Posted By: Nick Como, January 17, 2017
Choosing which resort to go to is an easy call - few lift lines, fewer people - we all know why we’re Solitude skiers. But, how do you make the most of your sick err...powder days? Here’s my strategy on typical storm days to maximize vertical, catch a few terrain openings and get more than my fair share of the goods!
Posted By: Nick Como, December 21, 2016
Oooh baby, it’s cold outside. While staying indoors in comfy slippers, under a blanket in front of a roaring fire sounds great, storm day skiing is the best skiing. Here are a few tips on how to stay warm and chase snowflakes around the mountain.
Posted By: Nick Como, April 7, 2016
I started a new job this year at CHG Healthcare Services, with part of my responsibilities being the daunting task of entertaining seven clients from all points across the map for a two-day event. The goal is to teach our top clients a little about our industry, as well as providing a networking opportunity, while also showcasing our award-winning company culture which has consistently landed CHG on FORTUNE Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Of course, we also like show off Salt Lake City, and all it has to offer as a way to leave a lasting impression on these critical relationships.
There is a lot of information to cover, and if anyone has been locked in a room for more than a few hours for meetings can relate to the need to get up, stretch your legs and take a physical and mental break. Over time we’ve learned that a great way to keep clients engaged is to mix it up and hold offsite meetings.
When my team was faced with the challenge of finding a location that would offer a fun and unique experience for our guests, most of whom had never been to SLC. We decided to host our clients at Solitude. So, our group which consisted of clients from California, Florida, Wisconsin and Washington, spent a day connecting at Solitude.
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: 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: Nick Como, December 22, 2015
Christmas presents are best when they are delivered on time. And when there are 24 of them dropped off overnight, I just might go ahead and call it ALL. TIME!
This storm dropped 24 inches (that's two feet for those of you counting at home), at Solitude in 24 hours. Dozens of fellow skiers claimed it to be the best day of skiing in the Wasatch in the last five or ten years, maybe longer, and they just might be right.
Posted By: Nick Como, December 1, 2015
Who says you can't go back home? Solitude was where I worked, and played, for seven incredible years. My professional responsibility was to manage the public relations and marketing aspects of the resort. In a nutshell: attract people to Solitude Mountain Resort who would appreciate the unique character that is "solitude." It was the easiest "sell" I've ever had the pleasure to promote. As a skier at heart, I loved skiing fresh powder days after a storm or sharing with friends and family new to the sport miles of uncrowded groomed runs...and call it a job.
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