Solitude Mountain Resort Blog


2019 FIS Freestyle, Snowboarding and Freeski World Championships

Posted By: Ryan Mayfield, March 21, 2017

With the conclusion of the 2017 FIS World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain, the United States is taking center stage as the host nation for the bi-annual event. Utah ski destinations Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain and Solitude Mountain Resort will host skiing and snowboarding events during the 2019 FIS Freestyle, Snowboarding and Freeski World Championships, scheduled for Feb. 1-10, 2019.

Since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Utah has established itself as one of the World’s premier centers for winter action sports, hosting two previous World Championships as well as multiple FIS World Cups and Toyota U.S. Grand Prix. The 2019 World Championships will feature over 25 different medal events across eight sports, making it the largest winter sports event Utah has hosted since the Games. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), in partnership with the Utah Sports Commission, Park City Municipal Corporation and the host resorts, are working to maximize the impact of the event both domestically and globally. 

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Top Five Things You Must Have On The Mountain

Posted By: Julianna Smith, February 16, 2017

Don’t be the person on the hill who forgets any of these five crucial items. Check out the list below to ensure that you have all of the essentials for a day on the slopes, as determined by me, a genuine-real-life-person who rides regularly - basically an expert!

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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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How to Stay Warm on Your Ski Vacation

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.

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Package Deals for Affordable Winter Travel

Posted By: Emily Summers, June 22, 2016

Offering unbeatable value for prime skiing and snowboarding, Solitude Mountain Resort has released its 2016-2017 selection of winter vacation packages. For getaways accommodating extreme adventure or a tranquil winter break, Solitude's winter packages provides skiers and riders of all abilities access to more than 500” of annual snowfall, 1,200 acres of incredible terrain, 77 named runs, three bowls and some of the most impressive off-piste terrain in the country.

Guests booking winter packages with Solitude Resort Lodging are guaranteed the largest selection of accommodations in the Solitude Mountain Resort base area. Participating properties include The Inn at Solitude, Creekside condominiums, Powderhorn Lodge, Eagle Springs condominiums, The Crossings townhomes and a variety of private luxury homes. Available packages are outlined below. Guests can visit skisolitude.com to learn more of Solitude's full winter offerings. The resort's vacation planners are available at 800-748-4754 or 801-536-5765 to help create a custom vacation experience.

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June Events at Solitude Mountain Resort

Posted By: Ryan Mayfield, May 25, 2016

Summer at Solitude means that our slopes have transformed to bring you lift-served mountain biking and hiking with stunning views, scenic chairlift rides, a beautiful 18-hole disc golf course, mountain scooters, fishing and more.

The resort offers a variety of delicious dining options served on the outdoor deck of Honeycomb Grill and at Stone Haus Pizzeria & Creamery with unbeatable mountain views or stop by Thirsty Squirrel for après enjoyment. Join us for a summer of Solitude.

 

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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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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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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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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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Preparing Yourself for Holiday Skiing With Jillian Vogtli, Olympic Skier & Wellness Coach

Posted By: Jillian Vogtli, December 30, 2015

With the Holidays come and gone, many might be staring down an upcoming ski vacation or season and realize they’ve been so busy in the office and with other life obligations that they’re not feeling particularly ready physically to be on the mountain. No problem, I’m going to offer suggestions below so that we can tackle this dilemma together to help ensure that we all have a great ski season.

Below I will outline some exercises that will help you to find your way to a safer time on the mountain. These exercises can be done in your office, as they will not require the use of equipment beyond an office chair, a pair of socks and a couple of washcloths/hand towels with a mat being optional. I suggest choosing four of the exercises daily and doing them while taking a break, while brainstorming, or before lunch.

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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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