Solitude Mountain Resort Blog


Bet the House On White

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.

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Season Passes And Ticket Paks Now On Sale

Posted By: Ryan Mayfield, July 25, 2017

Solitude Season Passes and Ticket Paks are now on sale online, in-person at the Powderhorn Ticket Office and by phone!

Don't miss out on new Season Pass savings! Save more when you purchase your Season Pass before Labor Day, September 4, 2017. Beginning September 5 through October 31, 2017, Season Pass prices will increase.

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Solitude Joins 2017-2018 Wasatch Benefit Program

Posted By: Ryan Mayfield, July 6, 2017

Enjoy Shared Pass Privileges with the 2017-2018 Wasatch Benefit Program!

The Wasatch Benefit Program returns for its fifth consecutive winter season with the addition of Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

The Wasatch Benefit Program is a collaboration between Alta Ski Area, Deer Valley Resort, Snowbird and Solitude Mountain Resort to offer two complimentary day tickets to the other three resorts to qualifying season pass holders. 

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Opening Day Check-In

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.

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SKI Magazine Resort Review

Posted By: Ryan Mayfield, October 20, 2016

Last year, Solitude landed at No. 30 in these rankings and here it is rising up to No. 21. Is this the touch of its new Deer Valley owners? The food definitely improved this past season (No. 19), and there was a night-and-day difference in the extent and quality of the grooming (No. 9). But the realignment of the high-speed Apex lift to access a new high-speed Summit chair was a game changer. While old-timers grumbled (“Don’t spoil a good thing…the addition of the high-speed Summit lift was not an improvement”), the rest of us were thrilled to trade a long ride on two ancient lifts for two high-speed hops to the top of Honeycomb Canyon. (“The new Summit lift is wonderful. It opens up the best terrain with a good reliable lift.”)

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Remembering the 2015 - 2016 Season

Posted By: Jess & Brian Maness, May 2, 2016

With the great weather and multiple/consistent powder days, this year's ski season was arguably one of the best winters in recent memory. Even with a lot of personal changes and large upcoming events (new house, wedding planning) we managed to get up to Solitude every weekend, even managing to fit in a few weekday runs as well. But with all the bluebird days and 13" overnight dumps, I think our favorite memory of the season comes down to one day.

Back in December, Brian brought his friend and colleague, Justin Gomes, up to Solitude for his first day of snowboarding. Justin moved to Salt Lake from from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a year ago. Brian spent the majority of the summer convincing Justin that sliding or skiing was the only way to spend winters in Utah.

The final straw was when Brian gave Justin his old competition board stating, "Now you have no excuse."

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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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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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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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New Years Eve is the Worst. This Year Find Solitude

Posted By: Jeremy Pugh, December 31, 2015

It’s the one holiday that invariably disappoints. It’s a night out in heels trudging through the snow, waiting to get into a club, huge cover charges, cheap champagne, forced enthusiasm coupled with dark rumination about the year that was, a shot of something you’d never drink on any other occasion, followed by more cheap champagne. No kiss or a kiss with the wrong person. All of it leading to a wadded up tuxedo jacket in the corner the next morning and a hangover to welcome in 2016.

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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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