Caroline Gleich finds powder and solitude at Solitude Resort.
Hidden in plain sight may be the best way to describe Solitude Resort in Utah’s Big Cottonwood Canyon. In many areas, these 1200 acres would be the flagship ski resort, but with five other world class resorts just over one ridge or another, and a sixth just up the road, Solitude has a tendency to get over looked in the Wasatch. The resort limits season pass sales to keep pressure from Salt Lake City down, and even at the busiest times, there is rarely a lift line. But this is still the Cottonwood Canyons, which means 500 inches of continental snow on an average year.
Once summer hits, the resort maintains 20 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails, and it’s not uncommon to see moose near Evergreen pond. From the village, there is also quick access to the areas best mountain bike trail, the Wasatch Crest, which drops from Guardsman Pass down to Salt Lake City. Just over the ridge, Park City’s vast network becomes available as well.
Average Snowfall:500 inches
TopElevation: 10,035 ft. (3,059 m) Summit Chair Top
BottomElevation: 7,988 ft. (2,435 m) Eagle Express Chair Bottom
Village Elevation: 8,175 ft.
VerticalDrop: 2,047 ft. (624 m)
TotalAcreage: 1,200 acres