Solitude Mountain Resort

Ski resorts in USA
Between the West Coast and the Rocky Mountains sits the Wasatch Mountains in Utah. Traveling ski bums enjoy the heavy snows in the region and flock to places like Solitude Mountain Resort.

Located in Big Cottonwood Canyon, just a dozen miles east of southern Salt Lake City, the ski resort sits off state route 190. Those looking to fly can land in Salt Lake City International Airport, and plankers can also use bus lines or trains to reach the city.

Anyone driving from out of state can get to Salt Lake City using Interstate 15 or 80, depending upon the direction they are traveling. Drivers from Colorado looking for deeper powder can hit Interstate 80 in Wyoming or use I-70 before traveling north on I-15.

Off-Piste Skiing Outside the City Limit

Big Cottonwood Canyon is one of the snowiest canyons in the United States, which bodes well for rippers and shredders alike. That distinction translates into an average annual snowfall at Solitude Mountain Resort of 500 inches. A dedicated army of park rats call this ski area home and are willing to debate with fans of other winter venues nearby.

There are 1,200 skiable acres on the mountain that cater to all skill levels and interests. Guests looking to get into some Nordic skiing will find six green trails and six blue trails to challenge them. The resort provides clinics, workshops, and private group lessons for newbies to backcountry skiing.

Solitude Mountain Resort also has five snowshoe trails for anyone looking to get in a good workout after a fresh dump. Again, visitors can enjoy lessons if they haven't tried snowshoeing before. It is also worth noting that these trails are specific to either skiing or snowshoeing.

Skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoers can find all the amenities they need after a hard day at play. From dining to lodging, Solitude Mountain Resort provides everything plankers need. That includes individuals, families, and groups visiting the ski area.

Innovative and Well Designed

Solitude Mountain Resort was one of the first U.S. resorts to employ the RFID lift ticket system, an electronic method that improves the flow of skiers moving up the mountain.

Lifties operate nine lifts that include double, triple, quads, and a magic carpet. Between these devices and the RFID, guests rarely have a long wait to head back to the top. The gap between the base elevation of 7,994 feet and the top at 10,488 feet means that these lifts provide skiers access to a 2,494-foot verticle drop at Solitude Mountain Resort.

There are over 80 named runs across the 1,200 acres of Solitude Mountain Resort. Beginners have access to 10-percent of the mountain terrain, with intermediate trails representing 40-percent of the mountain. Rippers and shredders have 50-percent of the mountain's terrain to showcase their advanced skills on.

The high snowfall totals provide opportunities to cut fresh tracks on new snow, and the drop means that bombers better be wearing their brain buckets when skiing Solitude Mountain Resort.

Solitude Mountain Resort Snow forecast

  • Wednesday
    0.59 in rain
    Rain showers
    9 mph
  • Thursday
    0.35 in rain
    Rain showers
    7 mph
  • Friday
    0.04 in rain
    6 mph

Facts about Solitude Mountain Resort

Number of slopes:82
Easiest Green slopes:5
Intermediate Blue slopes:35
Advanced Black slopes:25
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:17
Longest slope:18373 ft

Lifts (Total: 9)
Chair lifts:8
Platter lift:1
Lift capacity:  12550 persons/hour

Vertical drop
Solitude Mountain Resort Vertical drop
Highest Point: 10486 ft
Vertical drop: 2493 ft
Base Point: 7992 ft
Skiable vertical drop: 2047 ft (The vertical drop you can ride in one go on skis)

Country: USA
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Reviews for Solitude Mountain Resort

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06/11/2021 (Modified: 06/11/2021)
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Solitude Mountain Resort Maybe a bit of a forgotten gem in Big Cottonwood Canyon, well really the whole of Big Cottonwood is a bit in the shadow of i... Read more (510 words)
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Really awesome skiing, both in the piste and in the off-piste. When you first come to the resort it feels very small and you wonder if it really was w... Read more (214 words)
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Can not but recommend Solitude. Three days after a heavy snowfall among the mountain peaks closest to Salt Lake City, Alta was completely uprooted. We... Read more (63 words)

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Rider: Robert Hortlund Photo: Henrik Liljeqvist

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