Spring Skiing at Solitude

The best time of the year is here! It’s unfortunate that winter has come and gone  but the Utah ski season always saves the very best for last. Spring is a beautiful thing and we are loving it up.

 

springtime shenanigans

springtime shenanigans

The snows are still piling high in the Wasatch Mountains but the days are longer and warmer. You may get powder in the morning, sugar in the bowls for lunch and slushy bumps in the late afternoon but any way you ski it, it’s going to be ridiculously fun! Who doesn’t love to ski hard all day and then shed the jacket and boots for flip flops and tee shirts?

Powder up top, but flip flops in the parking lot

Powder up top, but flip flops in the parking lot

 

In the last seven days, the Hodson’s have clocked in five of them on the hill, one in church and one on our mountain bikes along with a little math, reading and writing mixed in between. The mittens have been stashed  away along with our fleece and toe warmers and instead of warming up at Moonbeam Lodge with hot cider, we are now cooling off at the Round House with ice cold drinks and cheese burgers (well, in my case, a delicious black bean burger).

the boys soaking up the sun at Sunshine Grill

the boys soaking up the sun at Sunshine Grill

 

This is the time of year when you can ski nine to four and not cry about the cold or the wind. No one wants to go in. Solitude is completely covered and conditions are ripe for exploring off the beaten track or looking for jumps and smushy tree lines that give and give. Whoops and hollers have filled the last few days as we have enjoyed the springtime sunshine and excellent conditions.

 

Spring powder in Honeycomb Canyon

Spring powder in Honeycomb Canyon

Solitude is as quiet as ever, other than the Hodson boys and their friends as they have joyfully played about her epic playground. I apologize for their gaiety as they have sung silly songs on lifts, yelled at each other through tight trees off Queen Bess, goofed off with employees and followed US Forest Rangers around with zillions of questions. I believe the sunshine has released the Krakens.

 

Taking advantage of a tour with the Rangers

Taking advantage of a tour with the Rangers

Only a few weeks left, so don’t miss out on the “funnest” times to be had at Solitude Mountain Resort.  But please, try not to come up next Saturday and eat all our chocolate. CHOCOLATE LOVERS FESTIVAL, March 29th!!!

 

Beginners Guide to Solitude Mountain Resort

Solitude Mountain Resort has plenty of powder to go around and offers some of the best skiing in Utah for all levels. It can be intimidating when you haven’t skied in years, and you’re looking to book a ski vacation in a state that claims to have “the greatest snow on earth.” But don’t let all the “skier lingo” intimidate you- there is plenty of mountain for beginners too!

At the first entrance at Solitude, you will see the Moonbeam lift. To the left of Moonbeam is the Link lift or the bunny hill lift. If you are a beginner, Moonbeam is the perfect place to start or to at least warm up if you haven’t been in a while. There are multiple ways to get down that can take you to the base of Moonbeam lift again, including connecting with Link if you’re looking for an easier way to get down. Moonbeam is a great place for beginners or if you are looking to practice your turns.

solitude again

When you’re feeling more confident, ski over to the Sunrise lift. You can get to Sunrise by staying to the right at the top of Moonbeam and heading towards Solitude’s main village. Sunrise is just past the Apex lift. Sunrise has beautiful runs through the trees, but pay attention because there are a few runs that turn into moguls so unless you are feeling very confident in your turns, avoid those runs.

Don’t forget to fuel up at one of the many dining options at Solitude. You can grab a quick bite at Moonbeam lodge, or ski over to Solitude’s main village for the Honeycomb Grill or a slice of pizza at Stone Haus. If you’re looking for some water, Stone Haus offers free cups for water by their fountain drinks. You can also grab a quick snack to pack in your coat at the village store. Don’t let yourself get depleted while on the mountain.

Fortunately at Solitude, on the most crowded days you usually don’t have to worry about running into other skiers or getting plowed over by another beginner. Don’t let yourself get intimidated by other skiers or steep runs. There is usually an easy blue to take to get down from any lift, just watch for the signs.

Even if you’re a beginner, you can still experience the best Utah skiing out there at Solitude Mountain Resort.