SolBright: The Trail Shared by Two Resorts

We’re getting ready for the 2020 / 2021 Utah ski season! We want to tell you about a little known ski deal called SolBright. We recently hiked there to check out the trail improvements in preparation for the upcoming ski season. Brighton Ski Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort offer a unique lift ticket to ski both areas. Brighton and Solitude Ski resorts in Utah are connected by a scenic intermediate trail called SolBright. This trail is a favorite of the skier/reservation agents at UtahState.com and allows visitors to ski between these two awesome resorts. The SolBright pass as it’s called is a fantastic bargain. This run connects these two resorts by first passing from the Summit Chair at Solitude down to the Evergreen Chair area at Brighton, where you can then access the entire mountain. You’ll find plenty of intermediate skiing at both resorts while you enjoy Utah’s famous “greatest snow on earth”. As you pass between these two resorts, you pass above Silver Lake, which is where Solitude’s Nordic Center is located, and eventually end-up back at Solitude Mountain Resort on the Timber Line/North Star run under Sunrise lift. The skiing is awesome and the views are drop dead gorgeous. Call the team at UtahState.com at 801-544-1800 for discounts on Utah ski lift tickets and well as bargains on complete Utah Ski package deals. Partner with Snelgrove Travel in Layton Utah. Known as Utah’s “favorite travel agency”.

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Utah Ski Resorts Take Precautionary Measures, Plan November Reopening

The Utah ski season is just around the corner. The team at Snelgrove Travel and UtahState.com in Layton Utah is excited once again to welcome to Utah to enjoy “The Greatest Snow on Earth”. In this COVID-19 environment, lodging facilities in Park City as well as in Salt Lake City and at Snowbird ski resort  are undertaking enhanced cleaning protocols in our hotel rooms and condos.  At Solitude Mountain Ski Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah  they are reporting that “all rental equipment will be completely sanitized after each use and we’ll be rearranging different points of sale, adding the ability to order food and services ahead of time and adding restroom facilities to keep lines from forming.”

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Restaurants at major Utah ski resorts will have more “grab-and-go” options and expanded outdoor seating to help guests maintain physical distancing and comply with local Salt Lake County health regulations. There is no questions that last season, Utah ski resorts were thrown a big surprise with having to close the ski season early due to the pandemic.

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For all the latest details on the upcoming 2020 / 2021 Utah ski season and deals on ski packages as well as discount lift tickets contact the ski desk at UtahState.com in Layton Utah 800-754-4136 or by email [email protected]

Most major Utah ski resorts are planning a Nov. 20 opening, weather permitting.

What “Park City Quick Start” Was

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The Park City Quick Start used to let you ski free on the day of arrival by showing your airline boarding pass. It is our understanding that this ski free on day of arrival program will not be offered for the 2020 / 2021 ski season. However for the latest updates check back here or call the ski desk at UtahState.com 801-544-1800. Park City ski resort is a wonderful ski resort operated by wonderful people even if the Park City Quick Start isn’t offered this ski season. Here’s some trivia for you. The START in Park City Quick Start stands for “ski today ride today”. Clever huh.
When offered, the Park City Quick Start was a unique program. It was meant to show that unlike Colorado, if you ski Utah you could fly into the Salt Lake City airport in the morning and be skiing at Park City by mid day. For real! To promote this the Park City Chamber of Commerce and the three Park City Resorts, Deer Valley, Canyons and Park City teamed up to create the Park City Quick Start program. This was introduced originally in 2006 and by promoting ski free on day of arrival, it showed how convenient the Park City ski resorts were to the Salt Lake International airport. Once you grab your skis or snowboard at the Salt Lake Airport, you exit the airport and hop on interstate 80 and turn east. A quick 30 minutes later while still on interstate 80 as you pass through the Salt Lake Valley, take the Park City exit off and you have arrived. Then just pick your resort, show your out of state drivers licence (bummer for locals) and your boarding pass and then ski free for the rest of the day. The Park City Quick start was a great marketing idea and we hope the marketing folks bring it back. Especially as the ski industry recovers from the effects of COVID-19.
For discount ski lift tickets to many Utah resorts or complete ski packages, call the ski desk at UtahState.com at 801-544-1800. Our office is located near Park City in Layton Utah. We can also be reached by email at [email protected] We follow all the latest Park City and ski Utah news. If the Park City Quick start program returns for the 2020 /2021 ski season. We will be the first to know. Ski Utah …home of the “greatest snow on earth”.

