Posted By: Ryan Mayfield, October 20, 2016
Last year, Solitude landed at No. 30 in these rankings and here it is rising up to No. 21. Is this the touch of its new Deer Valley owners? The food definitely improved this past season (No. 19), and there was a night-and-day difference in the extent and quality of the grooming (No. 9). But the realignment of the high-speed Apex lift to access a new high-speed Summit chair was a game changer. While old-timers grumbled (“Don’t spoil a good thing…the addition of the high-speed Summit lift was not an improvement”), the rest of us were thrilled to trade a long ride on two ancient lifts for two high-speed hops to the top of Honeycomb Canyon. (“The new Summit lift is wonderful. It opens up the best terrain with a good reliable lift.”)
Posted By: Jess & Brian Maness, May 2, 2016
With the great weather and multiple/consistent powder days, this year's ski season was arguably one of the best winters in recent memory. Even with a lot of personal changes and large upcoming events (new house, wedding planning) we managed to get up to Solitude every weekend, even managing to fit in a few weekday runs as well. But with all the bluebird days and 13" overnight dumps, I think our favorite memory of the season comes down to one day.
Back in December, Brian brought his friend and colleague, Justin Gomes, up to Solitude for his first day of snowboarding. Justin moved to Salt Lake from from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a year ago. Brian spent the majority of the summer convincing Justin that sliding or skiing was the only way to spend winters in Utah.
The final straw was when Brian gave Justin his old competition board stating, "Now you have no excuse."
Posted By: Ryan Mayfield, March 6, 2016
Solitude Mountain Resort Avalanche Mitigation. Presented by The Ski Channel.
Posted By: Matt Farinelli, March 2, 2016
This honestly isn’t much of a fight. If it is a fight it’s Daniel San vs the Cobra Kai. Sure, they both knew karate. Perhaps it’s Mike Tyson’s come back “fight” against “Hurricane” Peter McNeelly. Those guys were both boxers. That’s about where the similarities start and stop though. Tyson put McNeelly down in a matter of seconds. While it was nice to see him fight again, it wasn’t very fulfilling. Daniel San was one sacred, undefendable kick (don’t look at me, Migyai was that one that said it was undefendable) away from getting his ass kicked for what, the 19th time?
Anyway, the point is, that’s how I feel about Argenta Pub vs. The Thirsty Squirrel. They’re both places to get a drink and a nosh. That’s about all they have in common. Which isn’t a negative and isn’t to say they both don’t have their place. They do.
Posted By: Jillian Vogtli, February 17, 2016
People traveling for their ski vacations typically come with an eagerness and visions of the perfect vacation, yet they forget about the altitude. Studies have shown that ski resorts above 8,000 feet pose the highest risk to those who are not acclimated to high elevations. Depending on the elevation that you live at, you may not feel the effects, but for those coming in from sea level it is helpful to keep in mind that at 8,000 feet, oxygen is reduced by 25%.
The base of Solitude Mountain Resort is 7,988 feet and the summit is 10,035 feet. With less oxygen in the air to breathe, there is potential for issues larger than shortness of breath, such as: headaches, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, and the worst case scenario: altitude sickness.
Below are six suggestions to help keep yourself healthy at altitude, so you and your loved ones can fully enjoy your vacation from start to finish!
Posted By: Ryan Mayfield, February 3, 2016
Two Olympic skiers walk onto a nordic skate skiing track. One is an Olympic Nordic Skier and coach and the other an Olympic Mogul Skier, seeking to be a skate skier. Neither knows the others background. What are the chances of this encounter?
As I met my instructor Aram Hajiyan, I notice his tag simply stated that he was the Nordic Center Manager, which is the truth. But never did he mention during our one and half hours together that he is also an Olympian who competed for Armenia in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. In hindsight, I think it was better I didn't know that until afterwards. The following is exactly what happened at the Solitude Nordic Center.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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