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Alta Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 29 Beginner
  • 46 Intermediate
  • 41 Advanced
Alta is a skier’s mountain – snowboarding is not allowed.

Whatever your ability, Alta is for you! Deep powder, a variety of terrain, and spectacular scenery make Alta world-renowned.

Location:
Alta is located 25 miles southeast of Salt Lake City at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, State Highway 210. Alta is approximately 45 minutes from ... the Salt Lake City International Airport.

Base Elevation:
8,530 ft (2600 m)

Top Elevation:
10.550 ft (3216 m)

Skiable Area:
2,200 acres (890 hectares)

Average Snowfall:
500” (1250 cm)

Lifts:
2 detachable quads, 1 detachable triple, 1 triple, 3 doubles, 5 surface tows

Run Descriptions:
25% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 35% Advanced
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Alta Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available; an extra charge may apply.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Alta Operations

Status

Plan to Open 11/21

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 12

Weekday Hours

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Trails Open/Total

0 of 116

Weekend Hours

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Alta Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

8,530 ft

24-hr Snowfall

0"

Vertical Drop

2,020 ft

Avg Base Depth

0"

Peak Elevation

10,550 ft

Alta Ski Pictures and Photos

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Alta 1 Day Lift Tickets, October 18, 2011
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Alta 1 Day Lift Tickets, October 18, 2011
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Alta Reviews & Tips (22)

Liftopia has great deals on tickets for Alta. This mountain is our favorite. Lots of great runs and groomed well. It is a great mountain for teaching young ones to ski. Ski school works great with the kids and they seem to love it. The runs all the way to the top are in good shape. Staff is helpful and courteous to everyone.
Alta review written Apr 09 2014 - 07:36 AM
 
Debbie and Tom Intermediate Skier
I love Alta. The snow in Utah is just different and just a few inches of new stuff can change the way the way you ski the mountain. If you haven't skied out west before here's my tip... Get in shape. I thought I was ready for this trip but I quickly found out how wrong I was. What ever your doing now double it. You won't regret it. There was a lot of spots I wanted to ski but didn't because I know I wasn't prepared for it. Strength training and endurance are going to be key but also be prepared for the altitude. If you're an east coaster like me it may take you a couple of days to adjust from living a sea level (or close to it) to exerting yourself at 10,000 feet. Get a camelback so you can keep hydrated at altitude (also helps with altitude sickness) but just go do it. This is a fantastic mountain and I can't wait to go back.
Alta review written Mar 08 2014 - 09:21 AM
 
Ron_G Advanced Skier
Loved Alta, skiing was great and the lifts were first rate. But be careful of the ski shop at the base of the Collins lift. Rented demo skiis for my wife and myself for 3 days and they overcharged me. No one could credit my charge card but a mgr and waited 20 minutes for him to show up. He couldn't seem to understand the overcharge and when I tried to explain it to him he became snarky and condescending towards me. Bit my tongue and remained silent, not wanting to make a scene. Finally a tech came and showed him why the charges were wrong. Got a half hearted apology and a refund.
Alta review written Mar 06 2014 - 08:14 AM
 
Pilot51 Intermediate Skier
I've been to Utah countless times and have always wanted to ski Alta so we hit it this week. There's a reason that ALTA has the moniker of Another Long Traverse Again and at the end of those long traverses you really don't find anything that will get your heart racing (although there is some worthwhile steeps off both sides of the High Traverse) If you love to rack up the vert you will have to work pretty darn hard at Alta to post big numbers as most runs are short. I would consider Alta as a great resort to bring the kids to introduce them to some steeper terrain but if you are going for a go hard, take no prisoners, rack up the vert and push yourself type of mountain, turn right about 2 miles down the canyon before reaching Alta. p.s. you can still go to the Peruvian afterward!!!
Alta review written Mar 05 2014 - 07:37 PM
 
