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.

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)

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.
  • 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
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • 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


Plan to Open 11/18

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 11

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 116

Weekend Hours


Alta Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

8,530 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

2,020 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

10,550 ft

Alta Ski Pictures and Photos

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Alta Trail Map

Alta Reviews & Tips (49)

Alta is a great resort, something for everyone, relaxed and friendly staff. Will be back next year.
Alta review written Apr 13 2016 - 05:52 AM
Mark P. Intermediate Skier
Alta is a fantastic place, its a relief as soon as you pull up to the lot and you can park you car by other Mercedes or Audis, you don't have to worry about some loud snowboarder in a Subaru pulling up with "Rap" music blasting, doing alcohol. I always use my executive AMX to buy tickets ahead of time on liftopia so its easy at the ticket window plus everyone is nice in line. You really get to know the hardcore skiers in the ticket line, they usually come up 5-10 time a year so its a tight group. We check out each others new gear and then head up to ride the fresh groomers. Alta grooms all of there runs which is great especially because the ban snowboards who always have tattoos and ruin the good runs.
Alta review written Apr 12 2016 - 02:27 PM
Josh L Advanced Skier
If you like to think about where things are, in the distance, go to the top of the Supreme lift on a clear day and see Heber, Utah. And be ready for steeps and flats because you get both in one run at Alta.
Alta review written Mar 21 2016 - 07:05 PM
Stan Advanced Skier
Alta is awesome! So much terrain variety. Definitely stay up on the mountain and not in the valley. If there is a powder day, you want to be there, and not be frustrated trying to get there. This was my second visit to Alta and we stayed at the Lodge at Snowbird because the accommodations up at Alta were not available for our sized party. The Lodge offered free valet service up and down the mountain, which we used a lot. (Just plan to tip the driver.) With Canyon Transportation from the airport, it was great not to have to rent a car. Canyon Transport will make a grocery stop for you or you can order food ahead of time if you want them to do the shopping. We skied Snowbird two days and loved that too. If you are a skier, you've got to try Alta. Snowboarders make the bumps different than at a ski-only mountain. I ski Mad River Glen in VT and am used to the skier-only surfaces.
Alta review written Mar 09 2016 - 05:24 PM
Sally Advanced Skier
My # 1 place to ski is Snowbasin followed by Alta.
Alta review written Mar 07 2016 - 02:02 PM
Bill Martins Intermediate Skier
Alta is skiers paradise. I'm lucky enough to have visited several times. When you go, be sure to visit my friends at the Powder House Ski Shop. Not only are they knowledgeable about all things skiing, they are skiers themselves and will never disappoint. Kind, efficient, masters of their craft. I LOVE ALTA AND THE POWDER HOUSE CREW!!!
Alta review written Mar 01 2016 - 05:05 PM
TLH Advanced Skier
Sure happy that Alta is for skiers only because the bumps aren't chopped off and the groomers aren't scraped off. The views are fantastic and the staff very friendly. I'll always love skiing Alta and will return many times more. There's so much to ski here with all different aspects so even on the melt-freeze days, you can ski all day by moving around the mountain.
Alta review written Feb 23 2016 - 05:41 PM
Lori B Advanced Skier
Second time to Alta and another great trip. Tried the off trail workshop with my son and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a few tips to improve your skiing and great personal instructor attention. Instructor Jim was excellent.
Alta review written Jan 18 2016 - 12:37 PM
Phil Advanced Skier
This was my third visit to Alta. I like Alta, but like a lot of rugged ski ares, Alta is at its best when you get fresh powder. Terrain groomed for beginners and if you take a ride to the top and don't wish to ski the advanced stuff, the easy way down is wide and safe enough for all but the most timid beginners. Eats are good and (almost) reasonable by mountain standards.`1
Alta review written Jan 17 2016 - 08:46 AM
Don Advanced Skier
If there is no powder, go to Supreme or ride the steep groomers on the Wildcat side
Alta review written Jan 13 2016 - 05:35 PM
Dr. B Advanced Skier
Most skiers on the Collins lift do not put down the safety bar and some are extremely reluctant to let you put it down!
Alta review written Dec 22 2015 - 02:19 PM
Al Intermediate Skier
This was our 3rd trip to Alta and always a great experience! Love the fact that there are no snowboarders there! The snow was great as there were 2 storms earlier in the week. Enough lifts open to keep all levels of skiers happy. Everyone that works there is helpful and genuinely interested in you having a great experience. There are enough trails for all skill levels so would recommend if you want the alpine experience. We haven't taken lessons there but will be next year - We will be returning in 2016.
Alta review written Dec 19 2015 - 07:27 AM
Laura & Bob Intermediate Skier
Great resort++++ Excellent snow! Good prepared slopes. The main central slope is awesome, awesome. It's blew my mind! 106I 'll came back.
Alta review written Dec 03 2015 - 09:15 PM
Sergey Sergeev Advanced Skier
