192 days of lift operations. 816 inches of total snowfall. 223 inches of snow in March alone. We’ve finally reached closing day at Solitude, and those are just a few of the records we’ve set this season.
We opened for the season on November 10 (our earliest opening in 10 years) and a lot has taken place since then. Firstly, the snow this year was amazing. Secondly, the snow was amazing. We didn’t just have powder days, we had powder weeks, and in late spring the coverage was excellent. Our hardworking team did an incredible job keeping the resort running smoothly through our snowiest season ever to our latest closing day ever.
On the mountain, we introduced two terrain parks, including our Main Street terrain park. We also brought back our NASTAR race arena on Main Street and offered free racing for all guests. We’re excited to grow that program next year with a local’s race league and more.
In the food & beverage world, our famous dinner location, the Yurt, was renovated and reopened to include lunch, along with a full liquor license. The Mein Street Noodle Bar debuted on the second floor of Last Chance Lodge, bringing authentic Japanese cuisine to Solitude.
Some other season highlights include celebrating our 65th Anniversary with some of the founding families of Solitude and throwing a retirement party for the Eagle Express chair which is currently being replaced by a six-person lift. Keep an eye on our social media channels for progress updates.
And let’s not forget our pond skim! Another amazing competition with skiers and riders braving an 80-foot long, 3-foot-deep stretch of icy water on skis and boards. We were proud to have Ikon Pass athlete Trevor Kennison as one our judges, and High Fives Founder Roy Tuscany as our MC.
We lived up to our hashtag the #EarliestLiftsInUtah this winter, giving guests three months of daily 8:00 a.m. lift operations. After having the #LongestSeasonInUtah last winter, we added 32 days to our season but our friends at Brighton will edge us by a couple of days. We are proud to have provided our guests an extraordinary amount of skiing and riding.
We’re now heading into a brief interseason period after closing day during which most of our facilities are closed but the mountain is open for uphill travel. If you are planning to skin up and enjoy the remaining snow, please stay away from the Eagle Express area where the new chair is currently being installed, and away from roads that are being cleared of snow. The Village Store, which offers snacks, groceries, beer, and more — will be open daily during this period.
Summer operations begin on Thursday, June 15 and will be based out of the Moonbeam area. Escape the heat of the valley for mountain biking, scenic chairlift rides, an expanded Adventure Park, and more. Our first event of the summer season – the Big Cottonwood Brew Fest — takes place on Father’s Day, June 18.
Want to dive deeper into last season and learn more about what’s in store for summer and beyond? Attend our town hall meeting on Thursday, June 22 at 6:00 p.m.
Thank you to all our guests and staff for making history with us this year! See on the trails this summer.
To catch up on previous Amber’s Updates, visit https://blog.solitudemountain.com/category/ambers-updates/