Fifty years ago, the first skiers took to Solitude’s slopes. It was comparatively small and unassuming then. Today, if the resort remains pleasantly uncrowded, it spreads out over 1,200 acres of terrain. Solitude is truly removed, located 12 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon and possessing a quality of untouched beauty. This wide loneliness is not just scenery, either. The snow is plentiful and well-groomed, laid thick over every feature from the open bowl to the steep and swift chute. Indeed, the resort is so high in the mountains that it averages 500 inches of snow a year.
Solitude has cultivated friendliness to all skill levels of snow-boarders and skiers. Terrain parks are typically rough on the untrained skier or snow-boarder, but Solitude’s terrain park is more fun than frightening. Thrill and powder seekers can take on the tricky, snow-deep Honeycomb Canyon. The Moonbeam Lodge and Moonbeam quad lift provides a convenient stop-off and home base for any skier or boarder . . . and their children as well, as the Lodge offers babysitting. However, if you’d rather ski with your children, there is the Snowsports Academy and its lessons for both kids and adults. Whether you and yours are just starting out on skis or a board or simply looking to improve techniques, this is a fine, fun place to learn.
Solitude’s Nordic Center is a different kind of winter experience. This is less about the downhill kinetics of the rest of the resort and more about the endurance related disciplines. The Center’s 20 kilometers of terrain are filled with trees and trails, trails great for snowshoeing, as well as skate and classic cross-country skiing. The variety both of terrain and of trails means that Solitude has a little something to appeal to everyone. The resort is located 28 miles east of Salt Lake City’s downtown.