Solitude Mountain, Utah
The modernization of Solitude has created one of Utah’s best compact winter destinations with great terrain for every level of skier and rider.
Solitude is aptly named. Tucked away in Big Cottonwood Canyon with neighboring Brighton, it doesn’t get the attention of say Snowbird and Alta just one canyon over. There are only 425 beds at the base, so it hardly qualifies as a big resort. all of which is excellent news for those few visitors seeking the trademark solitude and excellent skiing spread over 12,000 acres.
“Cozy” might be an over worked adjective, but it certainly applies here. Solitude is family-owned and it shows. Loyal guests come back here year after year and staff members demonstrate the same loyalty (the director of slope-side maintenance, for example, has worked here since 1986).
The base itself suggests an old European mountain town in miniature, complete with a Bavarian-style inn, central clock tower, low-rise condo blocks and stores. Despite its newness, there is an old-world feel. It’s quiet during the day and even quieter in the evening when the guests—mostly families—leave the one apres-ski spot, the Thirsty Squirrel, and drift along the snow-banked lanes, first to the small selection of restaurants, and then to an early night in the luxurious condos.
But don’t be fooled by its size. Especially when combined with Brighton (both resorts are covered in a single lift ticket), Solitude offers a variety and depth of terrain.
Photo by Steve Giordano
Solitude has recently opened the new 12,000-square-foot Moonbeam Day Lodge with restaurant, bar, fireside lounge and skier services near the day skiers’ parking lot. Adjacent to it, a quad chairlift takes skiers and riders to mid-mountain in the middle of Solitude’s best intermediate and beginner terrain.
Vacationers who want to taste the region’s wide variety of skiing, riding and off-mountain activities may want to consider staying in nearby Salt Lake City.
Photos courtesy of Solitude Mountain Resort