All guests who use Solitude Mountain Resort’s lifts and participate in snowsports or other activities while on Resort property are responsible for knowing and understanding the following (click the links below):
If you need assistance or witness an accident, please notify a Solitude Ski Patrol staff member, Solitude lift attendant, or call 801.536.5753. Please provide the location of the injured party as well as their approximate age, gender, and the nature of their injury or illness. To protect an injured person, plant your snowboard or plant and vertically cross your skis in the snow uphill from the person until Ski Patrol arrives.
Solitude Mountain Resort is committed to providing a fun and safe snowsports experience for all of our guests. Before you finalize your plans to visit Solitude, review the list below of allowable on-mountain equipment and a list of those devices that are prohibited on our mountain. All equipment must have retention devices appropriate for the equipment and recommended by the manufacturer.
Alpine touring and telemark skis
We Do Not Allow
Sleds or sliding devices
*Reasonable accommodations will be made for adaptive skiers with approved specialized equipment specifically designed for use by skiers with a disability. Solitude Mountain Resort works closely with the National Ability Center to provide qualified instruction and mobility devices when requested in advance. Should you require these services, please contact the National Ability Center at 435.649.3991 or visit discovernac.org
All adaptive equipment, including ski bikes and ski trikes, may be used by persons with disabilities outside of an instructional session ONLY with prior notification. Please contact the National Ability Center for an evaluation of the equipment for appropriate safety and retention devices. At the same time, they will determine that the individual using the mobility device is trained in loading and unloading lifts with or without assistance and that the device is compatible with our ski lifts.
If you have any questions, please contact Tim Wolfgram, Director of Snowsports Services at 801.536.5731.
Fantasy Ridge and Honeycomb Ridge are located at the top of Honeycomb Canyon and form part of our southern boundary. They include the two highest points on the resort — Honeycomb Peak (10,488 ft.) and Black Bess Peak (10,479 ft.) — and provide access to Black Bess and Honeycomb Chutes. This area has many cliffs, hanging snowfields, and skiable terrain exceeding 50 degrees in slope, plus unmarked hazards and constantly-changing snow conditions. Honeycomb Ridge is susceptible to rapid wind loading and large cornice formation. Avalanche mitigation work may be in progress at any time.
Expert skiing/snowboarding skills are highly recommended as a fall in these areas may result in significant injuries or death. Rescue in these areas may be prolonged due to the remoteness and technical nature of the terrain. It is the responsibility of the pass holder to know where they are at all times.
Solitude Mountain Resort limits the use of Honeycomb Ridge to Solitude Mountain Resort pass holders only; this terrain is closed to backcountry users for the safety of Solitude's guests and staff members. Honeycomb Ridge may be closed due to avalanche hazards when the terrain below is open. Solitude Mountain Resort pass holders are only allowed to ski/snowboard Honeycomb Ridge terrain when the Fantasy Ridge access gate is open.
Salt Lake County law states that it is unlawful for any person for the purpose of skiing/snowboarding or other reason to go upon any area designated as closed or avalanche closed. Violators will be prosecuted and is punishable by a Class B misdemeanor. Please contact Solitude Ski Patrol at 801.536.5753 with any questions.
The Highway to Heaven area is located within the Solitude Mountain Resort boundary and is often mistaken for backcountry. The Resort includes terrain from the Highway to Heaven access gate all the way to Twin Lakes Pass. Skiing in this area requires hiking to access the lift-served portion of the Resort.
PLEASE NOTE: Avalanche mitigation efforts, including work with explosives, may be in progress in this area at any time. This area may be closed for other reasons other than avalanche mitigation work, and it is your responsibility to know whether this terrain is open or closed at any given time. For questions regarding this area, please refer to the On The Mountain page or contact Solitude Ski Patrol dispatch a 801.536.5753 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Solitude Mountain Resort does not allow unauthorized uphill travel within its Resort boundaries. Due to the tremendous amount of avalanche mitigation work that is frequently conducted throughout the winter operating season, users traveling uphill through the Resort to access backcountry terrain can easily find themselves in areas where avalanche mitigation work is in progress. This places uphill travelers directly in harm’s way and impedes the Ski Patrol from safely performing their duties as well as restricts their ability to open the mountain for our guests in a timely manner.
Snowmaking operations, grooming equipment, snowmobiles, and downhill skiers/snowboarders can also present hazards to uphill users on a 24-hour basis. Solitude cannot represent to the public that there is a safe area or time to allow uphill traffic within the Resort’s Special Use Permit Area.
Backcountry terrain in Silver Fork Canyon can be accessed by users traveling up Church Road or from various trailheads along the canyon highway.
There is no uphill travel allowed at Solitude Mountain Resort.
Please read all signs. Use common sense.
1. Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride, and unload safely.
Know the code; it’s your responsibility. This is a partial list; be safety conscious.
