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.
Alta Ski Resort Utah Photos: 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.)
Alta Ski Resort Utah: Slopes
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.)
Alta Ski Resort: Deep Snow
This high wall of snow gives an indication of how much of the white stuff falls at Alta. Average annual snowfall is 500 inches.
Alta Ski Resort - Trail Sign, Snowbird
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.
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.)
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Alta Ski Lodge: Photo, Room
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.
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Alta Ski Resort Utah - Base near Parking
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.
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Alta Ski Resort Utah: Sunset
Check Alta.com for updates about the area and for all the details about Utah's Alta ski resort.