Denver-based Alterra, who is behind the Ikon Pass, now claims 27 properties (including Solitude) located in the U.S. and Canada. Once the Solitude transaction is complete, 13 of the Ikon mountains will be Alterra properties, with the remaining 14 being partner destinations. The Ikon Pass, which will debut this year, rivals Vail Resorts' Epic Pass, which boasts 65 resorts located worldwide.
"With its close relationship with Deer Valley Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort is a natural fit for Alterra Mountain Company, and a tremendous addition to our family of destinations," said Rusty Gregory, the Chief Executive Officer for Alterra, in a press release. "We are especially excited to expand our reach within Utah and offer another ski and snowboard experience in a state known for its exceptional snow and mountain culture."
In October of 2014, the former owners of Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, had purchased neighboring Solitude. Then, just three years later in August of 2017, KSL Capital Partners and Henry Crown and Company (which, as a joint venture, created the name Alterra Mountain Company in January of this year) purchased Deer Valley. After Deer Valley went to Alterra, the ski community was left wondering about Solitude's future and potential inclusion under the Alterra umbrella, until today.
After today’s announcement, Alterra’s Ikon Pass now features four resorts in Utah, including Snowbird, Alta, and Deer Valley, the latter being two of only three resorts in the country that still prohibit snowboarders.
"Joining the impressive group of Alterra Mountain Company destinations places Solitude Mountain Resort in a strong position to continue to grow and enhance the brand and culture that is Solitude," said Kim Mayhew, Solitude's General Manager, in Alterra's press release.
Pending a smooth business transaction, the sale of the resort should close before the upcoming 2018-19 season. It is likely that Solitude will be included in the 2018-19 Ikon Pass, however, those details have yet to be finalized and released.