As a condition and consideration for use of the ski area, the user expressly assumes all risks of injury or death related in any way to snowsports — including the negligence of Solitude Mountain Resort and its employees — while involved with snowsports. The user represents that they are able to load, ride, and unload lifts properly. The user will read all signs and mountain information including the trail map. The right to use the Resort area may be revoked without compensation for violation of this agreement.
Professional patrollers are present on the mountain daily, providing our guests with emergency assistance and information. Ski Patrol buildings are located at the top of the Powderhorn and Summit Express chairlifts. The Solitude Salt Lake Regional Medical Clinic is located in the basement of the Last Chance Lodge, which is located near the base of the Apex Express chairlift.
Solitude Mountain Resort currently has two avalanche rescue dogs working during the winter season: Rio, a female yellow Labrador retriever; and Lumen, a Labrador retriever/German shorthair pointer mix. All of Solitude’s avalanche rescue dogs have passed Wasatch Backcountry Rescue’s "Level A” – their highest-level certification for avalanche search and rescue. These dogs are an incredible asset to Solitude Ski Patrol’s program. Check out the avalanche dog demonstrations at the bottom of the Apex Express chairlift scheduled throughout the season.
Solitude Mountain Resort hosts an avalanche beacon park for Big Cottonwood Canyon users to practice their search and rescue skills, located on the west end of the Moonbeam parking lot. The park offers four buried targets for single and multiple burial practice. The availability of the park is weather dependent.
If you need assistance or witness an accident, please notify a Solitude Ski Patrol staff member, Solitude lift attendant, or call 801.536.5753. Note and communicate your location to expedite the response from Ski Patrol. When skiing in Honeycomb Canyon, look for letters (A - Z) posted on trees to indicate your location on the hill; when skiing SolBright, look for numbers (1 - 20). To protect an injured person, plant your snowboard or plant and vertically cross your skis in the snow uphill from the person until Ski Patrol arrives.
Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, under the direction of Dr. Andrew Cooper, operates a medical clinic on the lower level of the Last Chance Lodge, located near the base of the Apex Express chairlift. The clinic works closely with our professional Ski Patrol staff and accepts most insurance policies.
Please visit if you are experiencing any symptoms of cold, flu, altitude sickness, sunburn, frostbite, or any other ailment or injury that could disrupt your day or your vacation. Equipped with x-ray capabilities and appropriate staffing, the clinic can help with many orthopedic injuries as well.
From December 1, 2018 through April 14, 2019, the clinic is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The phone number is 435.776.7522.
Solitude Mountain Resort is committed to providing great outdoor experiences for our guests. Our mountain trail system is a multi-use system that includes both hiking and biking. Safety is our number one priority. Closed-toe shoes are recommended for all lift riders and mountain users. Please review all summer mountain policies below.
In our effort to provide a quality experience, we have restricted the use of the following equipment on our mountain:
In order to best serve all guests who use our mountain facilities, we are unable to accommodate large mountain bike groups (15 or more bikers riding as a group) on the mountain on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. We welcome large groups to the mountain any time Monday through Thursday.
No camping or open fires are allowed in Solitude parking lots or on mountain at any time.
Helmets are required for all biking activities anywhere on Solitude Mountain Resort property to help ensure your safety. Before mountain biking at Solitude, please know all mountain bike trail etiquette and traffic regulations listed below:
Solitude Mountain Resort is located in the Salt Lake City Watershed Region. Please use restrooms and stay out of the creeks and lakes around the Resort. Although restroom facilities are not available at our Moonbeam Lodge base area, restrooms are open daily in Solitude Village. To see more watershed information, click here.
Mountain biking involves risk of serious injury or death. Your knowledge, decisions, and actions contribute to your safety and that of others. Please note that trails are not cleared at the end of the day, and we recommend that you ride with a buddy at all times.
Mountain bike trails are rough and demanding on both the bike and body. Before riding, always inspect your equipment or have it checked by a qualified bike mechanic.
Our summer slopes offer an on-mountain playground for all ages, but before you begin your day of adventure remember to check the weather and trail conditions, and then pack the essentials. Use this handy checklist to prepare.
Consider the weather
Summer weather in the mountains can change drastically in a matter of hours, or sometimes minutes. Rain, hail, and even snow are a possibility when you are at high elevation.
When hiking, choose appropriate footwear
For a short day hike that does not involve a heavy pack of technical terrain, sneakers or trail shoes will work well. If you are traveling over more technical terrain or carrying a heavy load, hiking boots are recommended.
Bring extra food
Any number of things can keep you out longer than expected – such as getting lost, enjoying time by a stream, an injury, or difficult terrain. Extra food will help boost energy and morale.
Bring extra water
Hydrating during a high-altitude adventure is key to avoiding dehydration. Consuming too little water will make you more susceptible to altitude sickness and hypothermia.
Carry rain gear and extra clothing
Dressing in layers allows you to adjust to changing weather and activity levels. Avoid cotton (it keeps moisture close to your skin) and always carry a hat.
