Solitude Ski Resort is a popular ski destination located in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, less than an hour away from Salt Lake City. The resort is known for its wide runs, family-friendly atmosphere, and impressive annual snowfall, which averages almost 500 inches per season. The snow at Solitude is typically dry and powdery, making it excellent for skiing and snowboarding, when it is fresh, of course.
The ski season at Solitude typically runs from mid-November to mid-April, and the resort offers over 1,200 acres of skiable terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. Solitude Mountain Resort also has a terrain park for freestyle skiers and snowboarders to enjoy, featuring a variety of jumps, rails, and other features. In addition to its great skiing and snowboarding, Solitude also offers a variety of apres-ski amenities, including cozy mountain lodges, a variety of dining options, and a lively après-ski scene. However, Brighton does not offer night skiing.
We recently ranked all of Utah's ski resorts, so you can see where Solitude Mountain stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Solitude Mountain is a part of the Ikon Ski Pass network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all or most of the Ikon-sponsored slopes with it throughout the year, depending on the type of pass you bought.
There are numerous options to stay at Solitude Mountain around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Solitude Mountain Mountain Resort Terrain Overview
Solitude Mountain has a total of 82 ski trails, which are serviced by 9 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 1,200 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 486 hectares, 1.9 square miles, or 4.9 square kilometers.
Solitude Mountain's slopes see on average 500 inches (12.7 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 41 feet every year!
Solitude Mountain Ski Resort Elevation
Solitude Mountain Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 10,488 feet, or 3,197 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 7,944 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 2,494 feet (760 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
The summit of 10,488 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.
Solitude Mountain Ski Resort Difficulty Level
70.2out of 100
DID YOU KNOW?
At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level
Solitude Mountain has 1,200 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Seeing as Solitude Mountain is one of the hardest ski areas in the country, it's no surprise that over 90% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level. This leaves only 10% of its skiable acres as beginner terrain.
Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Solitude Mountain Ski Resort good for beginners?
This is one of the hardest ski areas in the country to ski at, so it is not great for beginners. Solitude Mountain Ski Resort ranks in the top 10% of the most-difficult ski resorts in the country. It has 50% of its trails rated as expert, or black-diamond level.
Solitude Mountain Ski Resort Location
Solitude Mountain Ski Resort is located in the state of Utah, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Salt Lake City, UT.
Salt Lake City, UT 84121 USA
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Getting to Solitude Mountain Mountain Resort
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Solitude Mountain Ski Resort), its coordinates of 40.63000, -111.59000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Salt Lake City, UT to get close.
By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Solitude Mountain Ski Resort.
|Salt Lake City International Airport||SLC||Salt Lake City, UT||23 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Solitude Mountain.
|Provo-Utah Lake International Airport||PVU||Provo, UT||29 mi|
|Ogden Hinckley Airport||OGD||Ogden, UT||45 mi|
|Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport||RKS||Rock Springs, WY||147 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Solitude Mountain Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.
Other Nearby Ski Resorts
Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Solitude Mountain Ski Resort.
|Brighton||Brighton, UT||10,500 ft||56%||2 mi|
|Alta Ski Area||Salt Lake City, UT||11,068 ft||71%||3 mi|
|Canyons Village at Park City||Park City, UT||9,990 ft||76%||4 mi|
|Snowbird||Snowbird, UT||11,000 ft||67%||5 mi|
|Deer Valley||Park City, UT||9,570 ft||68%||5 mi|
|Park City (Park City Mountain)||Park City, UT||10,026 ft||76%||7 mi|
|Park City Mountain||Park City, UT||10,026 ft||78%||7 mi|
|Woodward Park City||Park City, UT||6,840 ft||14%||9 mi|
|Sundance||Sundance, UT||8,250 ft||62%||15 mi|
|Nordic Valley (Wolf Mountain)||Eden, UT||6,400 ft||48%||32 mi|
|Eagle Point||Huntsville, UT||10,600 ft||55%||44 mi|
|Powder Mountain||Cedar Valley, UT||9,422 ft||60%||45 mi|
|Cherry Peak Resort||Richmond, UT||7,040 ft||42%||90 mi|
|Beaver Mountain||Garden City, UT||8,860 ft||52%||93 mi|
|Snowbasin||Orangeville, UT||9,350 ft||79%||94 mi|
Solitude Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||10,488 ft|
|Base Elevation||7,944 ft|
|Vertical Drop||2,494 ft|
(10% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 50% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||500 inches|