By Natalie Janovak
All year long, outdoor enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies alike seek out pockets of sweet terrain in nature’s playground. The good news is that powder hounds, Nordic skiers, mountain bikers and hikers can all find a hearty dose of paradise up Big Cottonwood Canyon at Solitude Mountain Resort, just a 40-minute jaunt southeast of the Salt Lake International Airport.
Independently owned and operated by the DeSeelhorst family since the late 1970s, Solitude has been acclaimed by locals and national and international guests as an intimate and family-friendly mountain with diverse all-season terrain that is suitable for all abilities and recreational interests. The mountain’s top elevation is at 10,035 ft (3,059 m) with a vertical drop of 2,047 ft (624 m) and, best of all, there’s plenty of elbow room.
Nestled deep within Wasatch National Forest, Solitude’s two base areas, Moonbeam and The Village, offer on- and mountainside dining options in addition to gear rental and retail services. The quaint European-style Village offers the majority of amenities, including overnight accommodations at the Inn or in one of the many multi-sized condos. Home rentals are even available for larger parties, frequently used as home base for family reunions and corporate retreats. Reservations are recommended and can be secured by phone or online at www.skisolitude.com.
Après-activity, guests are invited to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the Club where they will enjoy a theater-style media room, X-Box games, foosball and billiards, or take a swim in the outdoor pool or a soak in the hot tub. During the winter, adults can even take in a ball game and a beer at the Thirsty Squirrel Pub or get a couples massage at the full-service Solitude Mountain Spa.
The Resort’s peak operations are during the ski season, between mid-November through mid-April. Three High-speed Quads, 2 Quads, 1 Triple and 2 Doubles provide convenient access to1,200 acres of skiable terrain onUtah’s greatest snow on earth. For those new to the bounty of alpine winter recreation, group and private ski and snowboard lessons are a great way to dive-in. During the summer months the Resort offers visitors a variety of hiking trails, a choice of two alpine disc golf courses and a series of mountain biking trails that are served by chairlift. Take advantage of the periodic online “stay and play” packages and you too can have your own slice of sweet solitude.
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