Skiing Solitude Mountain Resort

We love Park City, Utah, and therefore, my ‘default’ Utah ski resort is Canyons. I truly love the terrain at this resort, but am so glad I was given the opportunity to go further afield. My day skiing Solitude Utah at Solitude Mountain resort had a completely different vibe.

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Located in the Wasatch Mountains only 40 minutes from Salt Lake City, Solitude is about the same distance from the airport as Park City, but feels much more remote. Lift tickets are lower priced, too. Note: the resort was recently bought by Deer Valley, which may result in changes of the lift ticket price variety, though long-time patrons are hopeful this won’t be the case. Regardless, families can expect a full mountain experience at Solitude, including a nordic center with groomed trails, and plenty of intermediate terrain on the alpine side. Experts will be well contented with the wide array of black diamonds, especially in Honeycomb Canyon, which sports the most double blacks, when open.

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We had a great time taking laps on the Eagle lift, which offers steep groomed black runs and nicely formed moguls. A small ski hut (it can’t quite be called a lodge, nor would you want it to be) sits at mid-mountain along the Eagle chair, making for a convenient warm-up or bathroom stop.

There’s a full village and central main lodge, allowing families to stay on-site at Solitude in any of the usual accommodations, ranging from village condos to hotel rooms and vacation homes, and the entire resort is only 20 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City (we stayed in the University district, and were 15 minutes away). You’re also just a stone’s throw from Brighton. A shuttle bus goes to and fro from the city daily, and a car park at the base of the mountain road to the resort offers another alternative for families without 4-wheel-drive, snow tires, or chains.

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Distance from the interstate:

Approximately 10 miles from I-15.

Lift ticket prices:

At time of this posting, $77/adult, $49/kids, and $57 for beginners. There’s also an option of a Solitude/Brighton combined ticket, which we would suggest only if staying to vacation multiple days. There’s enough to do at each mountain otherwise.

Directions:

Located just 12 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon, off I-15. Solitude is a short 40-minute drive from the Salt Lake International Airport, as well. Families in SLC can be on the mountain in under 30 minutes, a major perk of Utah skiing!

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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