuisine. Adventurous diners can don snowshoes or cross-country skis for a 3/4 mile trek to the Yurt where a chef will prepare a 5 course meal in front of your eyes. Back in the Village, the Stone Haus Pizzeria & Creamery offers hot meal options all day, while the Thirsty Squirrel serves up any adult beverage of your choosing.
In the heart of the village, our lodging guests will find Club Solitude, featuring large-screen movies in the media room, a game room, and an outdoor heated pool and hot tubs. Other activities include ice skating, Nordic skiing, and family-centered events such as story-telling and puppet shows.
Get up-to-date ski conditions
Solitude averages 500" of "The Greatest Snow on Earth", which means conditions are always at their prime: no matter if it is powder or groomers you are after. Under this immense white blanket, you'll discover over 1,200 acres of wide-open bowls, tree runs, steep chutes and perfectly groomed gentle cruising slopes that are never crowded and always ready to thrill skiers and boarders of all ages and skill levels. The Snowsports Academy, with its fun atmosphere and small group sizes help either children or adults improve their technique and develop more confidence on the snow.
Solitude Nordic Center
Solitude Resort also operates a Nordic center. The Solitude Nordic Center, nestled between the Solitude and Brighton ski areas, offers a variety of Nordic sport opportunities, including snowshoeing, skate and classic cross-country skiing. The site's 13 cross-country skiing trails cover twelve miles (almost 20 km) evenly divided between "easiest" and "moderately difficult", including a long loop of two miles (3 km). Six snowshoe trails cover six miles (ten kilometers). Instruction and training workshops are offered.
You can have your equipment delivered to you in the comfort of your lodging and leave it at the Canyons in the overnight ski check. Just call Skis on the Run and you can have equipment from – Volkl, Nordica, K2, Salomon, Rossignol, Blizzard, Atomic or Dynastar. They also provide rental clothing, helmets, radios and other accessories in case your luggage was lost or you forgot anything. Prices are comparable to a traditional rental shop and everything is brought to you. If you have any problems Skis on the Run will meet you at the base of the mountain or where ever is most convenient for you, usually within 30 minutes. When you are done skiing simply call Skis on the Run and a ski technician will come pick up the equipment either at your lodging or where ever is most convenient for you.
Prices – Lift Tickets & Ski School
|2013/2014 Lift Ticket Prices|
|Adult Day Pass||$68|
|Senior Day Pass||$45|
|Junior Day Pass||$42|
|Children Under 6||Free|
|Children's Lesson Packages|
|Lesson packages for kids 5-12 include an all day lesson, lift tickets and lunch.|
|3 Day Lesson (Preseason)||$300|
|3 Day Lesson (Reg. Season)||$330|
|5 Day Lesson (Preseason)||$450|
|5 Day Lesson (Reg. Season)||$500|
|Children's Single Day Lessons|
|All Day Lesson (10am – 3:15pm) w/ Lift, Lunch||$150|
|Half Day Lesson (1pm-3:15pm)||$80|
|Adult Lesson Packages|
|All Day (Lesson Only)||$100|
|AM or PM Lesson only||$70|
|1 Hour||$150 - +$25 per person|
|2 Hour||$300 - +$25 per person|
|3 Hour||$350 - +$35 per person|
|6 Hour||$550 - +$35 per person|
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