If Utah could ever hope to catch the flavor of the European scene it would have to occur here. First off, they go totally ticketless; being the first resort in North America to put all ticketing options on a recyclable 'smart card'. The Village at Solitude continues to grow. The latest phase included a brand new lodge with new ticket office, cafeteria, rental shop and restrooms. Try to find a local to follow around the hill; there are so many hidden stashes you'll won't ski the same run twice. They've also begun to groom some of their black runs, making them more accessible to intermediates and more screaming for rippers. Solitude is also home to Utah's oldest and most scenic cross-country centers with over 20 kilometers of spectacular trails. Be sure to snowshoe into the Solitude Yurt for dinner. It's a once in a lifetime experience.