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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Fabulous!4.5 / 5Nov 10, 2017
CAEC. Andrew E.
expert skier
I've been skiing in Utah during family ski vacations for over 30 years. Alta has been a family favorite for much of that time. Their facilities are good, but don't expect the extravagance and luxury you might find at other resorts. Alta has improved some areas with more modern technology like high speed lifts and grooming, but they've managed to... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Nov 10, 2017
NSNick S.
advanced skier
If you're looking for a ski only resort with all levels of terrain go to Alta. I especially would recommend this resort to eastern skiers who ski around 1 week a season. It's an amazing place to learn, they have top of the line instructors and if you are more advanced you can still ski more advanced terrain side by side with the learners. It's a... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 08, 2017
MGMitch G.
advanced skier
Alta is one of the great Ski resorts you Have to see and ski. It is everything and more than what you have heard. There were little to no lines when we were there in March and plenty of snow!... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 07, 2017
expert skier
"Greatest Snow on Earth" is not a gimmick. Skiing-only resort with plenty of above the tree-line terrain. Some flat areas (which some include in the discussion against boarding). On a powder day, this place is top 1% in the country. Within 45 min of SLC and public busses that run up the canyons too. Awesome.... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 07, 2017
expert skier
"Greatest Snow on Earth" is not a gimmick. Skiing-only resort with plenty of above the tree-line terrain. Some flat areas (which some include in the discussion against boarding). On a powder day, this place is top 1% in the country. Within 45 min of SLC and public busses that run up the canyons too. Awesome.... More
Superb!5 / 5Nov 07, 2017
RSRyan S.
advanced snowboarder
Love this place all around ! Great snow great people and high speed chairs . I️ would deffintely recommend this resort to the whole world . They also have great food !... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Nov 07, 2017
KHKenneth H.
advanced skier
This mountain is what you think of when you dream about the truly perfect ski mountain. The access road to get to the mountain can be scary at times. But they offer a ski bus from the mouth of the canyon for people who don't want to drive it. This mountain also has some of the most spectacular scenery. ... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 07, 2017
IWIan W.
advanced skier
One of the most challenging resorts in America. Also, has some of the best snow on earth, and the new lift over at Supreme this year is going to make this resort so much better.... More
Superb!5 / 5Nov 06, 2017
WGWilliam G.
expert skier
This place is really fun to ski. The area is suited to all levels which makes it perfect for skiing with Diverse group of friends. The snow was plentiful and dry, which made the skiing even more fun. The facilities were excellent as well. I would recommend this place to anyone planning a ski vacation.... More
Good!3.5 / 5Nov 06, 2017
CLChris L.
advanced skier
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 nature. It may not have all the amenities of other mountains but it has... More

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