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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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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7 Clients at the Solitude Yurt

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.

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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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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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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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Pow For Days!

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.

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