Snow certianly has the letter ‘S’ on our minds. First and foremost, it snowed much of the weekend up here, leaving a blanket of fresh white above 8,000 feet. How exciting is that? So exciting, in fact, that the resident bloggers are dreaming up headlines all starting in ‘S’ in hopes of continually pleasing the snow gods.
As for the other half of the headline – the one dealing with sweet singletrack, consider this the official unofficial unveiling of Solitude’s newest sweet singletrack. While I am not ready to divulge location or directions, I am more than happy to divulge some photos from the maiden voyage mission. Yes, working here does come with rewards such as this. Full details to come, we promise! Just to pique interest it is some of the smoothest flowing new singletrack around. The switchbacks feature nicely banked turns, which means there is no need to tap the brakes. That is not to say you shouldn’t pull over from time to time to check out the vistas. Most of the time you are cruising through an old-growth forest with towering trees (think Return of Jedi chase scene on those space cruisers).
The grade will be primo for both climbing and descending, with several high-speed flowy sections. When the trees do allow a few peeks down canyon you’ll be treated to views of Honeycomb Canyon, SIlverfork Canyon and Mt. Raymond. Oooh, I think I just gave away a tip on location. Let’s just suffice to say many new loop options will be opened up!!
Check the photos…
Where’s Waldo? Wouldn’t you love to know!
Smooth, flowy and tight. That, my friends, is the MTB trifecta.
Freshly carpeted singletrack makes for BIG Solitude smiles.
This one comes from our favorite guest blogger, pro-skier and unofficial poster-girl of Utah skiing, Caroline Gleich.
Solitude’s been getting a lot of press lately. In Powder Magazine’s September Issue, they did a feature on “The Greatest Season Ever.” The award for the “Deepest Day of the Year” went to Solitude, for January 9.
Here’s what they had to say:
“A lift ticket at Solitude is $55. But it’s amazing how few pass holders from Alta or Snowbird are willing to pay it, even when Little Cottonwood Canyon is gridlocked or closed half the morning. Which makes the money even more worthwhile on days like today. It’s been snowing for almost a week, but today is the big one. Wind effect on open slopes creates chest-deep blower in the trees of Evergreen and the Black Forest. Empty chairs serve as a constant reminder of the traffic jam next door. Big Wednesday is the cliché tag for deep days that happen to fall on hump day, both of which apply today. Until Lee gives us another name. ‘This is the deepest day of the year,’ he portends as we cross paths en route to the Honeycomb lift. The description would hold through the end of the season.” –Derek Taylor
So even if you get your Alta or Snowbird pass, be sure to pick up at least a day or two at Solitude (custom season passes start at $249). You can also purchase an eleven day pack starting at only $40 a day. And finally, one of my favorite options is the 50 ride ticket for only $310. With this option, you can come up, take two lifts and go for a tour. And the system won’t let you use more than 10 rides in a day. Whichever option you chose, it’s totally worth it. Now hurry up because these rates change Nov. 1!
Also, keep your eyes peeled around the Salt Lake valley for these billboards with my image on them:
Caroline Gleich rips it up on Solitude's billboards all over SLC
WOW. The peak of color season is most certainly here. Like an over the head powder day or deserted beach, a picture is worth a thousand words. So, here are a few thousand words on the majestic beauty of the Wasatch in autumn.