Posted By: Matt Farinelli, December 14, 2016
In my experience, opening days are usually exciting but at the same time generally forgettable. As far as my all-time first days go, most have seen more icy groomers than pow turns. Well not this year. Not at Solitude.
I wasn't there for true opening day on Friday, December 2, which I was certainly bummed about since Utah just finished up a 40-inch-plus storm cycle earlier in the week. Then a little bird told me (via @skisolitude on Instagram... hint, hint) that PoHo (Powderhorn) and Eagle Express weren't opening until first thing on Saturday, December 3, and things were suddenly looking up.
Posted By: Nick Como, January 18, 2016
I haven't been as excited for a Christmas present since...I can't remember when, as I was for the ribbon cutting on the new Summit Express, which opened on Christmas Eve, 2015.
The previous Summit was a classic, vintage double lift. So vintage, in fact, Solitude sold off the chairs individually rather than in its entirety to be recycled to a smaller mom-and-pop resort. Clearly, it was time for an upgrade.
A new lift here has been planned for almost a decade, but the lift line and bottom station had been a constant debate for just as long. One idea was to start the lift in the village, next to Apex and take a straight shot over Lake Solitude to the peak. Another plan was to replace Sunrise and Summit with a combination lift that would have an angle station at the top of Sunrise, then on to the peak.
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