Solitude Mountain Resort Blog


A Dining Tour of Solitude

Posted By: Nick Como, February 4, 2018

Skiing makes us hungry. Very, very hungry. Some of our “simpler” family members call us foodies. Not really, we’re more….eaters. 

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Solitude and I Team up to Teach my Fiancé to Ski

Posted By: Jess & Brian Maness, April 20, 2016

When I met Brian in 2011 at a wedding, he told me how he was an avid snowboarder from Montana. However, he noted that he had initially learned to ski as a little boy, and made the transition to snowboarding in the early 90’s, as it was “the totally sweet” thing to do at the time. Pictures in Brian’s parents’ home tell me that he also adopted popular 90’s snowboarding hairstyles such as the awesome long bull cut, over-sized Burton shirts and pants so baggy that no belt could hold them up.

When we lived in Seattle, I would ski while he would board. Pretty simple. No problem. We tackled any and all terrain in any conditions. In bumps and trees he would beat me down the mountain. On shoots and straight-aways I would beat him. It worked out fine.

When we moved to Utah in 2013, Brian made a proclamation, “It’s time for me become a skier again.” I was surprised and assured him that there were plenty of amazing boarders in Utah, and that he shouldn’t feel pressured by the billboards and skier on the Utah license plate. In the fall I came home from work to find that he had bought a full set of boots and skis. Not only did he buy skis, but he bought the heaviest and tallest pair of backcountry skis I have ever seen. These were so far out of his league I thought for sure he would be back on the board in no time. Nonetheless, I realized that now it was up to me to teach my then boyfriend how to ski.

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Ski Season is not over quite yet

Posted By: Jillian Vogtli, April 13, 2016

With the daffodils in bloom and the hyacinth peeking through, it is hard to think that the ski season is not quite over. On top of that, it's still really good. I know, I know, most of us have the spring itch, myself included, but I put that aside and slid back into my ski boots and made the drive to Solitude (not in that order) to make some turns in the spring sunshine.

Upon arriving I made a quick stop in the Moonbeam Lodge where several Solitude instructors greeted me and said, "Welcome to your private playground." They weren't kidding as you'll see. 


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Solitude Mountain Resort Avalanche Mitigation

Posted By: Ryan Mayfield, March 6, 2016

Solitude Mountain Resort Avalanche Mitigation. Presented by The Ski Channel

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An Ode to PoHo

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.

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Valentines Day: Solitude for Two

Posted By: Jess & Brian Maness, February 12, 2016

Valentines day is one of the more polarizing holidays of the year. There are really three main stages of Valentines Day depending on your current relationship status. Stage one: you are single and all of the images of hearts, cupids and overwhelming love only point out your crushing loneliness to an annoying degree. Stage two: during the first 2-3 years of a new relationship. During this "honeymoon" period you exhaust way too much creative energy and funds on making it a day your significant other will always remember. But after you've surprised them with a singing quartets at work or filled their car full of roses you tend to settle into stage three: a nice dinner with the two of you is more than enough.

This year with a recent house purchase both Jess and I were feeling a bit of a financial squeeze. We both agreed that Valentines Day was an unnecessary expense and planned on skipping it altogether. But, unknown to her, I had started saving up some of my per diem money from a couple recent work trips so we would be able to have a nice and well deserved dinner.

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Nordic Skiing at Solitude with Olympian Aram Hajiyan

Posted By: Ryan Mayfield, February 4, 2016

Two Olympic skiers walk onto a nordic skate skiing track. One is an Olympic Nordic Skier and coach and the other an Olympic Mogul Skier, seeking to be a skate skier. Neither knows the others background. What are the chances of this encounter?

As I met my instructor Aram Hajiyan, I notice his tag simply stated that he was the Nordic Center Manager, which is the truth. But never did he mention during our one and half hours together that he is also an Olympian who competed for Armenia in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. In hindsight, I think it was better I didn't know that until afterwards. The following is exactly what happened at the Solitude Nordic Center.

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Brotherly Love

Posted By: Jeremy Pugh, January 31, 2016

Aaron pops out of the trees in Honeycomb Canyon smiling through a snow-laden beard.

“Dude, we are coming back up here. There’s like three feet of powder in these

chutes.”

This is exploring Solitude with my younger brother.

We don’t see each other as often as we’d like even though we live in the same city. Usual life's reasons are to blame, he’s got twin 3-year-olds, I’m a busy freelancer, blah, blah blah. But we miss each other in that aloof, "all is well man" way, so I pretty much jump at any chance he and I get to pal around as just us brothers.

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Motivation for the Mountain

Posted By: Jess & Brian Maness, January 19, 2016

You may be the type of person who makes a mental note of how many ski days you’ve logged this year, or an ongoing plan about how you can always squeeze in one more hour of skiing in between work and errands. There are others who find themselves waking up on a Saturday morning, staring out the kitchen window, actively debating whether or not to start putting on their ski gear or crawl back into bed with a cup of coffee and Netflix. Even if you love skiing, the motivation to get headed in the direction of the ski slopes is sometimes the first challenge of the day. As a clinical psychologist, I can tell you that motivation is nothing more than the direction and intensity of your effort (hopefully towards the mountain). What can be helpful in ensuring that you accrue as many ski days as possible this year is understanding what affects motivation when you have already come up with 100 reasons to stay inside.

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First Look: The New Summit Express Chairlift

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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Solitude Snowsports Academy and New Ski Buddies

Posted By: Nick Como, January 6, 2016

My (future) in-laws, Laura’s sister, Melissa, and her husband, Kiley, decided to come down to visit for an impromptu weekend of skiing at Solitude Mountain Resort. Neither of them had been on the slopes in well over fifteen years, and had never progressed beyond the intermediate level.

I assumed they would leave their decade-old gear at home in Idaho and take a lesson their first day at Solitude. A lot of rust can build over the years: literally on gear, but also figuratively on ski form and ability. Not only has gear dramatically improved in fifteen years, but that's a long time to be off of skis. For all intents and purposes, it’s close to having never skied - which seemed obvious to me.

“Nah, we’ll be fine,” was the response I got, “We’ll just wing it.” I’ve seen many ski trips begin and promptly end with this plan. So, I signed them both up for a three-hour private lesson and equipment rentals immediately.

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A Couples Guide to Skiing

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.)

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Preparing Yourself for Holiday Skiing With Jillian Vogtli, Olympic Skier & Wellness Coach

Posted By: Jillian Vogtli, December 30, 2015

With the Holidays come and gone, many might be staring down an upcoming ski vacation or season and realize they’ve been so busy in the office and with other life obligations that they’re not feeling particularly ready physically to be on the mountain. No problem, I’m going to offer suggestions below so that we can tackle this dilemma together to help ensure that we all have a great ski season.

Below I will outline some exercises that will help you to find your way to a safer time on the mountain. These exercises can be done in your office, as they will not require the use of equipment beyond an office chair, a pair of socks and a couple of washcloths/hand towels with a mat being optional. I suggest choosing four of the exercises daily and doing them while taking a break, while brainstorming, or before lunch.

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Pow For Days!

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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Finding Solitude for the first time, again

Posted By: Jeremy Pugh, December 11, 2015

First days. Life is full of first days. First day of kindergarten, first  visit from the tooth fairy, first day of high school, college, first wedding day, first day in court, on and on and on. I, as a 43-year-old man, have well passed through all the firsts life has to offer, but every ski season I walk into the first day on the mountain like it was my first ever. It seems that the spring, summer and fall in-between winters instill a seasonal amnesia.

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