Alta Ski Resort  

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End of Highway 210
Alta, UT 84092
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Overview by Ashley Patterson

Alta is the land of free-heel skiing, wool pants, hiking for untracked powder, Wasatch wahoos, and old-fashioned fixed lifts. Alta is old-school skiing at its best—and that also means NO SNOWBOARDING. Quality, not quantity, is what counts here. The best lines are all a hike from the top of the lifts and require a surface tow ride at the bottom to return to the chairlifts. The clientele at Alta not only doesn't complain about the lack of modern facilities, they embrace the resort as remaining true to the sport of skiing. Alta keeps more people in line so there are fewer people on the mountain at any given time, and the lack of capitol improvements keep ticket prices at rock-bottom levels when compared to other nearby ski resorts.

Alta has always been known as the place to be for powder hounds. In 2004, Alta added several high-speed lifts (one a detachable quad) and expanded and renovated the children's center and Adventure Center. With its abundance of powder (560 inches annually), Alta now offers a better experience for families with children.

Where: Alta is tucked in the upper reaches of Little Cottonwood Canyon, within the Wasatch/Cache National Forest. 33 miles from the Salt Lake International Airport.

Ski School: The Alf Engen Ski School carries the name of its founder, skiing legend Alf Engen. Alf and his wife Evelyn began teaching skiing at Alta in 1948, just after Alf had completed his term as U.S. Olympic Ski Team coach.

Recent Additions: Alta, being Alta, does not currently have any major improvements in the hopper.

Average Snowfall
560 Inches
Skiable Acreage
Vertical Drop
2020 feet
25% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% advanced
Number of Runs
Number of Lifts
Mid-November to mid-April
Related Resources
Closest Airport

Weather for Alta

Current Conditions:
Fair, 79 F
Tue - Sunny. High: 86 Low: 58
Wed - Cloudy. High: 89 Low: 55
Thu - Partly Cloudy. High: 87 Low: 59
Fri - Partly Cloudy. High: 85 Low: 56
Sat - Mostly Sunny. High: 84 Low: 51

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    Machine Groomed


  • Ski Lifts Open:
    3 of 11
  • Trails:
    16 of 116
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Last Updated: December 08 2014 02:23 PM

Traveler Reviews of Alta

John rates Alta
Some times it's worth the hassle to get to a ski resort and Alta is worth it. I love powder skiing and Alta delivers. It's somewhat pricey on my budget, but in this case it was worth it. No need for me to wear a helmet as NO snowboarders are allowed, nothing against them, but I've been hit by out of control snowboarders more than anybody. This place is rustic and rugged. Food selection at the lodge is minimal but the staff were helpful and friendly. Go off the beaten path at your own risk. Alta is an adventure. Pros: Short lines, Good tours. Cons: Bad location, Expensive.
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Catherine rates Alta
I visited the Salt Lake area for a spring ski trip and visited various destinations including Brighton and Solitude. Alta was by far the best skiing and the closest to our lodging in Salt Lake City. Fortunately, we had great weather conditions. I loved that it was less crowded and more rustic than the other resorts. I also love that snowboarding is not allowed. Pros: No snowboarders, Short lines, Great conditions, Easy to access, Well maintained
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Michael rates Alta
The powder at Alta is so nice and the people that work there were so friendly. With the exception of the lack of food choices, it's a really good resort. Keep up the great work. Pros: Keep up the great work. Short lines, Love the powder, Easy to access, Well maintained. Cons: Food choices
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