Alta Utah


4.5 / 5

based on 73 reviews


Advanced / Expert
Award of Excellence Badge

Trail maps


The Good 

  • Skiers only
  • 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

The Bad 

  • Skiers only
  • Some old-school two-seat fixed chairs still operating
  • No-frills ski area; nightlife and shopping are a bit lacking

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. 

Local's Pick: Check out Rock n' Roll, a great curvy cruiser and other intermediate trails off the Supreme lift. For the more adventurous, the terrain off the High Traverse such as Race Course and Sunspot are sure to impress!  

Continue reading →

Overall rating

Leave a review for Alta

4.5 / 5

based on 73 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders


How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?


How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders


How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination


Quality of the off-piste terrain


Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort


Quantity and quality of the snow


How uncrowded is the resort


Après ski and dining options


Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire


How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
KLKelly L.
advanced skier

5 / 5

Dec 02, 2017
It is the best resort there is for skiing! I love snow and the terrain and easy access from Salt Lake City and feel it is the best value for the money.... More
GKGavin K.
advanced skier

3.6 / 5

Dec 01, 2017
alta alta alta, land of no boarders. well snowboarders that is. thats right alta remains one of the last resort to uphold its rule that snowboarders are not allowed to ride its mountain.... More
MGMathew G.
advanced skier

4.5 / 5

Dec 01, 2017
A skiers paradise, uncrowded slopes with lots of dry powder. It has great runs and link to snowbird make it a resort worth visiting in the magic cottonwod canyon, dont miss it!... More
ZCLZachary C L.
expert skier

4.5 / 5

Nov 29, 2017
Alta is a fantastic resort for powder seekers with terrain for the most beginner and expert skiers. The ease of location, amenities, relatively low crowds, and best snow on earth, there's no doubt Alta is a world-class resort that provides a unique side-country experience you... More
BSBenjamin S.
expert skier
Very Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 24, 2017
Alta is a ski resort. That's it. It you want your feet rubbed go somewhere else. If you like dressing up in funky ski outfits go somewhere else. If you think you ski pretty and want others to be impressed go somewhere else. If you like snow under the snow and some more on top... More
EFErich F.
expert skier

3.6 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
Skied all over the globe and nothing beats Alta if your goal is a great skiing experience coupled with some of the best powder on the planet. You won't care about the apres ski scene or the wine list cause you'll be passed out with a smile on your face dreaming about dropping... More
DQDan Q.
expert skier

3.9 / 5

Nov 19, 2017
Alta is a ski only resort that is a great deal. The snow is always great and the scenery is hard to beat as well. They have a lot of steep terrain as well as a good beginner area.... More
ZKZak K.
advanced skier

4.5 / 5

Nov 17, 2017
My favorite spot in the states, old school feel with mind blowing snow and I love the peruvian where your stay includes meals. Easy drive from salt lake and the liftys have a lot of character.... More
DADavid A.
advanced skier

5 / 5

Nov 17, 2017
I worked and played at Alta when I was younger and consider it to be the cream of the crop when it comes to skiing! It’s a 30 minute ride from SLC to the greatest snow on earth! I love Alta❄️... More
FGFrank G.
expert skier

4.3 / 5

Nov 12, 2017
Alta is truly a place for skiing, not any of that resort bs , actual skiing. It's a paradise. If you're lucky to shownup on a powder day oh boy get ready because you may just end up having the run of your life. Terrain is amazing. Vibe is amazing. Alta doesn't disappoint. ... More


High Speed Quads
Triple Chairs
Double Chairs
Surface Lifts


8,529 feet
10,550 feet
Vertical drop
2,021 feet


Total runs
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
1 mile
Skiable Terrain
2,200 acres
Snowmaking Area
50 acres
Other ski resorts in

Salt Lake City, Utah

25% 40% 35%
Deer Valley Resort
27% 41% 32%
Park City
8% 42% 50%
27% 38% 35%