climate-conscious, tangible practices that minimize our environmental impact.
As a destination and a community, we’re committed to operating through climate-conscious, tangible practices that minimize our impact on the environment. We understand our responsibility in preserving the beauty of Big Cottonwood Canyon and encourage our guests to join us as we strive address these challenges. These are the pillars that guide our efforts. rich-text, responsive-table
Recycling: Solitude has been recycling since 2012. Efforts started with carboard and have expanded to include aluminum, cardboard, plastic, glass and food waste.
Food Waste Diversion: Pounds recycled by location.
Our food waste diversions efforts have conserved 7.16 metric tons of carbon dioxide in the last year.
Moonbeam Lodge Last Chance Lodge Solitude Village September 2021 560 1,280 2,080 October 2021 160 480 400 November 2021 0 0 0 December 2021 1,280 1,600 2,080 January 2022 800 1,376 1,600 February 2022 400 1,120 960 March 2022 640 1,520 2,480 April 2022 240 480 1,600 May 2022 160 0 480 June 2022 0 1,440 800 July 2022 400 1,280 800 August 2022 640 1,440 1,280 Year Total 5,280 12,016 14,560
Snowcats: Use biodegradable hydraulic fluid rich-text, responsive-table
Paid Parking: Reducing single occupancy cars in Big Cottonwood Canyon with significant carpool discounts to parking fees.
Employee shuttle: 15-passenger vans move employees to and from Solitude to reduce the number of private vehicles in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
UTA Ski Bus: Solitude pays for all Solitude and Ikon Pass holders to ride the UTA Ski Bus free of charge in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. In 2019, when paid parking and expanded busses started, UTA Ski Bus ridership increased by 250 percent.
Solar Energy: Powers all lifts at Solitude through renewable energy credits purchased from the Blue Sky program created by Rocky Mountain Power. Renewable energy credits fund energy from solar and wind instead of fossil fuels to lower our carbon footprint.
Black Rosy-Finch: Some of the least understood birds in North America, Solitude monitors Black Rosy-Finchs in partnership with Sageland Collaborative.
Highway Cleanup: Each Spring after the season ends, Solitude employees cleanup the highway (SR-190) between Redman Campground and the Moonbeam Entrance.
U.S. Forest Service: Work with forest service to plan projects in compliance with applicable regulations and mitigate the impact of operations.
Cottonwood Canyon Foundation: Solitude works with the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation to help mitigate invasive species and maintain hiking trails in the canyon.
Resource Conservation: Replacing faucets and toilets with low-flow models as they need to be replaced. Replacing light bulbs with LED bulbs as they need to be replaced. rich-text, responsive-table
Events centered around Sustainability
Guided snowshoe tours: In partnership with Cottonwoods Canyons Foundation.
Visit our events page for future events.