Bloods Lake

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Don’t let the name Bloods Lake fool you. This beautiful lake near Park City Ski Resort isn’t what the name suggests. Tucked just below beautiful Guardsman Pass at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon in Utah, this little body of water boasts an island, a rock cliff, and an alpine forest. The moderate hike to Bloods Lake is short and easy, so it’s great for the whole family. Dogs as well. The lake is beautiful and, while there are usually folks with their dogs, even on a weekend you can always find a quiet little corner to enjoy. The hike down is beautiful, wandering between big, old conifer trees and revealing wide views of the Heber valley. The hike is pretty flat until you reach the lake, where there’s a short descent. You’ll climb to about 9,800 feet and emerge onto a steep overlook and parking lot with great views of the Park City backwoods and mountain valleys. In addition we have all the details on the Park City Quick Start ski free on the day of arrival.

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The gorgeous high alpine terrain looks like a scene from The Sound of Music. This parking area serves several different trails, including one of the most popular mountain bike trails in the Park City and Salt Lake area (the Wasatch Crest Trail), so parking can be a challenge on weekends during the warmer months. If you park facing the valley, the Bloods Lake trail starts to your left and continues downhill. The total distance to the lake is .6 miles, and you descend about 300 feet as you wind down to the lake. You will see the ski lifts of Park City off to the north. Guardsman Pass is closed in the winter, so this hike is best for late spring, summer, and fall when the snow has melted. Drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon, and take the left-hand road as your reach Brighton Ski Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon—there’s a big directional sign indicating Guardsman Pass and Park City. For Utah ski trips call the team at UtahState.com in Layton Utah at 801-544-1800.

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About Solitude Ski Resort

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snowsportssolbrightSolitude Ski Resort is located in Utah’s Big Cottonwood Canyon of the Wasatch Mountains about thirty miles southeast of the airport at Salt Lake City, Utah. Solitude boasts 66 trails, 1,200 acres and 2,047 vertical feet. Solitude is one of the smaller Utah ski resorts near and is a neighbor to Brighton Ski Resort. It is a wonderful family-oriented mountain ski resort, with a wide variety of beginner, intermediate and advanced slopes than other nearby ski resorts; 50% of the slopes at Solitude are graded “beginner” or “intermediate,” the highest variety of slopes in the Salt Lake City area. It’s a favorite for the local Utah skiers. What about snowboarders? yes it’s a wonderful place for snowboarders. Solitude was one of the first major US ski resorts to adopt an RFID lift ticket system that allows lift lines to move much more efficiently while at the same time reduce “lift poaching”. Following Solitude’s lead on RFID was Alta Ski Area in 2007. Solitude is adjacent to Brighton Ski Resort (where Utah learned to ski) and is near the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Solitude and Brighton have joined together and offer a common “Solbright Pass” which provides access to both resorts for a slight up charge. Ski Utah and call UtahState.com in Layton Utah for deals 801-544-1800.

Solitude’s Nordic Center

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Hey ski Utah fans! Solitude’s Nordic Center is one of Utah’s best-kept ski secrets. A snowshoeing & nordic cross country skiing mecca! Explore twenty kilometers of pristine trails through some of Utah’s most stunning, and secret, terrain. Easily accessible from the Solitude Village. If you need to brush up on technique, private and group lessons, clinics and workshops, and snowshoe tours are offered. Nordic tickets and snowshoe rentals available at the Powderhorn Adventure Center and Nordic Center, while Nordic ski rentals are only available at the Nordic Center. Happy trails.Three free shuttles run from Solitude Village to the Nordic Center (entry 3) departing at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Contact the ski desk at UtahState.com in Layton Utah for all your Utah ski vacation needs. Call 800-754-4136 or email [email protected] For discounts on lift tickets or complete ski Utah vacations contact us today!

