Mountain Policies and Information

Winter | Summer | Year-Round

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.

Mountain Winter Equipment Policy

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.

Acceptable Equipment
Alpine skis
Monoskis
Snowblades
Snowboards
Alpine touring and telemark skis
Adaptive equipment*

We Do Not Allow
Ski bikes*
Ski trikes*
Snowskates
Snowshoes
Sleds or sliding devices
Ski kites

*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.

Winter Mountain Access Policies

Honeycomb Ridge Policy

Honeycomb Ridge is located at the top of Honeycomb Canyon and is part of our southern boundary. This terrain has many cliffs, hanging snowfields, and skiable terrain exceeding 50 degrees in slope. There are many 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. Honeycomb Ridge 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. Avalanche hazards include slab and loose snow slides, wind loading in the upper start zones, and cornice formation. Solitude Mountain Resort pass holders are only allowed to ski/snowboard the 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 and is punishable by a Class B misdemeanor. Violators will be prosecuted. Please contact Solitude Ski Patrol at 801.536.5753 with any questions.

 

Highway to Heaven

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.

Uphill Travel Policy

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 pose 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.

Your Winter Responsibility Code

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.

Ski Patrol Information

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 shorthaired 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.

Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
Avalanche Beacon Park

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.

Ski Patrol Information

If you need assistance or witness an accident, please notify a Solitude Ski Patrol staff member, Solitude lift attendant, or call 801.536.5753Please 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.

Medical Clinic

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.

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Summer Mountain Policies 

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.

Scooters, E-Bikes, and Motorized Vehicles

In our effort to provide a quality experience, we have restricted the use of the following equipment on our mountain:

  1. Scooters: both foot propelled and motorized scooters are prohibited
  2. E-bikes: known as electric bikes or power bikes, these are bicycles equipped with an integrated electric motor (generally battery operated), which provides propulsion beyond pedaling for the rider. These are prohibited at Solitude.
  3. Motorized Vehicles: Strictly prohibited on all private on-mountain roads and trails.

Mountain Bike Group Riding

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.

Camping Policy

No camping or open fires are allowed in Solitude parking lots or on mountain at any time.

Mountain Bike Safety and Trail Ettiquette

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:

  • All uphill traffic gets the right of way.
  • When going downhill, yield to uphill bike traffic, hikers, and disc golfers.
  • Stay alert. Proper yielding requires that you slow down before you near hikers or fellow riders when riding downhill.
  • Make sure to ride your bike on designated MTB trails, not hiking trails.
  • Please note that Easy Out and Krüzr are single-track, one-way trails permitting only downhill traffic.

Watershed

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 Biker's Responsibility Code

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.


ALWAYS:

  1. STAY IN CONTROL. You’re responsible for avoiding objects and people.
  2. KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Ride within your ability. Start small and work your way up.
  3. PROTECT YOURSELF. Use appropriate bike, helmet, and protective equipment.
  4. INSPECT AND MAINTAIN YOUR EQUIPMENT. Know your components and their operation prior to riding.
  5. BE LIFT SMART. Know how to load, ride, and unload lifts safely. Ask if you need help.
  6. INSPECT THE TRAILS AND FEATURES. Conditions change constantly; plan and adjust your ride accordingly.
  7. OBEY SIGNS AND WARNINGS. Stay on marked trails only. Keep off closed trails and features. Ride in the direction indicated.
  8. BE VISIBLE. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, feature, or landing, or where you are not visible.
  9. LOOK AND YIELD TO OTHERS. Look both ways and yield when entering or crossing a road or trail. When overtaking, use caution and yield to those ahead.
  10. COOPERATE. If you are involved in or witness an accident, identify yourself to staff.
  11. NO DRONES. The use of drones is not allowed at Solitude Mountain Resort.
  12. NO SMOKING. Smoking is not allowed on the mountain due to fire concerns.

Mountain Bike Checklist

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.

  1. Helmets are required at Solitude. Ensure your helmet is in good shape and properly adjusted.
  2. Inspect bike frame, fork, and other components for cracked, damaged, or dented areas.
  3. Check that your brake pads are in good condition and are not worn.
  4. Front and rear axles (skewers) should be tight.
  5. Headset and stem must be secure with no looseness or play.
  6. Check that your tires are in good condition with no tears or cuts in the sidewall.
  7. Handle bar and handle grips must be tight and unable to spin.
  8. Seat and seat post must be fastened securely.

Open Containers and Smoking 

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.

Drone Policy

The use of drones is not allowed anywhere at Solitude Mountain Resort.

Dogs and Pets

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.