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In 1959, in the heart of Utah's Wasatch Mountains, a small ski resort was opened, mostly to cater for local skiers from Salt Lake City, 23 miles away. From the start it was a homely, casual, easy-going sort of place and although it has now grown into a leading Utah resort with a wide variety of skiing and excellent facilities to match, the friendly unpretentious atmosphere is still very much in evidence.

The only Utah resort catering for both cross country and Alpine skiers (prepared trails). Construction of a European-style base village began in 1995.

Mountain

The season usually runs from early November through to late April with an average annual snowfall of 405 inches. There are 63 named runs and 3 bowls plus 400 acres of off-piste skiing in pristine Honeycomb Canyon. 20% of the runs are for beginners, while half the mountain is suitable for intermediates and 30% for advanced skiers. The resort operates a joint Slobright ticket in conjunction with neighbouring Brighton ski area, it is possible to ski between the two. Solitude is the only Utah resort which caters for both alpine and cross-country skiers with 20km of prepared nordic trails. The Solitude Nordic Centre, located 1.5 miles (2km) above the main ski area, is a full-service area offering cross-country rentals and lessons.

Families

The Moonbeam Centre is a unique learning area for children aged 4 to 12 years. A variety of programs are on offer with classes taught by highly trained instructors to meet the special learning requirements of children. Kids "learn to ski" beginner packages available. Registration opens at 9.00am, classes run from 10.00am to 3.30pm. Single, all-day program for all levels (includes lunch and supervision) $55. Half-day program for all levels $35.

Eating Out

Solitude has seven dining options in its new Village. In the heart of the resort, Creekside offers oven baked specialities including fresh pasta, pizza and salads. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Sunshine Grill (as the name implies) is the place to relax on the sundeck for lunch or a quick snack.

Apres

The Main Lodge at Entry No 2 houses the Solitude Club (for members) and the Thirsty Squirrel. There's locally brewed beer, wine, mixed drinks and comfortable surroundings and is the gathering place for the Yurt and Roundhouse dining departures. The Thirsty Squirrel is where local skiers gather and reflect on the day's powder skiing. In 2009 a new law came into effect changing Utah’s bar scene. In the past purchasing a temporary membership was required to get into a bar or club. Bars, pubs and clubs now have an open door policy to welcome all comers over 21 and no longer require customers to purchase a temporary membership.

// HIGHLIGHTS //
Vertical drop
624m
Resort height
2438m
Airport
Salt Lake City
Train station
Salt Lake City
beginner
20%
intermediate
50%
expert
30%