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RachaelRACHAEL HODSON-Resident Mom & Ripper

Rachael Hodson grew up in Washington State and moved to Utah when she decided that the snow was deeper and the mountains bigger! She lives at the base of the beautiful Cottonwood Canyons with her husband Matt and two boys Noah and Isaac. She is an avid lover of the outdoors and has been involved in the ski industry as a ski instructor, tech rep, sponsored rider and self proclaimed “classy ski bum”. Rachael continues to fuel her love of the mountains through writing and photography and has done freelance work for several outdoor publications and ski websites.




mikeheadMichael Harp-Longtime Solitude skier

Born and bred at the foot of the Wasatch mountains, Michael has made his resort of choice Solitude for over three decades.With an addiction for fresh powder and an affinity for all gravity sports he also spends his “off” time fighting fires for Salt Lake City. Enjoying the mountains with his family during all four seasons along with a passion for travel and photography he is bound to have some EPIC days ahead at Solitude.




makenzieMakenzie Hardy-Solitude newcomer

Makenzie Hardy spent half of her childhood in Colorado where she learned to ski. When she was 15 she decided to switch over to snowboarding. When she was 18 she moved to Utah for school where she went snowboarding periodically when classes and a poor college student budget would allow. Now, after a two year hiatus, she’s pulling out her snowboard. Follow her adventures at Solitude as she attempts getting off the lift in one piece and explores the mountain terrain at Solitude for the first time.



heidiheadHeidi Gilbert-Solitude Marketing Intern

Like so many others, Heidi Gilbert left behind her small hometown in Wyoming cowboy country to ski Utah powder eight years ago, and hasn’t looked back since. She worked on ski patrol for Solitude before marrying her husband, who still patrols here and handles their avalanche dog. When Heidi isn’t busy finishing up her degree at the University of Utah, she can be found writing in their small cabin in Big Cottonwood Canyon, or at Solitude, exploring for new secret stashes. Follow Heidi this winter, as she appreciates the deep powder, picturesque scenery, and quiet secret spots that captured her heart eight years ago.



gbGINA BEGIN-Nomad with a preference for Solitude

Gina calls Utah a second home, since storing her things over two years ago and hitting the road on a quest to reach the distant places of North America. She’s skied the backcountry of the Chugach in Alaska, slept under the northern lights in the Yukon Territory, photographed Nova Scotia’s coves, backpacked in southern U.S. wildernesses and munched on sugared tamarindo in the jungles of Mexico. Follow Gina’s adventures this season, as she reaches distant places, right here at Solitude.