Like the yin to Park City’s yang, Solitude is a breath of fresh air, a place to retreat for some good old-fashioned family skiing with fun and varied trails, a laid-back pedestrian village, and just the right amount of tough terrain to keep things interesting. The lower front face is laced with winding beginner and intermediate runs, but the steeps and glades in Honeycomb Canyon are as satisfying as almost anything you’ll find in that other Cottonwood Canyon.
Alterra snatched up Solitude over the summer, making this little gem one of the newest Ikon Resorts.
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APRÈS SPOT Buy a patroller a beer at the Thirsty Squirrel and leave with a few terrain tips and tricks for tomorrow.
ON-HILL EATS The Roundhouse, destroyed by a fire, is back with the same awesome menu of Himalayan food.
BRAGGING RIGHTS Navarone, as in Guns of, is an overlooked tree run accessed through the gates atop the Eagle Express lift.
POWDER DAY While patrol is doing avy work in Honeycomb Canyon, take the Powderhorn lift before dropping into the treed and technical Milk Run or the gully ride Parachute. When the rope drops at the top of the Summit Express, sidestep uphill for the steep, shady glades of 3700 Bowl (between Buckeye and Black Forest). Next run, pick a line 30 feet farther over and repeat.
THREE DAYS LATER Poke around in the trees of Black Forest, or traverse skier's left into Honeycomb until you find the sweeping lines past Prince of Wales, where ample storm remnants await.
MUST HIT At the top of the Summit Express, boot-pack up the knife-edged Fantasy Ridge to Chutes 1—26 (there really are 26 distinct spillways, but some close when the snow is thin). Try 5 or 6 for rock-rimmed doglegs that fan out into Honeycomb Canyon.