Alta Utah

Fabulous

4.5 / 5

based on 73 reviews

Trails

Beginner
25%
Intermediate
40%
Advanced / Expert
35%
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Overview

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!  

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Fabulous

4.5 / 5

based on 73 reviews

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CLChris L.
advanced skier
Good!

3.5 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
I picked Alta because of the snow, the slopes and scenery. The week I was there we had 3 days with 13 or more inches of fresh snow, it was so light and fluffy and the float was unreal. I loved the people. Every one has respect and a true love for the sport, the mountain and... More
RSRyan S.
expert skier
Fabulous!

4.2 / 5

Nov 05, 2017
Great old school vibe and some gnarly terrain. Amenities are top notch with great customer service. Super accessible from SLC city airport. It is great. The best for skiing. Super great ... More
PLPaul L.
advanced skier
Fabulous!

4.3 / 5

Nov 05, 2017
Skiing the way it should be, beautiful terrain, consistent snowfall, fair prices, and modest facilities draw real skiers and leave pretentious yuppies looking for a pampering wondering why so many skiers co did we this place a little piece of heaven. ... More
GMGlenn M.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 29, 2017
Great resort that is dedicated to skiing! Groomers and powder are all over the mountain with good coverage offered by the lifts. Taking the shuttle from town is probably the best bet as there is limited parking.
AHAdam H.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 29, 2017
Just all around killer terrain. This is a resort without all the touristy extras. It’s there for the love of skiing and that’s what makes it awesome. The snow is pretty much always good
TTim
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 27, 2017
Alta is a fantastic resort nestled in little cottonwood canyon Utah. The snow and scenery are beautiful! We hit it up on a great powder day and it was just heaven. I started out snowboarding, and later learned to ski. Alta is famous for its "no snowboarders" policy, which I'm... More
IWSIan W S.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 27, 2017
Alta is in a great Utah location- regularly has great snow and has always been an amazing experience from late fall through early spring. Take the short drive from SLC and you don't need more than a two-day weekend.
BDBodhi D.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 25, 2017
Amazing old school resort, steep, deep (most of the time) & the true roots of skiing. If you haven't been here yet you have to visit. Alta is a legend.
FFang
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 23, 2017
It's the best snow in the world and the people are super nice. Exceot for the east coasters, but what can you do? Utah is our favorite ski state hands down.
AAlex
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 18, 2017
Absolutely unreal ski resort! The trails are very well taken care of and the ease of access to terrain is great. A wide range of easy to hard terrain is available here and everybody is awesome.

Lifts

High Speed Quads
2
Triple Chairs
2
Double Chairs
3
Surface Lifts
4

Elevation

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

Terrain

Total runs
116
Terrain Parks
0
Longest Run
1 mile
Skiable Terrain
2,200 acres
Snowmaking Area
50 acres
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