Today’s episode of Amber’s Updates brings us another sunny day on top of the 130” of snowfall we received in December. Our terrain is 100% open, and we are enjoying bluebird turns while waiting for the next storm. Watch below for news on 8:00 a.m. chairlift hours, extended après and Saturday trivia, and a change to our mountain safety policy. 

Our extended lift hours, new this season, have been a big hit. HUGE thanks to our operations team for making it happen, especially across the nine-day stretch of our holiday period. 

In addition to Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, the week following Presidents Day joins our lineup of 8:00 a.m. lift opening dates. 

Load Moonbeam Express, Apex Express, and Link chairlifts beginning at 8:00 a.m. on the following dates: 

Saturdays and Sundays through March 20, 2022 

Monday, February 21-Friday, February 25, 2022 

Sunday, February 27, 2022 – Ikon Pass First Tracks, 7:30 a.m. chairlift load for Ikon Pass holders only, 8:00 a.m. chairlift load for all ticket and pass holders 

When daylight saving time begins in mid-March, lift operations for the mountain will “spring ahead,” too! Lifts will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day to take advantage of longer days and abundant spring skiing. 

Effective this week, Solitude will no longer allow skiers and snowboarders to transport a child in a backpack or front pack. This rule applies on chairlifts and on ski trails during winter operations. The change is being made with full support from our patrol staff. It is rooted in our priority of safety for all of our guests and employees. 

In rare cases of an extended stoppage of a chairlift, passengers can be exposed to inclement weather for longer than usual. Small children and infants are especially susceptible to cold temperatures, creating a situation that is exceptionally risky for their safety. In the event of an emergency chairlift evacuation, our procedures and equipment require passengers to be unencumbered by packs. This is for the safety of all passengers and of Solitude staff conducting the evacuation. 

The change is also based in concern about added risk in an on-slope collision. A child in a pack heightens risk in such a situation regardless of the expertise of the adult carrying a child. 

Children are still allowed in packs at the Solitude Nordic & Snowshoe Center. Children in front packs will be allowed on scenic chairlift rides during summer operations.  

This and all of our mountain safety policies can be found on our website: https://www.solitudemountain.com/mountain-and-village/mountain-information/mountain-policies.  

Finally, a thank-you to all of our guests for observing our indoor mask requirement. It has been in place since July and has been effective in helping protect our staff and community. We appreciate your patience as COVID-19 protocols have made it necessary to shift hours at some restaurants and rental shops. We are thrilled to be skiing and riding with you, and we hope to see you on the slopes soon.