Solitude, Utah

Nov 1, 2008
Outside Magazine
Skiing powder, Solitude Mountain, Utah

Skiing powder at aptly named Solitude    Photo: Scott Markewitz/courtesy, Mountain Resort

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Snowfall: 500 inches
Area: 1,200 acres
Vertical Drop: 2,047 feet

Five hundred and seventy inches of snow fell here last winter. That's a lot of action for a place called Solitude. Just a ridgeline from Alta, Solitude is accessed by another canyon—which means it's still far less crowded than AltaBird, even though that secret was leaked 20 years ago. Two new high-speed quads on the lower mountain should relieve the morning bottleneck on the Sunrise chair, letting you hustle to the upper mountain and the well-spaced trees of the Headwall Forest. While Solitude isn't as big as some Utah resorts, the sidecountry feel of Honeycomb Canyon encourages you to hunt your powder over the course of a chill day. Which is followed by a chill night—the two bars shut down at 9:30.

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