Alta Ski Resort

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  • 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
  • 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
The Snowpine Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
42% off $1,089
Alta Peruvian Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
22% off $1,192
The Cliff Lodge and Spa
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
20% off $822

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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



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!


Salt Lake International Airport


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 favorite 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.


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

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 $32
adult lift ticket$104 $145
back country
value for money
average total snowfall270″ 153″

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Alta Ski Resort Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
based on 95 reviews

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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
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Nov 20, 2018
Alta Ski Resort ReviewsTheresa C.
intermediate skier
Worlds best snow is no exaggeration! This is the place for skiers of all levels to enjoy a day on the slopes without having to watch out for snowboards. Very family friendly and affordable.... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 06, 2018
Alta Ski Resort ReviewsPaul P.
expert skier
I always come back to Alta. Pretty much a Utah native and I'm at a point where I like to ski around as all of our resorts have something special to offer. But after the slow start we had to the 2017/2018 season, I found myself going back to my old mistress, Alta. Always the most consistent and best snow conditions of anywhere. Plus it has... More
Superb!4.7 / 5May 16, 2018
Alta Ski Resort ReviewsPj Q.
expert skier
Alta is a fun resort. It looks big and scary, but it really isn't. I had a little sister who was in ski school and her skiing improved so much in the 2 days when was there.... More
Superb!4.8 / 5May 03, 2018
Alta Ski Resort ReviewsCalvin C.
expert skier
This season Alta opened with a slow start but in the end Alta did what it does best...Provide lots of snow for snow sliders to enjoy! You will not be greeted by valets or fancy product placement advertising expensive vehicles, but if you want snow and exciting terrain, Alta is the place to be.... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Apr 27, 2018
Alta Ski Resort ReviewsPaul P.
expert skier
I skied Alta the most this year mostly because of the late start and low snow conditions this year, I wanted to go to were there was the most and best quality of snow. They did a great job of opening up what was covered and good at closing off what wasn't ready yet. I never did hit a rock all season and it ended up being a great season by the end.... More
Superb!5 / 5Dec 02, 2017
KLKelly L.
advanced skier
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

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