Alta was great. There was something for everyone. Unfortunately, I met ski patrol, but they were awesome. Dave from the rental shop is a true customer service pro.
Alta review written Apr 08 2015 - 09:35 AM
Phil A. Beginner Skier
Love the fact that snowboarders aren't allowed. Alta is the best and the folks who work there couldn't be nicer or more helpful!
Alta review written Mar 25 2015 - 01:32 PM
Mr and Mrs JAS Intermediate Skier
Park at Albion base and head up sunnyside to sugarloaf. Devils elbow is great. Head over to Supreme as it will not be busy. Classes use Sunnyside and crooked mile, so avoid that area. Best skiing all week at Alta during March 2015!
Alta review written Mar 23 2015 - 04:26 AM
Mike L Intermediate Skier
Park at the second (top) parking lot: less busy. Very sunny in th east two days: use sunscreen!
Alta review written Mar 22 2015 - 03:33 PM
tina9 Intermediate Skier
Park at the second (top) parking lot: less busy. Very sunny in th east two days: use sunscreen!
Alta review written Mar 22 2015 - 03:33 PM
tina9 Intermediate Skier
Alta is probably my favorite resort in this area that I've skiied. It's hard to believe that the vertical is only ~2000 feet because it just seems so expansive. Lots of fun bowls to ski and you can cross over to Snowbird, if you want to pay a little more for your ticket (though I really don't know why you would with the size of these resorts). I didn't spend any time down in the beginner area, but Alta seems to have a better beginner area than other resorts while still having terrific expert terrain. Some lifts are dated/slow, but overall facilities are pretty good. Prices and quality of food and drinks at the lodge are very fair, for a ski resort.
Alta review written Mar 22 2015 - 10:28 AM
Glenn Intermediate Skier
It is absolutely a great place. It has the biggest / wide blue runs anywhere! Made it nice for my daughter. I went 3-17-15 so the blacks weren't so good at any resort do to such warm weather and lack of snow. Will be back for sure. Only 1 negative thing very slow lifts...
Alta review written Mar 19 2015 - 06:41 PM
Mr. Scott Intermediate Skier
Great resort. Dumped tuesday. See you next year
Alta review written Mar 18 2015 - 08:29 PM
Vince Advanced Skier
The snow was great, the slopes were easily accessible with little traffic. Having skiers only was such a pleasure! Will definitely return!
Alta review written Feb 27 2015 - 07:57 AM
ME LaMontagne Intermediate Skier
Alta was magnificent, but the Ski City pass I bought led me to believe that I could travel back-and-forth each day b/t Alta and Snowbird. That is not the case. The "super" pass allows you to ski at the resort where you begin skiing that day only. To cross over costs extra. It's a sham that the pass is so misleading, leaving the nice guy at the crossover to get yelled at by folks who thought they had bought a REAL "super" pass.
Alta review written Feb 26 2015 - 12:43 PM
Mark Thomas Advanced Skier
LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED - Cannot wait to go back. Great mountain with lots of trail for every level. From steeps to big wide open meadow like runs. Possibly the best place I have ever skied. Even managed to find some powder fields, although not deep, but still fun. We will for sure being going back to Alta.
Alta review written Feb 16 2015 - 06:03 PM
Jerry P - Austin Tx Advanced Skier
All in all a good experience. The ski shop was helpful in recommending skis to rent and as I was there right at opening, there was no line and no hassle. The snow was great although it's a highly subjective opinion. For someone like me from Georgia, the snow I experienced was fantastic (170" to date, 65" base). To the locals though, it's a light year and hadn't snowed for about two weeks before my visit, so they were whining they needed snow. I get it, but again, for me, all things considered, the snow was fine: there was plenty, it was groomed, and i occasionally came across areas even on groomed trails where the snow was untouched and my skis were the first to hit it. The one area I think Alta could do better is signage. On more than one occasion, the actual runs didn't match their map. Once I even had to take a black diamond run off the lift for a bit in order to hit the blue intermediate run I was looking for and one that the map showed started right off the lift, but that wasn't so. And speaking of black diamonds, they really need to do a better job of raking them with either 1, 2, or 3 diamonds. All black runs have one diamond, yet they varied greatly in difficulty. I took that one black diamond with no issues but on another, it was so steep and full of moguls that I gave up about 30 seconds into it. The absence of snowboarders is definitely a plus. The restaurants they have scattered around in several places are decent enough for a quick rest and bite to eat. The tables weren't wiped down from previous diners but maybe i was there between shifts or something. They could do a better job keeping tables tidy. Would I go back? Definitely.
Alta review written Jan 14 2015 - 10:40 AM
Joe G Intermediate Skier
Oh the weather is frightful and the new snow so delightful, 14" then it got cold -4. Sunny and great views. Gold Miners daughter is always great event but the beer is 3.2, and the hot tub is tops too. Most of the mountain is open zoo the season has finally started in UT. Tip when it is that cold buy the $10 nose cover and the boot covers (cost ?), they are worth every degree.
Alta review written Dec 30 2014 - 03:05 PM
soreknee Advanced Skier
This was our 2nd visit to Alta and we love the fact that there are no snowboarders there! Wonderful groomed trails and snow conditions are great! We will continue to visit Alta every year!
Alta review written Dec 26 2014 - 08:46 AM
Laura & Bob Advanced Skier
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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