Alta Ski Resort, Utah

  • 01 of 09

    Alta Ski Resort Utah: Peaks in the Sun

    Alta ski resort, peaks in sunlight. Photo © Teresa Plowright.
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    Alta Mountain is one of seven ski resorts within 40 miles of the Salt Lake City airport -- read more about Salt Lake City skiing.

    Alta is a skiers-only mountain! This includes nordic skiing.

    Alta is one of the oldest ski resorts in the US; its first ski lift was operating as far back as 1939.

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  • 02 of 09

    Alta Ski Resort Utah Photos: Lift

    Alta - lift
    Alta has plenty of wide swathes that make excellent ski runs for intermediates. Though beloved by advanced skiers, "Alta is a mountain for everyone" (- except snowboarders, that is.)
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  • 03 of 09

    Alta Ski Resort Utah: Slopes

    Alta ski resort, scenic shopes. Photo © Teresa Plowright.
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    Alta ski resort has 2200 skiable acres. Base Elevation is 8,530 ft., and top Elevation is 10,550 ft. How's your math? (Vertical Drop is 2,020 feet.)
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  • 04 of 09

    Alta Ski Resort: Deep Snow

    Alta ski resort, deep snow. Photo © Teresa Plowright.
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    This high wall of snow gives an indication of how much of the white stuff falls at Alta. Average annual snowfall is 500 inches.

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  • 05 of 09

    Alta Ski Resort - Trail Sign, Snowbird

    Alta - trail sign

    Above: Bird's Nest run is at the Snowbird ski resort. Buy an Alta-Snowbird ticket, and you can ski both areas, increasing your ski zone to 4700 acres.

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  • 06 of 09

    Alta Lodge

    Alta ski resort photos: Alta Lodge sign. Photo © Teresa Plowright.
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    Alta doesn't have a big ski village with posh resorts: rather, a handful of lodges and condos are scattered at the base of the ski area. Alta Lodge is a "lodge" in the old-fashioned sense: no tv's; big fireplace; get to know other guests over dinner.

    (Note the bus sign, above: public buses run from the airport to the Alta ski slopes.)

    *Always check destination web sites for updates!

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  • 07 of 09

    Alta Ski Lodge: Photo, Room

    Alta ski resort, photos of Alta Lodge, guestroom. Photo © Teresa Plowright.
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    Rooms are simple, at the Alta Ski Lodge. Meals, however, can be surprising: such as chocolate whisky mousse dessert.

    Alta Lodge offers kids' programs, including apres-ski, kids' dinner, and evening activities.

    See the Alta Lodge site for more info.

    Always check destination websites for updates!

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  • 08 of 09

    Alta Ski Resort Utah - Base near Parking

    Alta ski resort, Utah - ski shop. Photo © Teresa Plowright.
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    Just below Alta Lodge, we found a ski shop and the casual Goldminer's Daughter lodge and restaurant, close to a large parking area. At the left, above, is a "transfer tow", to take skiers to the Albion Base, which has ski school, day care, Children's Ski Adventure Center, rentals, restaurant, etc.

    *Always check destination websites for updates!

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  • 09 of 09

    Alta Ski Resort Utah: Sunset

    Alta ski resort, Utah, sunset. Photo © Teresa Plowright.
    ••• Photo © Teresa Plowright.
    Check Alta.com for updates about the area and for all the details about Utah's Alta ski resort.