Matt Advanced Skier
What is there not to love about Alta! Old school, classic, steep and good big mountain bowls and one of the places a serious skier must have shred at least once in their life time. Nice with no snow boarders and the terrain is endless but there is also is something for everyone. For visitors, the boarding pass program is a good deal which makes me stop for a day on my way between the East and West coast trips, 1/2 price w/in 24 hrs of arrival and you got to ride one of the best places in the world in MHO other than LaGrave and Japan.......Relaxed attitude and I absolutely love the spirit of all the older regulars who hang around the place - character central. When I was there the younger guns had resurrected the old school overalls and just plain hysterical to see the 60/70 year old guys wearing their overalls from back in the days then the 20ish free riders sporting the same next to them (have no idea at what yard sale you could even find one these days)!!!!
Alta review written Jan 31 2014 - 08:00 PM
 
Larry Advanced Skier
Alta is a great mountain, no snowboarders allowed and the Supreme Lift is a beautiful area to ski.
Alta review written Jan 27 2014 - 07:35 PM
 
Janet F. Intermediate Skier
Great powder frequently refreshed, Stay at the Midvale Crystal Inn and Suites on Winchester (via Booking,com for a good rate) then every day grab the free full breakfast and catch the $5 early morning ski bus up to Alta and/or Snowbird from just outside the Inn. Hook up with similar skill level skiers on the bus, ski all day (reasonably priced cafe for lunch), catch a bus back at 3-4;30pm and be dropped back at the Inn in time for a shower and a complimentary (=free) light evening meal. Good choice of restaurants and bar food locally if you can still walk! Inn provides free shuttle to the other nearby bus stop for access to Brighton and Solitude. Inn sells combined Bus/Tram/Ski Superpass tickets for $69-$75 a day that can be used at any of the 4 ski areas. There are other motels closer to the Solitude/Brighton bus route stop.
Alta review written Oct 31 2013 - 08:04 PM
 
Paul Lucke Advanced Skier
We keep coming back to Alta consistently for the past 9 years. The wonderful people, snow and great terrain never disappoint. Every day at Alta is a great day--there is something for everyone. My favorite intermediate runs (and amazing views) are off of Supreme Lift (rock and roll, big dipper, three bears). Tip for those with kids--the ski school is first class. Our kids have been going to the ski school for the past 5 years and have grown into amazing all mountain skiers due to the high quality instructors and small class size. They have a ton of fun, too! We are so lucky to have so many wonderful family memories up at Alta. Can't wait to go back :)
Alta review written Apr 15 2013 - 08:50 AM
 
Julie Intermediate Skier
Skiing East Castle is well worth the 30 minute hike
Alta review written Apr 03 2013 - 01:28 PM
 
Ben Advanced Skier
Ski to High Rustler top and you will find a great bowl going off the opposite side
Alta review written Apr 02 2013 - 03:27 PM
 
bomp713 Advanced Skier
Sking Alta solo on 3/8 hoping to hook-up with some friendly locals who know the mountain - can't wait
Alta review written Feb 20 2013 - 02:59 PM
 
Tommy T Advanced Skier
Alta was a great place. Suggest on going not less than 3 days. Beautiful mountain. The terrain has all different types of levels. Definitely going back to explore more of the mountain. All around great experience. Love the people there. My suggestion is go have fun. GO ALTA!!!!!!!!!
Alta review written Feb 10 2013 - 09:10 AM
 
Edward Chaves Advanced Skier
Alta is for skiers! That motto is a mission, and keeps the mountain relatively quiet. I grew my pow-wings at Snowbasin, but grew into a real skier at Alta on step, moguly slopes like High Rustler. The dual pass with 'Bird can be worthwhile if you have a full day. and Alta Peruvian has the best ski shop!
Alta review written Feb 06 2013 - 09:08 AM
 
fliip Advanced Skier
Get 4-6 people and rent / stay on top of mountain. Great snow and terrain down the mountain and to hotel i n valley added 2 hrs to day.
Alta review written Jan 06 2013 - 05:54 PM
 
