The Summit Express at Solitude Mountain Resort has been both the lift of choice for black-diamond powder hounds … and somewhat of a hassle to get to.
Now, with new owner Deer Valley Resort in place, hitting the steeps on the front side and cashing in the powder stashes of backside Honeycomb Canyon just got easier.
Over the summer, the two-seater, fixed-grip Summit chair will be replaced by a high-speed quad called Summit Express.
A new trail will be cut to the base of the new lift off the top of the Apex Express that rises out of the village base. Both additions will smooth out skier and rider traffic around a mountain where expert and intermediate terrain dominates.
“This (new trail) significantly cuts down on travel time back into the popular Honeycomb Canyon,” Deer Valley’s Emily Summers told SnoCountry.com.
Also set for work this summer will be a significant remodel of the Moonbeam Lodge Restaurant, located where most of the drive-in skiers and snowboarders arrive up Big Cottonwood Canyon.
After finalizing the purchase of Solitude this spring, Deer Valley president Bob Wheaton said there also will be evidence of the new ownership in the coming season with upgraded trail grooming that is a trademark of Deer Valley, located over the divide in Park City.
"I think people that are there next year will definitely see some Deer Valley touches," he said.
Skiers and ‘boarders should expect a coordinated season pass for both Deer Valley and Solitude by next season, according to Wheaton, and the new owners expect to continue the Big Cottonwood Pass for both Solitude and neighboring Brighton Ski Resort.
Photo: Hiking above Honeycomb Canyon will be easier with new lift at Solitude (Solitude Facebook)