Solitude Mountain Resort Blog


Brotherly Love

Posted By: Jeremy Pugh, January 30, 2016

Aaron pops out of the trees in Honeycomb Canyon smiling through a snow-laden beard.

“Dude, we are coming back up here. There’s like three feet of powder in these

chutes.”

This is exploring Solitude with my younger brother.

We don’t see each other as often as we’d like even though we live in the same city. Usual life's reasons are to blame, he’s got twin 3-year-olds, I’m a busy freelancer, blah, blah blah. But we miss each other in that aloof, "all is well man" way, so I pretty much jump at any chance he and I get to pal around as just us brothers.

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Down with the Dirty Water Burger

Posted By: Jeremy Pugh, January 26, 2016

The dirty water burger. Ugh.

It’s the bane of ski resort grub. Sure, they smell good. That’s how they lure you in. That’s how they get ya. The sound of sizzling and smoke of charred beef floats across the base area runs, drawing you to the boisterous patio like one of Pavlov’s dogs.

But when you get up to the grill you see that it’s just a taste-bud teasing mirage.

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Solitude is for Lovers

Posted By: Nick Como, January 23, 2016

This is probably a more apt title for a Valentine's Day post, than one in mid-January. But, bear with me: As I write this, Laura and I are currently packing our bags for Mexico for our wedding; and Solitude is where we met, and ultimately fell in love. In a way, we owe not only meeting almost four years ago to the day, but also our first few tests as a couple, to Solitude.

Rewind four years: Laura was working for a local television station as a producer for an outdoor travel show. Solitude, where I was working, was one of the destinations. Halfway through our day of filming, knowing we were both single, the show's host opined we should ride the lift together. Most people would venture to guess the next sentence should be "...and the rest is history." They'd be wrong.

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Ski and Play Day at Solitude

Posted By: Jillian Vogtli, January 22, 2016

For those of you with young children, a day on the slopes can present the dilemma of what to do with the little ones. I was thrilled to find that Solitude offers a variety of childcare and ski options in a state licensed Play Academy, where daycare is offered for ages two months to 12 years old and is open from                8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The variety of programs offer age-appropriate activities; for my little man the one that fit perfectly was the Ski & Play for ages 3-5.

Like most 4 year olds, my son is a mover and a doer, so the combination of play and ski time fit him perfectly. The program is located in the Snowsports Academy, which is just a short walk from the Moonbeam Express chairlift. For the Ski & Play Program there are three different times options offered:   9 a.m. to noon, 1 - 4 p.m. or all day. Upon arriving, we were greeted by a warm staff and a welcoming setting for children and parents alike. Please note that up until this point in the day my son had been insistent in saying that he didn't want to ski with a new instructor or play because he just wanted to ski with Mommy. However, he was swayed within three minutes of being there. He quickly hopped right into playing with the dinosaurs and puzzles with a couple of the other children and the childcare staff.

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Motivation for the Mountain

Posted By: Jess & Brian Maness, January 19, 2016

You may be the type of person who makes a mental note of how many ski days you’ve logged this year, or an ongoing plan about how you can always squeeze in one more hour of skiing in between work and errands. There are others who find themselves waking up on a Saturday morning, staring out the kitchen window, actively debating whether or not to start putting on their ski gear or crawl back into bed with a cup of coffee and Netflix. Even if you love skiing, the motivation to get headed in the direction of the ski slopes is sometimes the first challenge of the day. As a clinical psychologist, I can tell you that motivation is nothing more than the direction and intensity of your effort (hopefully towards the mountain). What can be helpful in ensuring that you accrue as many ski days as possible this year is understanding what affects motivation when you have already come up with 100 reasons to stay inside.

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First Look: The New Summit Express Chairlift

Posted By: Nick Como, January 18, 2016

I haven't been as excited for a Christmas present since...I can't remember when, as I was for the ribbon cutting on the new Summit Express, which opened on Christmas Eve, 2015.

The previous Summit was a classic, vintage double lift. So vintage, in fact, Solitude sold off the chairs individually rather than in its entirety to be recycled to a smaller mom-and-pop resort. Clearly, it was time for an upgrade.

A new lift here has been planned for almost a decade, but the lift line and bottom station had been a constant debate for just as long. One idea was to start the lift in the village, next to Apex and take a straight shot over Lake Solitude to the peak. Another plan was to replace Sunrise and Summit with a combination lift that would have an angle station at the top of Sunrise, then on to the peak.

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Solitude Mountain Resort Hosts Backcountry BASECAMP

Posted By: Ryan Mayfield, January 13, 2016

Solitude Mountain Resort is hosting a multi-day, hands-on Backcountry BASECAMP in conjunction with Backcountry Magazine. Held Saturday, January 16 through Monday, January 18, editors of Backcountry Magazine, local guides and forecasters, AIARE instructors, and apparel and gear experts will be at Solitude Mountain Resort for the kickoff of BASECAMP's 2016 North America tour.

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Skiing Moguls and Powder

Posted By: Jillian Vogtli, January 8, 2016

From flats to steeps, corduroy to punchy un-groomed, powder to bumps, skiing regardless of the terrain offers a variety of challenges. Let’s go over some pointers to help you navigate your way through some of the hardest tests you’ll encounter while exploring the mountain.

For starters, wherever you are on the mountain, always start with your weight on the balls of your feet and your shins pressed into the fronts of your boots while keeping your hands in front of your body, core engaged (navel pulled slightly into your spine), and your vision in front of you. All of these things will help you move down the mountain in the offensive position rather than in the back seat, or defensive position.

Now that we’ve covered the basics let’s move to what the focus should be while specifically skiing moguls and powder.

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Solitude Snowsports Academy and New Ski Buddies

Posted By: Nick Como, January 6, 2016

My (future) in-laws, Laura’s sister, Melissa, and her husband, Kiley, decided to come down to visit for an impromptu weekend of skiing at Solitude Mountain Resort. Neither of them had been on the slopes in well over fifteen years, and had never progressed beyond the intermediate level.

I assumed they would leave their decade-old gear at home in Idaho and take a lesson their first day at Solitude. A lot of rust can build over the years: literally on gear, but also figuratively on ski form and ability. Not only has gear dramatically improved in fifteen years, but that's a long time to be off of skis. For all intents and purposes, it’s close to having never skied - which seemed obvious to me.

“Nah, we’ll be fine,” was the response I got, “We’ll just wing it.” I’ve seen many ski trips begin and promptly end with this plan. So, I signed them both up for a three-hour private lesson and equipment rentals immediately.

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A Couples Guide to Skiing

Posted By: Jess & Brian Maness, January 5, 2016

With the inversions, low temps and icy roads, winter in the Wasatch Valley can be a long and dark time of year. The lakes have frozen over, the mountain bike trails are covered in snow and any outdoor festivals have packed up for the year. Cabin fever sets in as you and your loved one cycle through a DVR full of re-runs and brace for that ever increasing heating bill. Luckily, we live 20 minutes door-to-door from some of the best skiing in the world, an opportunity for the two of you to burn off some much needed energy. But, like any couples activity, you need to approach it with some patience, mutual support, and of course, understanding. Bickering and fighting on the chairlift does not look good on anyone, so here are a few tips to avoid an "IKEA" sized fight on the slopes. (Most married couples with get that reference.)

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