Alta Ski Resort

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Pros
  • High volume of light and fluffy snow - an average of over 500 in per year!
  • World-class extreme terrain
  • One of the best ski schools in the US
  • No-frills ski area; lift ticket prices are lower than most major US ski resorts
Cons
  • Skiers only
  • Some old-school two-seat fixed chairs still operating
  • Nightlife and shopping are a bit lacking

Alta Ski Resort Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Homestead Resort
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
69% off £446
Prospector Accommodations by All Seasons Resort Lodging
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
57% off £960
Carriage House Condominiums by All Seasons Resort Lodging
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
51% off £1,497

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Overall

4.6

When Utah coined the slogan “Greatest Snow on Earth” they probably meant Alta Ski Resort. The no-frills ski area, tucked deep in Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City, averages over 500 in of the stuff annually! Its elevation and dry air make it some of the lightest and fluffiest powder you can find anywhere, and it serves it all up on some of the best terrain in the west.

16/17 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

Early January to mid-March

Avoid

December

Alta Ski Resort’s season usually begins in early December, but for best snow coverage – especially in advanced and expert terrain – consider going between early January and mid-March. This also keeps you clear of the Christmas vacation rush, when the mountain is crowded and rooms tend to be more expensive. Later in the season, there’s usually a powder storm or two in April and it’s easy to follow the sun to find the best conditions at different times of day. By the end of the season, it’s common for temperatures to get over 40 °F, which isn’t all that great for the snow, but does make for some pleasant outdoor eating and après!

FLY TO

Salt Lake International Airport

SHUTTLE TO

Alta (45 minutes)

Base of Alta Ski Resort (Walk)

  • Made up of five convenient lodges
  • Most accommodations have ski-in/ski-out access or are very close to the slopes
  • Breakfast and dinner included at lodges

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Base of Snowbird (1-2 mi)

  • Snowbird resort operated lodging and timeshare accommmodation
  • Great for skiing at both mountains
  • Small convenience store

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Between Alta and Snowbird (1-2 mi)

  • Condos and vacation rentals
  • Lack the convenience of prepared meals
  • Easy access to the ski resort

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Salt Lake City (25-30 mi)

  • Cheaper and wider selection of accommodation than Alta
  • Convenient base for skiing at other ski resorts
  • Small risk of road closure due to heavy snowfall

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For beginners

The Albion base area and around the Sunnyside lift is where the beginner terrain can be found, with wide and gentle slopes to get new skiers going! Beginners can even venture into the trees between Crooked Mile and Patsy Marley!

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For intermediates

Alta ski resort serves up groomed blues off all its lifts! For our favourite runs here, check out Rock n' Roll, a great curvy cruiser and other intermediate trails off the Supreme lift.

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For experts

Get ready to shred on some of world's best extreme terrain! Alta ski resort classes everything as a single black diamond even if its double black or triple black, so for a single black try the runs off Collins, Wildcat and Sugarloaf! Otherwise, for double blacks (with cliffs and narrow chutes) check out the runs near Supreme.

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Find freshies

Get your fix on the tree runs off the Wildcat lift; after a storm the area retains fresh powder for a day or two! All the bowls are also great for freshies. Easier-to-access bowls such as Ballroom and Devil's Castle get tracked out quickly so opt for the area between Greeley Bowl and Yellow Trail Area.

Ditch the crowds

You won't find many crowds at Alta, but if you do, it'll probably be around Christmas time.

Non skiers

The focus at Alta ski resort is skiing, so there isn't as much to do here for non-skiers compared to other resorts. If you have a car however, Salt Lake City is just 45 minutes away.

Families

Alta ski resort has a laid-back community vibe that's perfect for families. The intermediate and advanced runs off the Supreme lift are great for families with more experienced skiers and are laid out so that it's easy to meet up at the bottom!

Alta Ski Resort

vs
Alta Ski ResortDeer Valley Resort
beginner25 %27 %
intermediate40 %41 %
advanced35 %27 %
expert-5 %
total runs116 101
ski area2,200ac 2,026ac
summit elevation10,550ft 9,570ft
total lifts11 21
child lift ticket$54 USD (£43 GBP) $32 USD (£26 GBP)
adult lift ticket$104 USD (£83 GBP) $145 USD (£116 GBP)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall270″ 153″

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Alta Ski Resort Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
based on 92 reviews

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Fabulous!4.3 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Alta Ski Resort ReviewsBrent D.
intermediate snowboarder
Came to alta in the summer. It is a beautiful place but not much to do. The hikes are gorgeous and the people are nice though. I want to go back in the winter!!... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Alta Ski Resort ReviewsBill C.
intermediate skier
Alta skiers only resort with incredible terrain and a direct channel for the greatest snow on earth. Quaint old school skiing at its best. GREAT PEOPLE GREAT ATOMSPHERE EASY TO GET TOO.... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Jul 01, 2019
PKPatrick K.
advanced skier
Alta has some of the best snow and terrain in the world. Skiers only allowed here! Many snowboarders try but really the best terrain wouldn’t be easily accessible for a boarder anyway, too much traversing. Mostly geared toward advanced and intermediate skiers but still plenty to do for the beginner... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Alta Ski Resort ReviewsDavid Z.
expert skier
Went to Alta last year with the family: Amazing resort for advanced skiers, especially those who aren't afraid to work (traverse/hike) a bit for their turns. Be prepared for flat run outs but the terrain is some of the best you'll find in the US.... More
Average!3.4 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Alta Ski Resort ReviewsRuss W.
expert skier
Traverse is painful but the reward is worth it. Lots of hidden runs.after hours is fun at the Peruvian bar. Try skiing the keyhole to snowboard. The negative is obvious. No snowboarding... More
Good!3.8 / 5Apr 29, 2019
Alta Ski Resort ReviewsBrent R.
intermediate skier
We visited Alta back in 2002 and I truly loved the variety in terrain, big open spaces and deep powder. It's hard to beat skiing with a view and the view from Alta is hard to beat. We enjoyed Alta and I hope to return some day!... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Apr 29, 2019
Alta Ski Resort ReviewsSteve V.
advanced skier
Alta is the worst place ever. Hope this will get people to stop coming to leave more wide open runs for me. This place is GREAT for backcountry and even better on powder days... More
Average!3.3 / 5Feb 18, 2019
Alta Ski Resort ReviewsDavid S.
advanced skier
Alta on a powder day? Simply put, it's the holy grail of skiing. Fancy amenities? No. High-end restaurants? Look elsewhere. Five-star accommodations? LOL. But for the lightest, fluffiest snow on the planet and fantastic terrain, there's nothing like it!... More
Very Good!4 / 5Feb 18, 2019
Alta Ski Resort ReviewsRobert E.
expert skier
I love Alta. What a great mountain with a great ski culture like no other. Steep and deep with great lines to be had all over the mountain. A must ski resort.... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Dec 04, 2018
Alta Ski Resort ReviewsDanny M.
expert skier
Alta is a skier's paradise. They have great options for beginners and intermediates, and is an absolute playground for experts. Alta gets more snow than almost every ski resort in the world(only parts of Alaska and Washington state average slightly more). They average 550 inches of snow a year. Alta's lift layout requires a little bit of... More

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