Solitude Rules & Regulations
Mountain Safety Policies
All guests who use Solitude Mountain Resort’s lifts and who participate in snowsports or other activities while on Resort property are responsible for knowing and understanding our mountain policies below. rich-text
Mountain Winter Equipment Policy
Alpine touring and telemark skis
We Do Not Allow
Sleds or sliding devices
*Reasonable accommodations will be made for adaptive skiers with approved specialized equipment specifically designed for use by skiers with a disability. Solitude Mountain Resort works closely with the National Ability Center to provide qualified instruction and mobility devices when requested in advance. Should you require these services, please contact the National Ability Center at 435.649.3991 or visit discovernac.org
All adaptive equipment, including ski bikes and ski trikes, may be used by persons with disabilities outside of an instructional session ONLY with prior notification. Please contact the National Ability Center for an evaluation of the equipment for appropriate safety and retention devices. At the same time, they will determine that the individual using the mobility device is trained in loading and unloading lifts with or without assistance and that the device is compatible with our ski lifts.
If you have any questions, please contact Tim Wolfgram, Director of Snowsports Services at 801.536.5731.
Winter Mountain Access Policies
Fantasy Ridge and Honeycomb Ridge are located at the top of Honeycomb Canyon and form part of our southern boundary. They include the two highest points on the resort — Honeycomb Peak (10,488 ft.) and Black Bess Peak (10,479 ft.) — and provide access to Black Bess and Honeycomb Chutes. This area has many cliffs, hanging snowfields, and skiable terrain exceeding 50 degrees in slope, plus unmarked hazards and constantly-changing snow conditions. Honeycomb Ridge is susceptible to rapid wind loading and large cornice formation. Avalanche mitigation work may be in progress at any time.
Expert skiing/snowboarding skills are highly recommended as a fall in these areas may result in significant injuries or death. Rescue in these areas may be prolonged due to the remoteness and technical nature of the terrain. It is the responsibility of the pass holder to know where they are at all times.
Solitude Mountain Resort limits the use of Honeycomb Ridge to Solitude Mountain Resort pass holders only; this terrain is closed to backcountry users for the safety of Solitude's guests and staff members. Honeycomb Ridge may be closed due to avalanche hazards when the terrain below is open. Solitude Mountain Resort pass holders are only allowed to ski/snowboard Honeycomb Ridge terrain when the Fantasy Ridge access gate is open.
Salt Lake County law states that it is unlawful for any person for the purpose of skiing/snowboarding or other reason to go upon any area designated as closed or avalanche closed. Violators will be prosecuted and is punishable by a Class B misdemeanor. Please contact Solitude Ski Patrol at 801.536.5753 with any questions.
Highway to Heaven
The Highway to Heaven area is located within the Solitude Mountain Resort boundary and is often mistaken for backcountry. The Resort includes terrain from the Highway to Heaven access gate all the way to Twin Lakes Pass. Skiing in this area requires hiking to access the lift-served portion of the Resort.
PLEASE NOTE: Avalanche mitigation efforts, including work with explosives, may be in progress in this area at any time. This area may be closed for other reasons other than avalanche mitigation work, and it is your responsibility to know whether this terrain is open or closed at any given time. For questions regarding this area, visit our conditions page or contact Solitude Ski Patrol dispatch a 801.536.5753 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Uphill Travel Policy
Solitude Mountain Resort does not allow unauthorized uphill travel within its Resort boundaries. Due to the tremendous amount of avalanche mitigation work that is frequently conducted throughout the winter operating season, users traveling uphill through the Resort to access backcountry terrain can easily find themselves in areas where avalanche mitigation work is in progress. This places uphill travelers directly in harm’s way and impedes the Ski Patrol from safely performing their duties as well as restricts their ability to open the mountain for our guests in a timely manner.
Snowmaking operations, grooming equipment, snowmobiles, and downhill skiers/snowboarders can also present hazards to uphill users on a 24-hour basis. Solitude cannot represent to the public that there is a safe area or time to allow uphill traffic within the Resort’s Special Use Permit Area.
Backcountry terrain in Silver Fork Canyon can be accessed by users traveling up Church Road or from various trailheads along the canyon highway.
There is no uphill travel allowed at Solitude Mountain Resort.
Your Winter Responsibility Code
Please read all signs. Use common sense.
1. Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride, and unload safely.
Know the code; it’s your responsibility. This is a partial list; be safety conscious.
As a condition and consideration for use of the ski area, the user expressly assumes all risks of injury or death related in any way to snowsports — including the negligence of Solitude Mountain Resort and its employees — while involved with snowsports. The user represents that they are able to load, ride, and unload lifts properly. The user will read all signs and mountain information including the trail map. The right to use the Resort area may be revoked without compensation for violation of this agreement.
Ski Patrol Information
Solitude Mountain Resort currently has two avalanche rescue dogs working during the winter season: Rio, a female yellow Labrador retriever; and Lumen, a Labrador retriever/German shorthair pointer mix. All of Solitude’s avalanche rescue dogs have passed Wasatch Backcountry Rescue’s "Level A” – their highest-level certification for avalanche search and rescue. These dogs are an incredible asset to Solitude Ski Patrol’s program. Check out the avalanche dog demonstrations at the bottom of the Apex Express chairlift scheduled throughout the season.
