August 15 2023
Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT August 14, 2023 – Amid a transformational summer, Solitude Mountain Resort is making headway on several extensive summer projects. These developments are part of $16 million in capital improvements coming to the resort.
Eagle Express has been completely removed making way for the installation of the new high-speed 6-person lift. The new chairlift will load and unload guests at similar locations, with slight changes being made to enhance guest flow. Concrete foundations for new lift towers are being poured; terminal installations are scheduled to begin in September. Eagle Express is projected to be operational by mid-December, 2023.
To improve skier access to Honeycomb Canyon this winter, three new Wyssen remote avalanche control systems (RACS) are being installed off of Fantasy Ridge. These towers will allow Solitude’s avalanche mitigation team to remote-detonate explosive charges in key areas of the mountain.
Gravity Logic and the Solitude Bike Park team have been making progress on a series of new downhill mountain bike trails off of Moonbeam Express. Several technical and freeride trails are on pace to be completed and open to ride before the end of the season. These new trails will vary in difficulty level to accommodate riders of all skill levels.
Construction efforts on these enhancements will continue to impact current mountain operations. Along with Honeycomb Canyon, existing mountain bike trails Queen Bess, Serenity, and Eagle Ridge are currently closed while these projects are underway.
“We know these trail closures can be frustrating in the short term, and we’re grateful for the community’s patience,” says Amber L. Broadaway, Solitude’s president and COO “With a new downhill mountain bike park, an upgraded chairlift, and three new remote avalanche control systems, we’re making tremendous strides this summer thanks to the hard work of the Solitude crew.”
Riders and hikers are advised to check Solitude’s Mountain Report daily for updated lift and trail status as conditions are expected to remain dynamic throughout the summer.
About Solitude Mountain Resort
Located in Big Cottonwood Canyon, just 30 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport, Solitude is a playground of discovery in the heart of Utah’s famed Wasatch Mountains. It offers eight chairlifts, 82 runs, and 500 annual inches of snow spread over 1,200 acres with 20 km of groomed Nordic track and 10 km of snowshoe trails. Home to the legendary Honeycomb Canyon and locals’ best-kept secrets, Solitude reveals more fun and challenging lines with every day you choose to explore. Eleven bars and restaurants offer unique chef-driven cuisine, and slopeside lodging options set the stage for mountain memories. In summer, Solitude beckons to locals and travelers alike with lift-served mountain biking, hiking, dining, and a renowned 18-hole mountainside disc golf course. Solitude is owned by Alterra Mountain Company and offers unlimited access to Ikon Pass holders.
Solitude Mountain Resort
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