Like many Utah resorts, the slopes of Solitude Mountain Resort first caught the eyes of silver miners when mining activity in Big Cottonwood peaked in the 1870s. Rugged silver miners first gave the area its name in the early 1900’s.
Legend has it that the impetus for creating Solitude arose when the original owner was prevented from using the restrooms at Alta which were reserved for lodge guests. Robert M. Barrett went and purchased a huge chunk of land in Big Cottonwood Canyon in 1956. Solitude Mountain Resort began spinning chairs in 1957 with two chairlifts.
Nowadays, Solitude is famous for its steep, fall line tree skiing, deep snow, sweeping groomers, approachable beginner terrain, and unbeatable powder stashes in Honeycomb Canyon. With two distinct villages, Solitude has great dining options, cozy nooks to relax and ample slopeside lodging.
Solitude has the feel of a local’s mountain. Friendly faces abound and you’ll often hear gleeful cackles in the lift line from the regulars stacking laps. Even though powder hounds congregate here to worship the greatest snow on earth, Solitude is often praised for its mellow vibe.
The Solitude Nordic Center is located between Solitude and Brighton resorts and offers snowshoeing and cross country skiing trails. The 13 trails cover 12 miles and offer terrain from easy to moderately difficult. The Nordic Center also offers over six miles of snowshoeing trails for those who want to take it slow and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Lessons, clinics, and workshops are offered throughout the winter.
Solitude Mountain is located just 29 miles from downtown Salt Lake City and it is possible to ski between Solitude and Brighton. Approximate driving times (in favorable driving conditions) and distances are listed below:
Salt Lake City: 29 miles – 40 minutes
Ogden: 65 miles – 1 hour, 10 minutes
Provo: 54 miles – 1 hour, 10 minutes
Logan: 110 miles – 2 hours
St. George: 311 miles – 4.5 hours
In a 5th Grader’s Words:
“You can get candy and go on the chair rides, then do some jumps, and there’s hot chocolate too.”
Ridge, age 10
Solitude has two main base areas, the Moonbeam Base Area (Entry 1) and the Solitude Village (Entry 2). The Solitude Snowsports Academy and rental shops each have locations at both base areas. It is best to park at the Moonbeam Lodge as Solitude Village has very limited parking and the covered parking is designated for lodging guests. The best beginner terrain is also accessed via the Moonbeam Base Area. The Moonbeam Lodge is a fantastic place to get ready for lessons, warm-up, grab a snack, or post up to wait for kiddos to finish shredding. The greatest diversity of dining options and the Thirsty Squirrel bar will be found at Solitude Village.
If you’re keen on first tracks, Solitude has a plethora of lodging options from condominiums to townhomes, lodges, and private homes. Ski-in and ski-out access is available from the Inn at Solitude. Lockers are provided to all lodging guests as well as access to hot tubs, heated outdoor pools and the fitness center, game room, and movie theatre at Club Solitude. Visit Solitude’s website to view lodging specials and package deals.
The Inn at Solitude
Soak up the feel of old Bavaria in this comfortable lodge that offers the amenities of a nice hotel. Enjoy ski-in and ski-out access from the center of Solitude’s village. Guests can enjoy exclusive activities such as early lift access and wine tastings.
Enjoy slopeside lodging with stunning vistas complete with ski-in and ski-out access. Units are available in one, two, and three-bedroom floor plans and include amenities such as rooftop hot tubs, gourmet kitchens, balconies, and wood-burning fireplaces.
For groups or families looking for a bit more space, the multi-level townhomes at the Crossings provide stunning views and your own, contained space. Fully stocked kitchens, fireplaces, hot tubs, balconies, a heated garage, and laundry are just some of the amenities at the Crossings Townhomes.
Eagle Springs Lodges
Inspired by the beauty of Tuscany, the one, two, and three-bedroom accommodations at Eagle Springs incorporate stone and timber construction to create a cozy and rustic atmosphere. These condominiums feature private balconies, gourmet kitchens, gas fireplaces, and underground parking.
The natural elegance of Solitude is captured in the spirit of the Powderhorn Lodge. One, two, and three-bedroom condominiums include kitchens, fireplaces, and access to an outdoor hot tub.
A select number of private, luxury homes set the scene for an unforgettable stay at Solitude. The homes, located steps from Solitude Village, offer close access to the chairlifts, privacy, and luxurious amenities.
To match its ample lodging, Solitude also boasts a huge diversity of dining options for resort guests. The wide variety of food and drink will be sure to please the pickiest of children. There are several eateries spread across the mountain and throughout the Solitude Village.
For a convenient option, the Moonbeam Lodge has a full-service cafeteria offering breakfast, lunch, and après food selections. This is likely the quickest and easiest option for families. The Roundhouse, up on the slopes, offers amazing Indian food as well as Wasatch-inspired mountain fare. If you crave some spice, the Last Chance Southwest Grill serves chili, tacos, soups, and nachos out of the Last Chance Lodge near the base of the Apex Express Chairlift.
For dining in the Solitude Village you’ll find three bars, fine dining, and delicious pizza. St. Bernard's, located in the The Inn at Solitude, features a buffet of European fare for dinner and a continental breakfast. Stone Haus Pizzeria and Creamery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner on a diverse menu featuring burritos, pizzas, panini sandwiches and more. This is an easy option for kids with a casual dining atmosphere and quick service. Lunch and dinner is available in the Honeycomb Grill, the closest eatery to the slopes, near Apex Express. Enjoy big views and a dynamic menu of contemporary American cuisine, craft cocktails, and a tempting wine list.
For adults on the hunt for après, the Argenta Pub, on the second floor of the Moonbeam Lodge, delivers cold beer, appetizers, and a cozy après atmosphere. The (in)famous Thirsty Squirrel located at the heart of the Solitude Village, offers hearty appetizers, good times, pool, and live music. The Library Bar adjacent to St. Bernard’s boasts a varied and fine wine list, creative appetizers, and a solid beer selection. Settle in to the oversized chairs and enjoy the upscale atmosphere and unparalleled views. Patrons of all three après spots must be 21+ in age.
Solitude does not offer childcare. However, children as young as three can be enrolled in ski school.
For a memorable visit, consider these unique points of interest when planning a trip to Solitude.
Silver Fork Lodge
Before pulling into Solitude, consider a hearty breakfast at the historic Silver Fork Lodge & Restaurant, open at 8:00 AM, 7 days a week. Brunch here is superb! The mining history in the area dates back to 1850, when a sprawling tent city housed miners and sawmill workers. The northwest corner of the Silver Fork Lodge was once a general store. This is also a great lodging option.
Solitude Avalanche Dog Demonstration
On select days throughout the winter season, the Solitude Ski Patrol will provide a demonstration with a pack of their amazing avalanche dogs. This opportunity should not be missed as it provides an interesting first step into avalanche education and fosters a deep appreciation for the skills and training honed by ski patrol and their pups. Kids enjoy this chance to learn about the dogs and will also have the opportunity to watch the dogs perform a mock rescue. Visit the Solitude website for dates and times.
Solitude Nordic Center
Over 20 kilometers of groomed trails await Nordic enthusiasts at the Nordic Center. The beautiful scenery and fresh mountain air of Solitude can be easily appreciated with a jaunt on skate or classic skis. Lessons, clinics, and rentals are available for those who want to learn or hone their skills. Snowshoe rentals are also available to explore the many trails around Solitude.