Wasatch Backcountry Rescue Avalanche Beacon Park
Solitude Mountain Resort hosts an avalanche beacon park for Big Cottonwood Canyon users to practice their search and rescue skills, located skiers left of the SolBright trail above Headwall Forest. This is an on-mountain beacon park that is accessed by Summit Express chairlift. The park offers four buried targets for single and multiple burial practice. The availability of the park is weather dependent.
Ski Patrol Information
If you need assistance or witness an accident, please notify a Solitude Ski Patrol staff member, Solitude lift attendant, or call 801.536.5753. Note and communicate your location to expedite the response from Ski Patrol. When skiing in Honeycomb Canyon, look for letters (A - Z) posted on trees to indicate your location on the hill; when skiing SolBright, look for numbers (1 - 20). To protect an injured person, plant your snowboard or plant and vertically cross your skis in the snow uphill from the person until Ski Patrol arrives.
Steward Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Medical Clinic is located on the lower level of the Last Chance Lodge, near the base of the Apex Express chairlift. The clinic works closely with our professional ski patrol staff and accepts most insurance policies.
Please visit if you are experiencing any symptoms of cold, flu, altitude sickness, sunburn, frostbite, or any other ailment or injury that could disrupt your day or your vacation. Equipped with x-ray capabilities and appropriate staffing, the clinic can help with many orthopedic injuries as well.
The clinic is open daily during our winter season from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The phone number is 435.776.7522.
Summer Mountain Policies
Scooters, E-Bikes, and Motorized Vehicles
In our effort to provide a quality experience, we have restricted the use of the following equipment on our mountain:
- Scooters: Both foot propelled and motorized scooters are prohibited
- E-bikes: Known as electric bikes or power bikes, these are bicycles equipped with an integrated electric motor (generally battery operated), which provides propulsion beyond pedaling for the rider. These are prohibited at Solitude.
- Motorized Vehicles:Strictly prohibited on all private on-mountain roads and trails.
Mountain Bike Group Riding
In order to best serve all guests who use our mountain facilities, we are unable to accommodate large mountain bike groups (15 or more bikers riding as a group) on the mountain on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. We welcome large groups to the mountain any time Monday through Thursday.
No camping or open fires are allowed in Solitude parking lots or on mountain at any time.
Mountain Bike Safety and Trail Etiquette
Helmets are required for all biking activities anywhere on Solitude Mountain Resort property to help ensure your safety. Before mountain biking at Solitude, please know all mountain bike trail etiquette and traffic regulations listed below:
1. All uphill traffic gets the right of way.
2. When going downhill, yield to uphill bike traffic, hikers, and disc golfers.
3. Stay alert. Proper yielding requires that you slow down before you near hikers or fellow riders when riding downhill.
4. Make sure to ride your bike on designated MTB trails, not hiking trails.
5. Please note that Easy Out and Krüzr are single-track, one-way trails permitting only downhill traffic.
Solitude Mountain Resort is located in the Salt Lake City Watershed Region. Please use restrooms and stay out of the creeks and lakes around the Resort. Although restroom facilities are not available at our Moonbeam Lodge base area, restrooms are open daily in Solitude Village. To see more watershed information, click here.
Mountain Biker's Responsibility Code
1. STAY IN CONTROL. You’re responsible for avoiding objects and people.
2. KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Ride within your ability. Start small and work your way up.
3. PROTECT YOURSELF. Use appropriate bike, helmet, and protective equipment.
4. INSPECT AND MAINTAIN YOUR EQUIPMENT. Know your components and their operation prior to riding.
5. BE LIFT SMART. Know how to load, ride, and unload lifts safely. Ask if you need help.
6. INSPECT THE TRAILS AND FEATURES. Conditions change constantly; plan and adjust your ride accordingly.
7. OBEY SIGNS AND WARNINGS. Stay on marked trails only. Keep off closed trails and features. Ride in the direction indicated.
8. BE VISIBLE. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, feature, or landing, or where you are not visible.
9. LOOK AND YIELD TO OTHERS. Look both ways and yield when entering or crossing a road or trail. When overtaking, use caution and yield to those ahead.
10. COOPERATE. If you are involved in or witness an accident, identify yourself to staff.
11. NO DRONES. The use of drones is not allowed at Solitude Mountain Resort.
12. NO SMOKING. Smoking is not allowed on the mountain due to fire concerns.
Mountain Bike Checklist
1. Helmets are required at Solitude. Ensure your helmet is in good shape and properly adjusted.
2. Inspect bike frame, fork, and other components for cracked, damaged, or dented areas.
3. Check that your brake pads are in good condition and are not worn.
4. Front and rear axles (skewers) should be tight.
5. Headset and stem must be secure with no looseness or play.
6. Check that your tires are in good condition with no tears or cuts in the sidewall.
7. Handle bar and handle grips must be tight and unable to spin.
8. Seat and seat post must be fastened securely.
Summer Safety Tips
Consider the weather
Summer weather in the mountains can change drastically in a matter of hours, or sometimes minutes. Rain, hail, and even snow are a possibility when you are at high elevation.
