Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah announced yesterday that they will not be opening for the summer season. Citing concern for the health of their guests and staff, the resort confirmed that all restaurants, rentals, retail, lift-served hiking and biking, and disc golf will not be available, nor will The Inn at Solitude and Solitude Mountain Spa. Financials also played a part, the resort honestly admitting that they would not be able to generate enough revenue to make the summer a success.
The full announcement as it appeared on Facebook is below:
After considering many factors, and striving to do what is best for our staff and guests during the COVID-19 pandemic, Solitude has made the difficult decision that we will not be opening for public operations during summer 2020. This means that restaurants, rentals, retail, lift-served hiking and biking, and disc golf will not be available. The Inn at Solitude and Solitude Mountain Spa will not open during summer 2020.
We reached this decision out of concern for the health of staff and guests, as well as an honest assessment of our ability to generate enough meaningful revenue to make public summer operations a success under the current circumstances.
Some private condos will be available to rent through Solitude Resort Lodging. As of now, lodging guests may use the outdoor pool, hot tubs, and gym of Club Solitude, operating with metered capacity and additional sanitization protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our lodging staff will continue to evaluate our ability to comply with health restrictions as it relates to operating Club Solitude for lodging guests.
During the coming months, we will be busy preparing for winter. We look forward to welcoming our mountain family back to Solitude under circumstances and standards that allow us all to enjoy the outdoors together safely, forging connections, and inspiring discovery through once-in-a-lifetime mountain experiences.
Solitude Mountain Resort is a ski resort located in the Big Cottonwood Canyon of the Wasatch Mountains, thirty miles southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah. With 66 trails, 1,200 acres (4.9 km2), and 2,047 feet (624 m) vertical, Solitude is one of the smaller ski resorts near Salt Lake City, along with its neighbor Brighton. It is a family-oriented mountain, with a wider range of beginner and intermediate slopes than other nearby ski resorts; 50% of its slopes are graded “beginner” or “intermediate,” the highest such ratio in the Salt Lake City area. Solitude was one of the first major US resorts to adopt an RFID lift ticket system, allowing lift lines to move more efficiently while reducing “lift poaching”. It was followed by Alta Ski Area in 2007. Solitude is adjacent to Brighton Ski Resort near the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Solitude and Brighton offer a common “Solbright Pass” which provides access to both resorts for a nominal surcharge.
Solitude averages 500″ of snow a year and is one of 43 world-class destinations available on the Ikon Pass.