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Ski & Snowboard News / Solitude's Roundhouse is a mid-mountain retreat

Feb 13, 2018 10:39AM ● By Harriet Wallis

The firepit is inviting / photo: Harriet Wallis

Solitude's mid mountain Roundhouse offers a calming atmosphere. It's a place to settle down and savor food specialties, great views, and quiet conversation.

The Roundhouse is mid-mountain at 8,500 feet. While locals take elevation for granted, many visitors get a thrill at being up at altitude. Inside, the high mountain theme continues with the Himalayan Grill. There's a selection of vegetarian and meat dishes with far away sounding names. Lunch selections include Saag Paneer, a sauteed spinach and cheese dish; Dal Bhet, a lentil and vegetable stew combination; and a braised lamb curry with vegetables and Himalayan spices. The names alone will carry you away. Lunchtime becomes its own vacation.

Savory dishes start here / photo: Harriet Wallis

The second floor of the Roundhouse includes a huge firepit where skiers and riders can warm up or just relax and watch the flickering flames. Fireplaces used to be traditional ski lodge elements, but most have disappeared over the years. Solitude's firepit brings the tradition back. And the peaked windows offer extreme views of the slopes and the evergreen and aspen forest.

Quiet conversation with a view / photo: Harriet Wallis

Historically, Solitude's Roundhouse was one of the resort's original buildings. Over the years, additions were added, and in the spring of 2016, just after the resort closed for the season, the additions burned. But the original two-story concrete building and its circular fireplace withstood the fire. The building was reconditioned and upgraded, and the Roundhouse continues as Solitude's iconic mid-mountain retreat.

The deck outside provides a front row seat for watching downhill action in the formidable the Sunshine Bowl. Or choose a woodland view. The aspen forest comes right up to the deck.

Watch for the action / photo: Harriet Wallis
The mini snowman has a mountain view / photo: Harriet Wallis

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