Solitude Mountain Ski Getaways
The moment you enter Big Cottonwood Canyon you'll understand why Solitude is growing in popularity. It's only 30 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport and even closer to the outskirts of the city itself. Solitude is a good example of easy access to a big mountain. Once you reach the resort you'll find a quaint village with Euro-style convenience and Southwestern mountain flair.
On the mountain itself are over 1200 acres of top-notch terrain, including Honeycomb Canyon, where a recent lift will let you skip the long ride through the bottom of the canyon to the front of the mountain. The 400 acres of natural terrain offer myriad lines down black and double-black chutes and glades.
There's plenty of black on the front side of the mountain, too, but intermediates will be more than satisfied with the choices presented to them. The most numerous choices can be handily found off Solitude's detachable quad, the Eagle Express, which makes a pleasant morning or afternoon of comfortable cruising zip right by. The blue-square terrain extends right to the summit and is available off every lift. Beginners have their fair share of trails, too. Start on the learning terrain of Easy Street then head up the Moonbeam II double or Sunrise triple for some nice runs.
A "family-friendly" terrain park can be found where Main Street, Fluid Drive, and Fleet Street come together. It's accessible from four different lifts but the Apex double provides the most direct access.
All this terrain is annually blanketed by 500 inches or so of Utah powder. A top to bottom run will cover more than 2000 feet of vertical.