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.
Skiers seek out Solitude for its quality snow, fewer crowds, chill vibe, and decent value. With three seasons under its belt as an Ikon Pass resort, Solitude has managed to retain its “gem” status. Fans of the place know exactly why: In addition to a small but quaint village, friendly ambiance, and a location that’s just 34 miles from Salt Lake City’s super-navigable airport, Solitude’s Honeycomb Canyon is an expert’s haven of steep glades, cliffy sections, and bowls that have a backcountry feel while remaining inbounds.
In that same vein, the resort also boasts some of the best sidecountry access in the area, found off of the Summit lift. While there are not a ton of amenities, what’s here is good quality. Meet the locals at the Thirsty Squirrel or refuel at the Honeycomb Grill. At the end of the day, Solitude is a place for you if you crave great skiing without all the bells and whistles of, say, the glitzier destinations due northeast. – Samantha Berman
Resort Guide 2022—Solitude Mountain Resort, Utah
Solitude Mountain Resort Stats
Solitude Mountain Resort Pass Info
Solitude is on the Ikon Pass. Ikon Pass holders get unlimited access to the resorts. Ikon Base Pass holders get unlimited access with blackouts.
From lodging and and dining to off-slope activities and local tips, here are the SKI editors’ picks for what to do in Solitude, Utah.
Lap the Apex Express to take advantage of powder stashes in the trees, chalky moguls, and other treasures off this high-speed quad.
Fuel up for the day at the Silverfork Lodge & Restaurant. The breakfast menu, featuring sweet options such as Bananas Foster French toast as well as savory selections like the homemade corned beef hash, is divine.
Buy a patroller a beer at the Thirsty Squirrel and leave with a few terrain tips and tricks for tomorrow.
The Roundhouse, destroyed by a fire, is back with the same awesome menu of Himalayan food.
Navarone, as in Guns of, is an overlooked tree run accessed through the gates atop the Eagle Express lift.
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.
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.
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