Solitude Mountain Resort Blog


Introducing New Skiers to Solitude

Posted By: Jess & Brian Maness, January 31, 2017

There is nothing better than when out-of-town friends finally come to visit you in Utah. You’ve been talking up the mountains, the snow, and yes, the beer, for years. We were lucky enough to have the Steves in town: Steve Bergan and Stephen Mitchell of Seattle. When you finally have guests, you want to ensure that you are showing them the best that Utah has to offer. You can give them the option of getting up to Solitude Mountain Resort for some first tracks, or sleeping in and still getting a full day of skiing, since Solitude is so close. We and the Steves slept in.

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Opening Day Check-In

Posted By: Matt Farinelli, December 14, 2016

In my experience, opening days are usually exciting but at the same time generally forgettable. As far as my all-time first days go, most have seen more icy groomers than pow turns. Well not this year. Not at Solitude.


I wasn't there for true opening day on Friday, December 2, which I was certainly bummed about since Utah just finished up a 40-inch-plus storm cycle earlier in the week. Then a little bird told me (via @skisolitude on Instagram... hint, hint) that PoHo (Powderhorn) and Eagle Express weren't opening until first thing on Saturday, December 3, and things were suddenly looking up.

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SKI Magazine Resort Review

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.”)

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Remembering the 2015 - 2016 Season

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."

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Ski Season is not over quite yet

Posted By: Jillian Vogtli, April 13, 2016

With the daffodils in bloom and the hyacinth peeking through, it is hard to think that the ski season is not quite over. On top of that, it's still really good. I know, I know, most of us have the spring itch, myself included, but I put that aside and slid back into my ski boots and made the drive to Solitude (not in that order) to make some turns in the spring sunshine.

Upon arriving I made a quick stop in the Moonbeam Lodge where several Solitude instructors greeted me and said, "Welcome to your private playground." They weren't kidding as you'll see. 


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An Ode to PoHo

Posted By: Matt Farinelli, February 19, 2016

Powderhorn. I call it “PoHo." For starters, it’s a pretty apropos abbreviation. It's also perfect, because when people text me to see where I’m skiing, “PoHo” is the longest response I want to type without gloves on. However, the real reason I like this nickname is because my friend Julianna said it and I immediately though it sounded like something Samuel L. Jackson would say in just about any movie. As in, “That po’ ho’ didn’t even see it comin’!” Whatever, you get the idea. What it boils down to is that I’m an unabashed fan of anything SLJ related as well as this chairlift I’m about to gush over.

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Six Tips for Staying Healthy at Altitude

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!

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Valentines Day: Solitude for Two

Posted By: Jess & Brian Maness, February 12, 2016

Valentines day is one of the more polarizing holidays of the year. There are really three main stages of Valentines Day depending on your current relationship status. Stage one: you are single and all of the images of hearts, cupids and overwhelming love only point out your crushing loneliness to an annoying degree. Stage two: during the first 2-3 years of a new relationship. During this "honeymoon" period you exhaust way too much creative energy and funds on making it a day your significant other will always remember. But after you've surprised them with a singing quartets at work or filled their car full of roses you tend to settle into stage three: a nice dinner with the two of you is more than enough.

This year with a recent house purchase both Jess and I were feeling a bit of a financial squeeze. We both agreed that Valentines Day was an unnecessary expense and planned on skipping it altogether. But, unknown to her, I had started saving up some of my per diem money from a couple recent work trips so we would be able to have a nice and well deserved dinner.

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Nordic Skiing at Solitude with Olympian Aram Hajiyan

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.

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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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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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