I wasn’t traveling for work this week, so it was time to dust off my snowboard and hit the mountain. There are many Utah ski resorts to choose from, but this time I wanted to visit Solitude ski resort. Solitude Mountain Resort is 30 miles outside Salt Lake City and the scenic drive is spectacular! The drive thorugh through the Big Cottonwood Canyon is breathtaking and a great way to start off your outdoorsy day in a bea-UTAH-ful state!
The People at Solitude Mountain Resort
I reached out to Emily Summers at Solitude Mountain Resort to learn more about the mountain and upcoming events. She was kind enough to sponsor BaldThoughts with 2-day passes and lunch so that we could experience the mountain for ourselves and share our experience. To top it off, I also got some sweet stickers for my board! Just like Emily, the staff I interacted with at the chair lifts and in the food court so friendly and kind throughout the entire day.
The Weather at Solitude Ski Resort
Living in Utah for the past year, I finally have the time (and courage) to give snowboarding a try for the first time. Everyone talks about Utah ski resorts having some of the best snow in the country. You know what? They were right! I may be a rookie, but even a novice like me can tell that the powder at Solitude ski resort was pretty epic., and they were right! The great part of snowboarding this time of year is that it is extra warm on the mountain, about 45 degrees while I was riding! Makes for an extra sunny/sweaty experience.
And to top it off, March was the perfect time to go boarding. The snowpack is still deep, yet you don’t have to bundle up like Ralphie from A Christmas Story. During my visit to Solitude Mountain Resort, the temperature was a mild 45 degrees. I was getting so warm from the activity and sun, that I was tempted to take off my ski jacket.
The Solitude Mountain Resort
With so many different trails across this large resort, there are trails for everyone any skill level! The Solitude ski resort is over 1,200 acres with almost 80 runs. Solitude also includes a great mix of flat trails for cross-country skiing, steep slopes for speed, and even moguls for experienced skiers. There is something to do for everyone!
There is a ton of space for skiers and snowboarders of all levels to showcase their skills! During my trip to Solitude Mountain Resort, I never waited longer than 60 seconds for a lift.
My one regret was not bringing my GoPro camera to capture the action of bombing down these slopes… and when I say “bomb”, I mean falling down repeatedly. HAHAHA I’m thinking of getting a GoPro for my next visit to Solitude ski resort. How about you?
The Grub at Solitude Ski Resort
To add to the experience, the food in the lodge was incredible. Solitude ski resort has 10 different food & drink locations to choose from. Whether you are on the slopes or at the base of the mountain, you’ll find some tasty grub at affordable prices. Click here to check out all of the dining options at Solitude Mountain Resort.
My buddy Jake decided to go with their Chili Bread Bowl, which he effectively demolished. And to wash it down, he enjoyed a cold Uinta Brewing Company microbrew. I went with the Pulled Pork Sandwich with crunchy onion rings added on top. It was so good, I almost went back for a second helping. The food was nearly as good as the snow!
Is Solitude Ski Resort Affordable?
Solitude adult lift tickets are $83 per day for adults, which is fairly normal for a quality mountain. Children 6 and under are free with a paid adult. And there are discounts for seniors, children 7-13, and the military (active duty or veterans).
You can also save money by buying a multi-day pass, an afternoon lift ticket, or a season pass. As a beginner (like me), you can save more than 25% off your lift ticket by buying the beginner pass that limits you to the Link and Moonbeam chairlifts.
Click here for the latest prices and ticket information at Solitude Mountain Resort.
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Skiing and snowboarding can be incredibly dangerous. I had my fair share of falls while trying snowboarding for the first time. And some of the falls were more painful than others. Luckily, I didn’t get hurt. As a small suggestion, consider getting travel insurance from Allianz Classic Travel Insurance. Kids under 18 are covered for FREE! Click here to get a free quote.
Where to stay at Solitude Mountain Resort?
Although Solitude is only 30 minutes from Salt Lake City, Utah, some people would prefer to stay at ski resorts rather than drive back and forth from the city. I know Lee would prefer to get his usual royal treatment from the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City.
Personally, I would stay up on the mountain if I didn’t live locally. The Inn at Solitude seems like a pretty solid choice. If that doesn’t fit your style or budget, there are several other options to choose from.
The Bald Thoughts
If you love fresh power, checking out the Utah ski resorts is an absolute must. Regardless if you are a first-timer or the next Shawn White, I would absolutely recommend Solitude Mountain Resorts. It is a quick drive from Salt Lake City along a scenic valley. And you’ll find some of the best snow in the country at Solitude ski resorts. Although the fun ends when the lifts shut down at 4pm, this resort encompasses what being in the snow community is all about – delicious food, beer, and killer powder!