Solitude Rules & Regulations
Mountain Safety Policies
Solitude Stage 1 fire restrictions
The U.S. Forest Service has moved Solitude to Stage 1 fire restrictions. As a result, the following changes are effective immediately and until further notice:
- No fires of any kind are permitted anywhere on resort property. While personal grilling fueled by liquid petroleum fuels is allowed, the resort strongly advises against this at this time.
- Smoking or vaping is only allowed on paved areas in Entry 1 and Entry 2 parking lots or when inside a personal vehicle. No resort-owned vehicles or buildings allow smoking inside them.
- For special events, we will have designated smoking areas near Roundhouse and Last Chance Lodge only.
Due to the location of Solitude Mountain Resort and ongoing drought conditions statewide, we are extremely limited in our access to water. We ask that all guests and staff help support these changes to minimize the potential for wildfire. For any questions or concerns, reach out to human resources. rich-text
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 and safety tips. rich-text
Dogs & 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.
Open Containers and Smoking
Smoking or vaping is not permitted at Solitude, except in your personal vehicle or when occupying paved areas of the Moonbeam or Solitude Village parking lots.
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.
Winter Mountain 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.
Winter Safety Tips
The base of Solitude lies at 8,000 feet above sea level, while the summit of our mountain sits at over 10,000 feet above sea level. At these elevations, the air is thinner and less oxygen is available. Visitors coming from lower elevations may experience altitude sickness, which usually occurs within the first 48 hours of arrival. Symptoms include headaches, nausea, insomnia, and loss of appetite. To help avoid altitude sickness, or to reduce symptoms, it is recommended that you stay well hydrated by increasing your fluid intake and decreasing your consumption of salt, alcohol, and caffeine. High carb, low-fat foods can also help. High elevations can accentuate existing health problems. If you have respiratory or vascular illness, consult your physician prior to your trip. Seek medical assistance if symptoms persist or get worse.
Use caution when walking at the resort, especially in buildings, on walkways, and in parking lots. Snow and water that melts and freezes can cause surfaces to become slippery any time of the day or night. You can help to prevent a fall by cleaning the snow off the bottom of your ski and snowboard boots. Traction can be improved with footwear that has good treads, or with devices that attach to the bottom of shoes and boots.
Be cautious of snow falling from roofs. Do not linger or allow children to play near buildings that are covered in snow or that have hanging icicles.
For improved visibility, thoroughly clear your vehicle of snow and ice from all windows and lights. Because roads can be slick, it is important to keep a safe distance from other vehicles. If you encounter ice, avoid braking and use lower gears to control your speed.
Your last run of the day
End the day on a positive note. Stop skiing or riding with the first signs of fatigue.
The Responsibility Code states that “Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride, and unload safely.” If you are unfamiliar with loading or unloading a chairlift, it is your responsibility to ask for assistance from the lift operator. Remove backpacks prior to loading the chairlift. Before unloading, ensure all straps and buckles are not caught in the chair. When children are riding a chairlift, we encourage the use of a courtesy bar when available. However, using the courtesy bar does not guarantee the safety of the passengers. Sit back, hold on, look forward, and don’t fool around.
Children’s Chairlift Code of Conduct
Please take an active role in educating children to load and unload chairlifts safely.
- Behave, be aware, and be respectful of others when you are in line, loading the chair, riding the chair, and unloading the chair.
- When you are loading the chair, move promptly from the WAIT HERE board to the LOAD HERE board when the chair in front of you passes. Keep your skis or snowboard straight.
- At the LOAD HERE board:
- If you carry poles, hold them in your inside hand. Make sure your pole straps are not around your wrist
- Look back and to the outside for the on-coming chair
- Grab on to the chair (side, back, or top of seat) as it approaches
- Use the courtesy bar if you can do so safely; politely announce that the bar is being lowered
- While you are riding the chair, sit back, hold on, look forward, and don’t fool around. Do not play with skis or boards and do not play with the courtesy bar
- If the lift stops, do not turn around, bounce, or otherwise play
- When you are preparing to unload the chair, politely announce that the courtesy bar is being raised
- Keep your ski or snowboard tips up and straight ahead
- After you unload the chair:
- Move away from the unloading ramp
- Stay out of the way of others
- If you fail to unload:
- Sit back and hold on
- Wait for the operator
On the Slopes
- If you have not skied before, we recommend that you take a lesson. The Solitude Ski & Ride School is staffed by trained instructors who provide a more effective and safer learning environment than learning on your own or from a friend. They can also help you to become familiar with the mountain.
