It may be August, but Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah is already gearing up to defend its newly acquired title of The Longest Season In Utah. In the latest Amber’s Update from last week, Amber Broadaway, the President and COO of Solitude, discussed what some of their plans are for next winter, along with how their summer activity projects are going.
Solitude had an earlier opening than Snowbird last season, and while Snowbird closed later, it wasn’t for long enough for them to stick true to their #longestseasoninutah. Snowbird had an early closing by their standards, which was due to the mountain not having enough snow at the base, and the tram not being in service to access the snow-filled areas. Solitude intends to challenge for the title again, with their opening date set for November 18th, and they will try to make it Mid-May(conditions permitting).
They will also be opening the Apex, Moonbeam, and Link lifts at 8 a.m. daily from Christmas to Mid March, and the Eagle lift at 8 a.m. on weekends. Last season, they opened the Apex, Moonbeam, and Link lifts at 8 a.m. during weekends and holidays, which earned them the title of the earliest lifts in Utah.
Amber also announced that they have hired a terrain park manager, who is currently on a road trip to California and Colorado to pick up rails and other pieces of equipment. These new terrain parks will be situated on the Northstar and Main Street trails and will continue to grow in the coming years. It has been many years since Solitude had a terrain park open to the public, so this is an exciting development.
Right now, their main focus is the continued expansion of their summer activities. The Snowsports building over at the Moonbeam base area is now home to a retail store during the summertime, a ticket area, and a bike shop with cutting-edge equipment. The Link chairlift just added bike holders and connects guests to the Sunrise lift. Additionally, a bike skills park has been added right next to Link. Their new beginner flow trail around the Link chairlift has been roughed out, and are hoping to complete the whole top to bottom track in the coming weeks. Next summer, Solitude will be building out a Gravity Flow mountain biking trail network.
A paved road will soon open that connects that Moonbeam base area to their Village. A supply chain issue delayed the team’s arrival, but they will be arriving to begin work in the next week. A nine-hole disc-golf course will go in after they complete the paved road, and it will be the second disc golf course at the ski resort. Many of these details were provided at Solitude’s town hall a couple of months ago, but it’s exciting to see their plans come to fruition.
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