Mountain Guide

Solitude Trail Guides

 

Beginner

Though Solitude does not have a great deal of beginner terrain, ithe terrain it does have is well situated and varied enough to keep things interesting. Its dedicated beginner areas are in close proximity to the Moonbeam Base Area, making it is easy to access ski school, wrangle kids, take rest breaks, or head inside to warm up. The Link and Moonbeam Express Chairlift offer gently sloping green runs and there is also a conveyor lift for true beginners.

Intermediate

Solitude is an awesome place for intermediates to gain confidence and take their skills to the next level. Solitude’s Snowsports Academy is world class, and it’s worth booking a lesson to hone your skills and explore the mountain with an experienced instructor. Apex is a sleepy lift with moguls, tree runs, and powder for those who want to work off-piste. Eagle Express offers longer pitches. The steepest groomed trails are located off of the Summit Express or Powderhorn II chairlifts.

Advanced/Expert

You’ll find many wizened locals stacking laps through Solitude’s famed Honeycomb Canyon. This area, only accessible from the Summit Chair, offers Solitude’s quintessential powder skiing experience. Here you will find a huge open bowl and endless tree skiing stashes. Aside from the Honeycomb Return cat track, there are only black-rated runs in Honeycomb Canyon. If you’re waiting for avalanche control to wrap up in Honeycomb, there are steeps and trees off of both the Summit Express and Powderhorn II chairs.

  • In general, Solitude's steepest, hardest slopes are off the Powderhorn and Summit Lifts while the easier terrain is accessible from the two Base Areas

  • Despite the terrain vareity, it’s fairly easy to navigate around Solitude and with few on-mountain and base area eateries, groups or families can easily meet up between runs

Top Trail Picks

Category
Trail Name
Description​
Area / Getting There

Starting Out

Easy Street

This wide open groomer with a very gentle pitch parallels the Link chairlift and the Conveyor Lift 

From Moonbeam Day Lodge ride either the Link chairlift or the Conveyor Lift

Just Learning

Little Doodle

The terrain off Moonbeam is wonderful for learners; Little Doodle is a fun, wide groomer sweeping underneath the Lift back to the Moonbeam Base

Catch Little Doodle to the right as soon as you exit the Moonbeam Express

Easy Scenic

Main Street

Classic Blue offering sweeping cross-canyon views and a bird’s-eye view of the Solitude Village; the pitch is nice and the sustained rolling terrain is fun and exciting without being daunting

Exit Moonbeam Express left or catch Apex Express and head skier's right down Wall Street to Main Street (note, Wall Street is considerably steeper, so take the Fluid Drive cat track as an alternative)

Easy Scenic

North Star / Polaris

Uncrowded Blue runs abound off of the Sunrise Lift; North Star or Polaris offer steeper terrain for those looking to step up their game and avoid crowds

Exit right off the Sunrise Express and have your pick of Polaris or North Star

Sun

Sunshine Bowl

For one of the best views around and ample east-facing sun light, come here first thing in the morning; a steep, sustained pitch that terminates at the Roundhouse Lodge

Prominent blue run that begins at the top of Eagle Express

Burner

Dynamite

One of the longest groomers at Solitude, Dynamite begins at the top of the Summit Express; there may be bumps up top before winding between stands of tall conifers, past the flats near the Summit Express Base and to Solitude Village

Exit left off of Summit Express; Dynamite is in the middle of the three available Blue trails

Glades

Headwall Forest /
Corner Chute

Powder collects among the tall trees of Headwall Forest and Corner Chute; the trees are nicely spaced to gun through at higher speeds; this area can harbor the deepest snow on the mountain

Exit the top of Summit Express to the left and grab the Back Door blue run to the SolBright access trail, from here drop into the trees or ski a bit further down for Corner Chute

Longest

Honeycomb Trail

You haven’t really skied Solitude until you’ve experienced the rugged, powder-filled, off-piste terrain of Honeycomb Canyon; wait for ski patrol to complete avalanche mitigation and drop in for the longest run at Solitude

Head right off the Summit Express; this Trail follows the natural terrain of the canyon but in order to count it as the longest run, you'll have to bypass the Honeycomb Return Triple and ski down the Honeycomb Return Trail cat track

Bumps
(Advanced)