- Read the loading and lift information boards. If uncertain how to load or unload a certain chairlift, ask the operator or attendant for help. Sit back while on the chair.
- Remove backpacks prior to loading the lift. Ensure that straps and buckles are clear of the chair while unloading the lift.
- We recommend skiing or snowboarding with a partner. Arrange a meeting place and time in the event anyone in your group becomes separated. Notify someone in your group if you decide to leave the resort.
- To avoid a collision, it is best to be predictable when skiing. Avoid suddenly swerving from the direction you have been travelling.
- There are 50% more UV rays at 10,000 feet of elevation than at sea level, and as such, the sun’s intensity is far greater at this altitude. Always wear eye and skin protection, even on cloudy days.
- If you drop anything from a chairlift into a closed area or onto a run too difficult for your ability, note the number of the nearest lift tower and report it to the attendant at the top of the chairlift. Ski Patrol will attempt to retrieve it and leave it at the bottom of the lift.
- Observe the areas posted as “Slow” and slow down, no matter your ability level. Fast or reckless skiing and riding can result in injury to you or others and perhaps the loss of your lift ticket or pass.
- Trail ratings are different on every mountain. Solitude’s trail ratings are relevant to the terrain here, and can be very different than at your home resort. Start on easier runs before attempting more difficult runs.
- Pay attention to message boards at the bottom of chairlifts for any messages from Ski Patrol.
- Sledding or tubing is not allowed at Solitude.
- Any activity other than downhill skiing or snowboarding may be prohibited within the ski area.
- Snowcats, snowmobiles, and snowmaking or other equipment may be encountered at any time. Stay clear.
- It is your responsibility to learn which trails and terrain areas are open. Access to avalanche prone terrain is available through “open” gates only.
- Fencing, poles, padding, and other markings are intended to alert you to certain hazards, not to protect you from injury. Not all obstacles are marked.
- We discourage the use of music players and cell phones (including cell phone earpieces) while loading and unloading chairlifts.
- Be alert for wildlife, and do not feed or approach any wildlife that you encounter.
- Watch for falling limbs and trees.
- CAUTION: Deep snow or tree wells can expose you to the risk of snow immersion, injuries, or fatalities. Educate yourself on how to reduce the risks. Always ski or ride with a partner and keep them in sight, especially in or near trees. If someone becomes immersed, DO NOT leave to get help. Go directly for their airway and keep it clear. For further information, visit deepsnowsafety.org.
- Avalanche Warning: While rare within the resort, avalanches may occur both inside and outside of the posted ski area boundary at any time and without warning. Become educated on how to reduce the risks through your own actions and awareness. Contact Solitude’s Ski Patrol for information on our avalanche beacon practice area. For information on avalanche safety, visit avalanche.org.
- Share the slopes and enjoy a lifetime of skiing.
Collisions between guests, or colliding with object, can cause very serious injuries or fatalities. Personal awareness can reduce this risk.
Defensive skiing and snowboarding:
- BE READY to react to the unexpected. Know your skills, know the terrain, and know your stopping distance.
- STAY ALERT. Be aware of your surroundings. Maintain a safe following distance. Look uphill when merging and yielding. Check your blind spots.
- PLAN AHEAD. Stay in your lane. Give space when passing. Check your speed. Stop and rest on the side of the run.
Those involved in a collision are required by law remain at the scene, except to notify Ski Patrol for assistance.
Deep Snow Safety
Snow Immersion Suffocation / SIS Hazards
Skiing and snowboarding off groomed runs and in deep powder can be one of the most exciting and appealing parts of recreating in the mountains. However, if you decide to leave a groomed trail, you are voluntarily accepting the risk of a deep snow immersion accident. A deep snow immersion accident occurs when a skier or snowboarder falls into an area of deep unconsolidated snow, such as a tree well, and becomes immobilized and suffocates. Fatalities from SIS hazards are referred to as Snow Immersion Suffocations.
Become educated on reducing the risks of SIS hazards through your own actions and awareness. Always ski or snowboard with a partner, and stay within viewing distance. Deepsnowsafety.org is a useful resource in educating yourself about the risks and prevention of deep snow and tree well immersion accidents.
Solitude Mountain Resort strongly discourages the use of cell phones and electronics devices that use headphones or earphones while skiing or snowboarding, and while loading and unloading the chairlifts.
Solitude Mountain Resort is located in the Wasatch Mountains, which are known for its iconic powder skiing. But because of the nature of the snow and terrain, avalanches are an inherent risk of recreating in the mountains. While mitigation efforts from our Ski Patrol help reduce the risks, avalanches may occur within the resort boundaries during operating hours. Although rare, it is possible to be caught in an avalanche within the ski area boundary.
