Posted By: Solitude Mountain, October 16, 2017
“The Greatest Snow on Earth®.” The 500-inch annual average snowfall that graces the slopes of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah have long held this claim. It’s a combination of the geography and snowy climate that produces frequent storms, a soft underlying surface, and right-side-up snowfall (meaning the snow starts out wet and dries out as it stacks up).
According to Jim Steenburgh, an avid skier and atmospheric scientist at the University of Utah (known as “Professor Powder”), these variables, along with other specific meteorological details give the Wasatch its unique weather. In his book, Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth, Steenburgh comments that few places exist like it in the world.
Posted By: Nick Como, January 17, 2017
Choosing which resort to go to is an easy call - few lift lines, fewer people - we all know why we’re Solitude skiers. But, how do you make the most of your sick err...powder days? Here’s my strategy on typical storm days to maximize vertical, catch a few terrain openings and get more than my fair share of the goods!
Posted By: Matt Farinelli, February 20, 2016
Powderhorn. I call it “PoHo." For starters, it’s a pretty apropos abbreviation. It's also perfect, because when people text me to see where I’m skiing, “PoHo” is the longest response I want to type without gloves on. However, the real reason I like this nickname is because my friend Julianna said it and I immediately though it sounded like something Samuel L. Jackson would say in just about any movie. As in, “That po’ ho’ didn’t even see it comin’!” Whatever, you get the idea. What it boils down to is that I’m an unabashed fan of anything SLJ related as well as this chairlift I’m about to gush over.
Posted By: Jess & Brian Maness, January 5, 2016
With the inversions, low temps and icy roads, winter in the Wasatch Valley can be a long and dark time of year. The lakes have frozen over, the mountain bike trails are covered in snow and any outdoor festivals have packed up for the year. Cabin fever sets in as you and your loved one cycle through a DVR full of re-runs and brace for that ever increasing heating bill. Luckily, we live 20 minutes door-to-door from some of the best skiing in the world, an opportunity for the two of you to burn off some much needed energy. But, like any couples activity, you need to approach it with some patience, mutual support, and of course, understanding. Bickering and fighting on the chairlift does not look good on anyone, so here are a few tips to avoid an "IKEA" sized fight on the slopes. (Most married couples with get that reference.)
Posted By: Nick Como, December 23, 2015
Christmas presents are best when they are delivered on time. And when there are 24 of them dropped off overnight, I just might go ahead and call it ALL. TIME!
This storm dropped 24 inches (that's two feet for those of you counting at home), at Solitude in 24 hours. Dozens of fellow skiers claimed it to be the best day of skiing in the Wasatch in the last five or ten years, maybe longer, and they just might be right.
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