Solitude is just like it sounds… secluded, serene (except maybe on busy IKON pass days), and typically blanketed in soft plentiful powder snow. Solitude’s 1,200 acres, located in Big Cottonwood Canyon just before Brighton, is great for families given the well-planned pedestrian skiers village – with a European architectural flair.
Solitude Village is like a European ski village, you can rent a convenient condo and walk to the slopes from Club Solitude, or stay in the Inn at Solitude – many rooms offer a deck and view of the slopes. Deer Valley and Solitude are now owned by Alterra – an Aspen multi-ski resort collection, part of the IKON pass, so its no longer such a quiet ski resort.
Skiers and snowboarders will find express six-packs and quads serving most of the 77 runs at Solitude, something for everyone. What you won’t find are lift lines or crowded lodges at Moonbeam or Mining Camp. There are plenty of groomers and wide boulevard trails like Main Street, Alta Bird and Sunshine Bowl, plus patrol gated chutes and glades in Honeycomb Canyon which is 400 acres of backcountry to explore off the 10,035-foot summit now serviced by a Summit Quad. You can actually ski to neighboring Brighton via the backcountry SolBright trail.
Parents will like Solitude’s 6 and under ski free, and the exceptional snowsports school. Solitude is super convenient as well, the Bavarian style base village has just enough restaurants and shops for a relaxing ski week – no need to drive, you can walk to everything.
For après ski at Solitude, the Thirsty Squirrel is where the locals go. For a western style saloon dinner of steak and ribs, grab a shuttle to the Silver Fork restaurant down the road.
For affordable lodging, you can stay at a slopeside condo, or a major hotel, like Residence Inn by Marriott, just down Big Cottonwood Canyon, and get suite spacious lodging for far less than being on mountain.
Your family is sure to find solace (and Colorado snow) at Solitude. Its a Top 10 Utah Family Ski Resort.
Solitude Mountain Resort Stats:
Summit Elevation: 10,035′
Ski Acreage: 1,200-acres
Trails: 77 plus three named snow bowls
Annual Snowfall: 500+”