Access to avalanche prone terrain is only allowed through “open” gates. Entering closed areas by ducking under rope lines, hiking from the bottom of a rope line, or through a “closed” gate is unlawful and punishable by the loss of skiing or snowboarding privileges and a Class B misdemeanor citation.
Most avalanche prone terrain at Solitude is rated as black diamond and double black diamond. These areas are recommended for expert skiers and riders only.
Become educated on how to reduce the risk of injury or death from avalanches through your own actions and awareness. It is your responsibility to know and practice safe skiing and snowboarding techniques while in avalanche prone terrain.
Solitude’s Ski Patrol utilizes the Recco system in avalanche searches.
Solitude has an avalanche beacon park available to practice searching. The beacon park is located skier’s left of the SolBright trail above Headwall Forest, and can be 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.
If you choose to ski or snowboard in avalanche prone terrain, we recommend the following:
- Educate yourself by taking an avalanche education course
- Carry an airbag pack, avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe and know how to use them
- Use equipment or clothing that utilizes the Recco system
- Travel with a partner
- Practice safe travel technique• Have a plan and know where you are going
- Ski one at a time and keep in visual contact with your partner(s)
- If caught in an avalanche, fight like hell to stay on top of the snow
- If caught in an avalanche, attempt to create an airspace in front of your face as soon as you stop moving
- If caught in an avalanche, call for help. Let Ski Patrol know you or your partner were involved in an avalanche.
Visit avalanche.org, utahavalanche.org, and recco.com for further information on the risks and prevention of avalanche related injuries and death.
Access into lift-served backcountry terrain is permitted through “open” gates only. It is unlawful to access backcountry terrain by ducking under ropes or through “closed” gates. It is unlawful to reenter Solitude from the backcountry through closed terrain. Backcountry terrain is not patrolled or maintained. Avalanche mitigation work is not conducted in the backcountry. Ski or snowboard backcountry terrain at your own risk.
You are responsible for your own rescue. Good decision making and partner rescue is you best chance of surviving an avalanche. Rescues may take an extended amount of time, resulting in hypothermia. If you need to be rescued, you are not only putting your party’s lives at risk, but those of the rescuers as well.
Call 911 for rescues in the backcountry.
If you choose to ski or snowboard in the backcountry, please take note of the safety tips under “Avalanche Safety.”
Fantasy Ridge, Highway to Heaven, and Evergreen Peak
Solitude Mountain Resort has a considerable amount of terrain that is only accessible by hiking. The majority of this terrain is rated double black diamond, and the hikes can be very difficult and may require expert climbing skills. Hiking is required from the Highway to Heaven area in order to return to lift-serviced terrain. To access the Fantasy Ridge terrain area, each individual must carry an avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe and check in with ski patrol at the top of Summit Express before proceeding.Falls in these areas can result in serious injury or death. Hiking at altitude requires a high degree of physical fitness and is recommended for expert skiers and snowboarders only.
These areas have avalanche prone terrain. Access to these areas is permitted through “open” gates only. Rescues in these areas may take an extended amount of time due to the remoteness and difficulty of the terrain.
If you choose to hike to or out of this terrain, we recommend the following:
- Use a backpack to carry your skis or snowboard while hiking so that you have your hands free for better balance and travel
- Travel with a partner
- Have a plan and know where you are going
- Be prepared to assist in your own rescue by carrying extra clothing, a first aid kit, extra food, and water
- Carry an avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe and know how to use them (this avalanche gear is required to access Fantasy Ridge).
- Minors should be accompanied by a responsible adult
Ski Patrol Information
Avalanche Rescue Dogs
Properly trained dogs are a huge asset in avalanche rescues, and Solitude is proud to have three dogs as part of the Ski Patrol team. Rio, Lumen, and Joni are most often stationed at the Ski Patrol Shacks located at the top of Powderhorn II and Summit Express chairlifts. Our dogs love their jobs, but doing them well requires continuous training. Any time a dog is on the mountain it is “in training,” and you may encounter a dog running alongside its handler, loading a lift with its handler, or working a search drill. Please do not approach, call, or distract the dogs. Skiing too close to a dog, or distracting them in any way, are a major safety concern for the working team. Give all dogs adequate space and slow down or stop when you see a dog and handler on the mountain. A collision with a dog or cut from a ski edge could cause a career ending injury.
Watch Solitude's event calendar for our avalanche dog demonstrations occurring at the bottom of the Apex Express chairlift 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.