Wear sunscreen and sunglasses
If you are above tree-line when there is a skin-scorching combination of sun and late season snow, you will need sunglasses to prevent snow blindness. Sunscreen is also essential, especially because the summer months at high altitude can deliver 40% – 50% greater sun intensity than at sea level.
Carry a map and compass/GPS
A map and compass not only tell you where you are and how far you have to go, but they can also help you find campsites, water, and an emergency exit route in the event of an accident. While GPS units are very useful, always carry a map and compass as a backup.
Hiking at high elevation
The high-elevation backcountry of the Wasatch Mountains is an explorer’s wonderland, but recreating at high altitude has significant effects on the human body and mind. Above 8,000 feet, altitude sickness affects 20-30 percent of visitors from low elevations to some degree. The first thing most people notice is a shortness of breath, especially when exercising. In addition, your heart is likely to beat faster and one may develop nausea, unusual tiredness, and headaches. Those with one or more of these symptoms may have Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If the symptoms do not subside quickly, call a doctor. Most importantly, listen to your body. Do not push the limits of your physical capabilities.
On-mountain vehicles & construction
The majority of mountain improvements and repairs to our facilities occur during the summer months, so guests should always be observant of construction hazards. Stay out of any construction zones or roped off areas. Vehicle access to Solitude Mountain Resort is limited to company vehicles or those having legitimate, approved business on the mountain. Vehicles may be encountered at any time, and terrain may temporarily be closed for maintenance.
For your own protection, please stay off chairlifts and towers. During our summer maintenance, chairlifts may start without warning.
Lightning & thunderstorms
The weather is notorious for changing quickly in the mountains. In the summer, that means you should be on the lookout for afternoon thunderstorms. If you notice one approaching, seek shelter when possible. Hike or bike with a rain jacket and other appropriate gear, know your surroundings and if inclement weather is approaching be sure to avoid ridgetops, lift houses, lift towers, power lines, open ski runs, fences, signposts, and the tallest tree or object in your vicinity.
No smoking, please. The fire danger in this area is very high during the summer. If you see, a wildfire please call 911 immediately.
Local wildlife & wildflowers
It's important to us to be stewards of the environment by interacting with our local flora and fauna respectfully and safely, and we ask our guests to do the same. That includes limiting travel to designated hiking and biking trails. If you encounter a wild animal, remain calm and back away slowly to ensure it does not feel threatened. Never approach or feed wildlife. Leave wildflowers and plants in their native spaces.
Alcohol is prohibited on all lifts at Solitude Mountain Resort. Due to fire hazards, smoking and open flames are not allowed on mountain or on Solitude lifts. In addition, the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act (UICAA) is designed to protect Utahns and visitors from exposure to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed indoor places of public access and publicly owned buildings and offices. Individuals who wish to smoke at Solitude Mountain Resort, must do so 25 feet away from all building entrances, exits, air intakes, or windows.
Solitude Mountain Resort is located in the Salt Lake City Protected Watershed. Dogs and pets are not allowed in Big Cottonwood Canyon, inside property lodges, or in vehicles during your visit except by special permit. For more information, please visit keepitpure.com.
Pursuant to the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), and federal regulations at 28 C.F.R. 36.301 et seq., it is Solitude Mountain Resort’s policy that service animals (which is defined within the ADA to be only dogs or miniature horses) are not permitted on open chairlifts at the resort, based on specific safety requirements determined by Solitude regarding the safety of guests and employees, as well as for the safety of the service animal. In addition, Solitude does not allow service animals to accompany guests skiing or snowboarding on mountain trails and ski runs, and all skiing and snowboarding terrain at the resort, again based on Solitude’s specific safety requirements concerning the safety of guests, employees, and the service animal. The policy of restricting service animals on chairlifts and from accompanying guests using Solitude’s skiing terrain applies to all animals, including pets and emotional support animals. Pets that are not service animals are restricted from Big Cottonwood Canyon per the Watershed Protection Ordinance. For more information on watershed policies visit keepitpure.com.
If a guest with a service animal seeks to visit an area of the mountain for a special event during summer operations, Solitude will work to provide alternative transportation to the venue on the mountain, contingent on the location, weather conditions, and other variables. It is recommended that guests provide 72-hour advanced notice when seeking transportation to on-mountain venues.
Due to the unique winter environmental conditions and the extreme terrain and weather conditions, Solitude does not allow or provide access to on-mountain venues during winter operations for guests with service animals.
At all times, the service animal must be under the control of its handler. The service animal shall have a harness, leash, or other tether, unless either the handler is unable because of a disability to use a harness, leash or other tether, or the use of a harness, leash, or other tether would interfere with the service animal’s safe and effective performance of work or tasks, in which case the service animal must be otherwise under the handler’s control (e.g., voice command, signals, or other effective means).
Authorized personnel will request the service animal be removed from the premises if: (1) The animal is out of control and the animal’s handler does not take immediate action to control the animal; or (2) the animal is not housebroken. If a service animal is removed, Solitude will make all reasonable efforts to provide the guest with a disability the opportunity to participate in the services or activities without the service animal on premise.