Brighton Ski Resort preview for the 2020 /2021 ski season

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Brighton Ski Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah was the first ski resort in Utah, and one of the first in the United States. Brighton started way back in 1936 when members of the Alpine Ski Club built a tow rope from wire and an old truck motor. This is where most of the staff at UtahState.com learned to ski. Most Brighton skiers and riders are Utah locals and believe it is one of ski Utah’s “best kept secrets”. But the word is getting out since Brighton is getting known for its cliffs, chutes, bowls and natural features. The publicity is increasing as Brighton was voted to have the 2nd best snow in North America, losing the top spot to its neighbor Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort. Brighton Ski Resort reaches 10,750 feet with 1,130 skiable acres. We have complete ski packages as well as lift ticket discounts available.
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Brighton is next door to Solitude Mountain Resort and the two ski areas offer a common “Solbright Pass” which provides access to both resorts for a small fee. Transit between the two mountains is provided from Solitude to Brighton via the Solbright run off the Summit Express on Solitude, or via the Evergreen trail off the Milly Express on Brighton. This treasure is not to be missed and is why Brighton is one of the favorite ski resorts of the ski reservation agents at UtahState.com. For discounts on lift tickets or complete Utah ski vacations, call UtahState.com at 801-544-1800. The ski vacation division of Snelgrove Travel in Layton, Utah.
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Solitude Ski Resort Summer Preview

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On June 20, 2020 skier / reservation agents from the ski desk at UtahState.com visited Solitude ski Resort. Our intent was to check out the summer activities and conditions as we prepare for the 2020 / 2021 ski season in Utah. For Utah ski resorts in winter or summer, contact UtahState.com. We are #1 for Utah ski vacations. We live, work, ski Utah.
Solitude Ski Resort Snowsports Academy SummerLocated in one of the snowiest canyons in North America and only 30 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City. With a summit elevation of 10,566 feet, Solitude Mountain Resort features over 1,200 acres of skiing and riding, including access to some of the most exciting pristine terrain in the country.  It’s interesting to note that Solitude is where most of the skier / reservation agents at UtahState.com learned to ski. It’s a favorite of local skiers and snowboarders. Ski resorts should open a few days before Thanksgiving. A variety of lodging options are available in Solitude’s charming village, along with an array of delectable dining choices both on and off mountain. All Solitude amenities are served with a smile by our friendly staff, available to ensure your visit is memorable. As you can tell from our photos from our visit on June 20th, Solitude is more than just a winter resort. Enjoy summer hiking, mountain biking and disk golf at this special place.
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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) elevation. 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. A wonderful ski resort for all skill levels of skiers and snowboarders. Call the team at UtahState.com at 801-544-1800 for great deals on lift tickets and complete ski vacations.

Twin Lake near Brighton & Solitude Ski Resorts

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Nestled between Brighton ski resort and Solitude ski resort is Twin Lake. A close and wonderful snow shoeing or cross country skiing retreat is a winter or a wonderful hiking destination in the summer.

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Only two miles round trip and moderate skill level. This jewel is located in Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah. It’s a favorite getaway spot anytime of year for the ski reservation agents at UtahState.com. We ski, hike & live in Utah. Call our office for great deals on Utah ski packages 801-544-1800 or visit UtahState.com

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Snowbird Ski Resort (As Seen on June 10, 2020)

What do snow conditions in Utah look like in June?
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Well Richard from the ski desk at UtahState.com drove to Snowbird Ski Resort on Wednesday June 10, 2020 to take a look. Snowbird is a close neighbor to Alta Ski Resort. Both of these “World Class” ski resorts are located in Little Cottonwood Canyon which is east of Salt Lake City. Pictures don’t lie and as you can see there is still plenty of snow as a result of a healthy winter and spring snowfall.
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In fact, there were a few die hard skiers and snowboarders who hiked up the slopes since the ski lifts are officially closed for the season. Keep in mind that Snowbird is also a summer resort with many outdoor activities for the whole family. We fully expect the approaching ski season to be awesome.
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Every ski season is Utah is awesome! The major Utah ski and snowboarding resorts open on November 21, 2020. So get ready because the “Greatest Snow on Earth” will be here before you know it. As always for the best deals on discount ski lift tickets or complete Utah ski vacations., call the team at UtahState.com 801-544-1800.See you on the slopes!