Paradise / Vertigo / Paradise Lost

If storms haven’t been cycling through Salt Lake, fairly big bumps can form along the steeps beneath the Powderhorn II chairlift; ride the lift and take your pick of these three pitches

Exit the Powderhorn II Lift to the right and take your pick of any of the runs off the Eagle Ridge access run

Showing Off

Roller Coaster

True to its name, Roller Coaster is a series of off-piste rollers directly beneath the Sunrise Lift; though not particularly steep, this wild run has a funky double fall line, fun hits, jibs, and plenty of opportunity to grab air; should you feel embarrassed, you can quickly retreat into the thick trees to the skier’s left

Ride the Sunrise lift and orient yourself to catch the lift line below

Chutes

Milk Run

On a powder day, the terrain and quality of snow off the top of the Powderhorn chairlift are often supreme; a local favorite is the Milk Run, but beware of sneaky cliff zones and chutes that terminate in sudden gnar

Head left off the top of Powderhorn II, passing the quaint ski patrol shack; if Milk Run is open, the red avalanche warning gate will not be roped off, catch the traverse and head skier's right to find it

Fresh Powder

Black Forest

The powder filled tree runs along the ridge that harbors Black Forest offer excellent pitch and perfectly spaced trees, the only drawback being that 3 lift rides are required to return for the seemingly endless supply of powder stashes

Turn right off the Summit Express chair, passing the gate for Honeycomb Canyon, stay high and left to find the next avalanche control gate with access to the Black Forest

Steep & Deep

Evergreen Peak

Off the SolBright Trail there is a short bootpack to Evergreen Peak which separates Brighton and Solitude; open glades and tree skiing (along with a few cliff zones) can be discovered here

Exit left off the Summit Express chairlift and use the Back Door trail to access the SolBright cat track; a ways down you will see SolBright veer right and a red avalanche boundary sign marking the bootpack; As always if there is a closure due to avalanche danger, do not proceed

On Mountain Dining Recommendations

Solitude has a mix of dining options to keep guests slobbering and has recently really stepped up its game in this area. There are two lodges conveniently located on the slopes and a wider variety of easy stops in Solitude Village. The large Moonbeam Lodge at the Base is convenient for those with little ones or kids in ski school. Our top picks are below:

Roundhouse

Conveniently located mid-mountain, the yurt-like Roundhouse, is a great place for skiers of all ability levels to convene. Do not miss the menu items featuring Himalayan fare - think curry fries and malasa chicken. Though unexpected at a ski area, the food is consistently delicious and pairs well with a day of skiing and a cold beer on tap. Great views and a patio also make the Roundhouse a favorite.

Homemade Hummus

Moonbeam Lodge

If you’re traveling with kids, the Moonbeam Lodge is probably the most hassle-free stop on the mountain. Hot breakfast, lunch, and après are offered until 4 PM. The menu features typical ski area fare like sandwiches, pizza, soups, chili etc. The roaring fireplace can be a nice place to enjoy a quick hot drink or warm your toes.

Rustic Fireplace

Stone Haus 

For the quickest meal on the mountain, drop into the Stone Haus Pizzeria & Creamery at Solitude Village for a slice of pizza. Fresh salads, paninis, and breakfast food are also available. Seating is limited, but the food is good and the service is fast.

 
Size / Elevation
  • Peak: 10488 ft | 3197m

  • Vertical Drop: 2494 ft | 760m

  • Base: 7994 ft | 2437m

  • Total Area: 1,200 acres | 5 sq km 

Terrain Overview

​Mountain Range: Wasatch

  • 80 Trails   

  • 3 Bowls

  • 1 Terrain Park

Peaks
  • Black Bess Peak (10,479 ft)

  • Evergreen Peak (9,850 ft)

Bases
  • Solitude Village

  • Last Change Lodge

  • Moonbeam Base Area

On Mountain Dining

  • Roundhouse

  • 5 more in Base Areas
    (see our guide)

Lift Stats

Uphill Capacity: 12,500 ppl / hr

9 Total Lifts

  • 4 High Speed Quads

  • 2 Quads

  • 1 Triple

  • 1 Double

  • 1 Tow

  • 2  Minimum lifts to access             peak from base

Terrain Mix
 
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