When hiking, choose appropriate footwear
For a short day hike that does not involve a heavy pack of technical terrain, sneakers or trail shoes will work well. If you are traveling over more technical terrain or carrying a heavy load, hiking boots are recommended.
Bring extra food
Any number of things can keep you out longer than expected – such as getting lost, enjoying time by a stream, an injury, or difficult terrain. Extra food will help boost energy and morale.
Bring extra water
Hydrating during a high-altitude adventure is key to avoiding dehydration. Consuming too little water will make you more susceptible to altitude sickness and hypothermia.
Carry rain gear and extra clothing
Dressing in layers allows you to adjust to changing weather and activity levels. Avoid cotton (it keeps moisture close to your skin) and always carry a hat.
Wear sunscreen and sunglasses
If you are above tree-line when there is a skin-scorching combination of sun and late season snow, you will need sunglasses to prevent snow blindness. Sunscreen is also essential, especially because the summer months at high altitude can deliver 40% – 50% greater sun intensity than at sea level.
Carry a map and compass/GPS
A map and compass not only tell you where you are and how far you have to go, but they can also help you find campsites, water, and an emergency exit route in the event of an accident. While GPS units are very useful, always carry a map and compass as a backup.
Hiking at high elevation
The high-elevation backcountry of the Wasatch Mountains is an explorer’s wonderland, but recreating at high altitude has significant effects on the human body and mind. Above 8,000 feet, altitude sickness affects 20-30 percent of visitors from low elevations to some degree. The first thing most people notice is a shortness of breath, especially when exercising. In addition, your heart is likely to beat faster and one may develop nausea, unusual tiredness, and headaches. Those with one or more of these symptoms may have Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If the symptoms do not subside quickly, call a doctor. Most importantly, listen to your body. Do not push the limits of your physical capabilities.
On-mountain vehicles & construction
The majority of mountain improvements and repairs to our facilities occur during the summer months, so guests should always be observant of construction hazards. Stay out of any construction zones or roped off areas. Vehicle access to Solitude Mountain Resort is limited to company vehicles or those having legitimate, approved business on the mountain. Vehicles may be encountered at any time, and terrain may temporarily be closed for maintenance.
All summer trails and roads are multi-use and shared among hikers, bikers, disc golfers, and vehicles. Please be aware of flying discs.
For your own protection, please stay off chairlifts and towers. During our summer maintenance, chairlifts may start without warning.
Lightning & thunderstorms
The weather is notorious for changing quickly in the mountains. In the summer, that means you should be on the lookout for afternoon thunderstorms. If you notice one approaching, seek shelter when possible. Hike or bike with a rain jacket and other appropriate gear, know your surroundings and if inclement weather is approaching be sure to avoid ridgetops, lift houses, lift towers, power lines, open ski runs, fences, signposts, and the tallest tree or object in your vicinity.
No smoking, please. The fire danger in this area is very high during the summer. If you see, a wildfire please call 911 immediately.
Local wildlife & wildflowers
It's important to us to be stewards of the environment by interacting with our local flora and fauna respectfully and safely, and we ask our guests to do the same. That includes limiting travel to designated hiking and biking trails. If you encounter a wild animal, remain calm and back away slowly to ensure it does not feel threatened. Never approach or feed wildlife. Leave wildflowers and plants in their native spaces.
Open Containers and Smoking
Dogs and Pets
On-Mountain Service Animals
The policy of restricting service animals on both chairlifts and mountain terrain also applies to all other animals, including pets and emotional support animals. Note that pets that are not service animals are already restricted from Big Cottonwood Canyon due to the Watershed Protection Ordinance. For more information on watershed policies, please visit the Salt Lake City Public Utilities website.
If a guest with a service animal seeks to visit an area of the mountain for a special event during summer operations, Solitude may provide alternative transportation to the venue on the mountain, depending on the mountain location, weather conditions, and other variables. Solitude recommends that guests provide 72-hour advance notice when seeking transportation to on-mountain venues.
Due to the unique winter environmental conditions and the extreme terrain and weather conditions, Solitude does not allow or provide access to on-mountain venues during winter operations for guests with service animals.
At all times, the service animal must be under the control of its handler. The service animal shall have a harness, leash, or other tether, unless either the handler is unable because of a disability to use a harness, leash or other tether, or the use of a harness, leash, or other tether would interfere with the service animal’s safe and effective performance of work or tasks, in which case the service animal must be otherwise under the handler’s control (e.g., voice command, signals, or other effective means).
Authorized personnel may request the service animal be removed from the premises if: (1) The animal is out of control and the animal’s handler does not take immediate action to control the animal; or (2) the animal is not housebroken. If the service animal is removed, Solitude will make all reasonable efforts to the guest with a disability, the opportunity to participate in the services or activities without having the service animal on premise.