Aerial Mountain Tour of Solitude

Can’t afford to hire a private heli for the day? Well, grab a seat in ours and feast your eyes on a scenic ride from frontside groomers to the depths of Honeycomb Canyon.  Soar and float like a bird above skiers and boarders making their way down the hill – with no risk of motion sickness. Enjoy!

Solitude’s Nordic Center Offers Great Instruction

One on One instruction @ the Solitude Nordic Center
One on One instruction @ the Solitude Nordic Center

One of the benefits of working at a mountain resort is occasionally we do an employee specific event, like we did last night at the Nordic Center.

The idea was simple, expose our employees to something here at Solitude they would never otherwise do on their own.  The center provided rentals and a lesson and we had about 15 people show up to give Nordic a try.

The majority of those attending had never Nordic skied prior and the overwhelming consensus was – – if you have a little Alpine skiing in your background, you can easily pick up and have a fun day Nordic skiing.  Everyone chose to try Skate skiing, which if you are unaware is the latest and greatest thing in Nordic skiing.  It’s certainly not new, but arguably it is gaining great traction here in the U.S.  Anyway, by the end of the evening, everyone was actually holding their own – – we even held a little relay race for some departmental bragging rights.

So, what does all this have to do with you?  As I was listening to one of the instructors last night, WHO JUST HAPPENS TO BE A 2002 WINTER OLYMPIAN, I thought to myself how cool it is to be listening and learning from a guy that competed in the Olympics!  And then I thought to myself, it cost nothing extra for our customers to come up and learn from this Olympian.  And, most weekdays, if you can come on weekdays – you’d probably be one of maybe only 2 or 3 in the lesson (if you are really lucky it would only be you – which certainly happens).

Get out and try something new this year, it is a phenomenal workout and a wonderful way to enjoy the Wasatch Mountains.  If you are lucky enough to ski with our Olympian or not, you will for sure receive unparalleled instruction and attention from the Solitude Nordic Center.

Getting Off The Beaten Path

Last weeks fury of powder days left most of us exhausted: all the non-stop top to bottom runs, screaming “THAT was the best run of the year”, and repeating the cycle.  Now that the skies have cleared and warm air and sun are plentiful the draw to being outside is great – far greater than 10 degree winds lashing at your face. But, my feet are KILLING me from a week of bashing in new liners chasing one pow run after the next. Not wanting my muscles to get too long a rest I figured an hour or two of Nordic skiing would fit the bill.

Getting on skinny skis is quite the change of pace, and provides as much of a workout as you can handle. To top it off are stunning views found at the Solitude Nordic Center, as well as the pine-scented fresh air and perfect blue sky.  With 20km of trail, there are many options: the short loop around Silver Lake, the Cornucopia Trail that connects the Solitude Village with the Nordic Center or one of the Redman Loops.

Whenever you need a change of pace, give the Nordic Center a try – you’ll find yet another way to enjoy the outdoors in winter.