douger Advanced Skier
I love Alta. Had a last minute Thanksgiving trip here and I was blown away by the experience. I went there a beginner level skier looking to improve and start doing blue runs. The trip was a success by all accounts. They had great groomed runs, challenging greens and blues, and the instructors were just awesome. Almost no lines, except for 3PM at the Sunnyside lift (when they let anyone ski for free on that lift). That's a good time to head out to the other side to the Collins and Wildcat lifts. Great runs over there too, with fewer people since there are no greens there, and the runs always had options where you could choose between a steeper and an easier way down I was skiing blues by the afternoon of my first day there, and the snow was much better there than on the greens, which obviously get skiied out a bit more and are at a lower elevation. For people who have about 3-4 days of time to ski, and who are already OK at skiing very basic greens, this is the IDEAL place to go to get better. No snowboards trying to take you out, no long lines, great greens for practicing technique and nice wide blues to start off on. You will become a much better skier by day 3 or 4, that is almost a guarantee. The instruction is fantastic here, and you will be in a small group of 4-5 people on average. Worth the $50 for 2 hours of lessons. The only thing missing is the "resorty" kind of feel. I could care less, I was there for skiing and improving my technique, not spending hundreds on the latest ski fashion accessory or a European style dinner. Also, I would say the lifts are somewhat slower than the faster lifts you may encounter at other places. I can't wait to go back, maybe in February when they will have even more snow. Tip for those on a budget - stay in Sandy, and get a cheap rental car. It is a quick 20 minute drive, roads are always plowed and you can keep costs down. Delta Airlines has a hub there, so you might be able to get a cheap direct flight too. Utah Transit runs ski buses in the winter from airport to resort so look that up if you're going to stay up there and not get a rental.
Alta review written Nov 26 2012 - 11:19 AM
 
Prashant Intermediate Skier
Alta is better than Sex
Alta review written Oct 03 2012 - 06:31 PM
 
Wedoski Advanced Skier
If you can ski other area's in the Salt Lake Area you can ski Alta. The Greens are Green and the Blues are similar to other ski area's Blues. Great experience...Heard that it was going to be really tough but was able to handle the area just like the other local areas.
Alta review written Apr 03 2012 - 04:23 PM
 
JLR Advanced Skier
Stay in Miday, UT! I'm in So. Calif. and it doesn't bother me to drive 1.5 hrs to a ski resort. Alta was fantastic, as usual. Took a friend who was dying to go for years and he just could not get enough. Nice change not to have boarders on the mountain.
Alta review written Mar 04 2012 - 10:12 AM
 
Sandi Intermediate Skier
I love Alta. It is fabulous. It has an special character. The best ski resort in the world. It also happens to be right next to the second best ski resort in the world, Snowbird.
Alta review written Feb 07 2012 - 04:34 PM
 
Greg Mulligan Advanced Skier
Great skiers only mountain with something from everyone that loves to ski. Trees, steeps, bowls and groomers. This resort is a family friendly, down home resort with no high speed lifts. Nothing fancy but great people, friendly staff and a lot of loyal skiers that return year after year just for the Alta experience.
Alta review written Jan 22 2012 - 08:47 PM
 
Debra McGhan Advanced Skier
Nothing can top Alta. Even when the snow is sketchy (like early this December), lots of terrain is open - grooming and snow guns help when Mother Nature turns fickle. The lifts ride fast and comfy with friendly operators. When the snow's not on par by local standards, there are no crowds. Take a lesson with Terry Ryder. Find her through the Ski School. She's super. Your skiing will improve dramatically. If you're thinking about equipment see Sean or Drew at Alta Sports at Wildcat base, next to ticket office.
Alta review written Dec 21 2011 - 02:18 PM
 
Liz Sadler Intermediate Skier
Our best skiing experience has been at Deer Valley and Alta in Utah. Why? Two reasons... 1) NO snowboarders 2) Snow conditions are the best Deer Valley and Alta are doing a great job in providing the ultimate alpine ski experience. We'll be returning to these two resorts only. Having experienced the carelessness of snowboarders at Whistler, Squaw Valley and Jackson Hole... we will no longer consider a ski resort that mixes alpine skiing and snowboarders on the same slope. That's insane!
Alta review written Dec 18 2011 - 07:47 PM
 
Mr. & Mrs. H Intermediate Skier

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