Solitude Ski Resort Review
Solitude Utah is renowned for uncrowded slopes and plenty of powder, the perfect combination for powder hounds. “Solitude” describes the calm and quietness of the relatively undiscovered Solitude Ski Resort, especially when compared with the crowds at nearby resorts. The resort’s old mottos of “their ignorance, your bliss” and “if only you knew” pretty much sum up how quiet this ski resort is.
The Solitude Ski Resort Utah remains fairly unknown possibly because it used to be a mere local ski hill. Millions of dollars have lead to a major transformation into a destination resort with a pedestrian-only European style village. Despite the development, Solitude has to compete with the famous ski resorts in the next canyon over, so it predominantly remains a mountain for locals. Thankfully Solitude doesn’t have the associated local attitude but rather has a culture that is completely laid-back. Others that make the most of the “solitude” are families who want a quiet ski vacation, and true powder hounds who enjoy the high likelihood of finding fresh tracks.
Solitude Ski and Snowboard Terrain
Typical for Utah, Solitude Ski Resort has light dry powder and an average of over 500 inches (12.7 metres) of snowfall annually. The Solitude Mountain Resort
terrain includes open bowls, steep chutes, groomed cruisers, and great fall line skiing through the trees. Solitude Utah is fairly small at only 486 hectares (1,200 acres), but the size is somewhat misleading. There is enough terrain to satisfy all ability levels and the best thing about Solitude Mountain is that you don’t have to share it with too many others.
Another 425 hectares of skiing terrain is available at Brighton Ski Resort
, although the term “skiing terrain” is not fully apt because Brighton is very popular with snowboarders. The two resorts are interconnected via the SolBright run using a joint lift ticket.
Where is Solitude Utah?
Solitude Ski Resort is located in Big Cottonwood Canyon, only 29 miles from downtown Salt Lake City
and a 40 minute drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport, and only 30 miles from Park City
. Brighton Resort is 2 miles up the road from Solitude and is interconnected via the slopes, and there are many other Utah ski resorts
that are an easy drive away.
The village of Solitude is petite and very pretty, especially at night time. Most of the Solitude lodging
consists of condos that are just a couple of minutes walk to the slopes or ski-in ski-out. The Solitude condos (such as the Eagle Springs Lodges
) have access to some great facilities. The lovely hotel, the Inn at Solitude
, is conveniently ski-in ski-out.
Solitude Resort Lodging Listings
Summary of Pros and Cons
- It remains a mystery as to why Solitude Utah is still somewhat of a secret compared to neighbouring resorts. However the low profile tranquility of Solitude Ski Resort is what makes it such a great resort, especially for powder hounds, so shhhhh….. don’t tell anyone.
- The Solitude snow quality and quantity is excellent.
- Solitude Ski Resort has a decent spread of terrain for all ability levels.
- The resort is very family friendly and the proximity of the Solitude accommodations to the slopes is a major bonus.
- Like some of the other Utah ski resorts, its proximity to a major airport is a bonus.
- Solitude Resort is very reasonably priced (so far), especially relative to the Park City resorts and Snowbird.
Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
- Solitude is small relative to some of the other Utah ski resorts, but it’s interconnected with Brighton to make it a decent sized ski area.
- The lift layout is awkward and there are a couple of slow old clunkers. This helps keep the crowds away, although Deer Valley has plans to improve one of the key lifts.
- Après ski activities and nightlife are very subdued in the Solitude village, and evening dining options are rather narrow.
- Activities other than skiing are also limited, and if you’re looking for plenty of shopping opportunities then you’d better head to Park City instead.
- Solitude Utah is now owned by Deer Valley. The likely outcome of this is that upgrades will be made to the infrastructure, prices will increase, and more powder poachers will turn up.
Tours That Include Solitude