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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 Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Carriage House Condominiums by All Seasons Resort Lodging
2 x Adult 200-day Lift Ticket
35% off $1,839
Prospector Accommodations by All Seasons Resort Lodging
2 x Adult 200-day Lift Ticket
35% off $1,841
Park Hotel Condominiums
2 x Adult 200-day Lift Ticket
25% off $1,919
Skiers Lodge
2 x Adult 200-day Lift Ticket
25% off $1,919
The Chateaux Deer Valley
2 x Adult 200-day Lift Ticket
23% off $2,498
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When Utah coined the slogan “Greatest Snow on Earth” they probably meant Alta. 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.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

Early January to mid-March



Alta’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 (Walk)

  • Made up of five convenient lodges
  • Ski-in/ski-out accommodation
  • 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 slopes

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Salt Lake City (25-30 mi)

  • Cheaper and wider selection of accommodation than Alta
  • Convenient base for skiing at other 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 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 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. The off-piste terrain off the High Traverse such as Race Course and Sunspot are also sure to impress!

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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 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 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 vs
AltaDeer 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 Reviews

Fabulous 4.5 / 5
based on 92 reviews

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Very Good!4 / 5Dec 26, 2013
We love the terrain and the lack of snowboards. Also the snow is consistent and they don't go overboard with the grooming.
Very Good!4 / 5Dec 19, 2013
almost as good as jackson, but a little more crowded and a few more traverses.
Superb!5 / 5Nov 25, 2013
its the best in the west, and that means the world, in terms of snow!
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 03, 2013
Resort for skiers only. Authentic ski area - great snow + great mountain. What else to ask for?
Very Good!4 / 5Jul 29, 2013
Alta is to skiing as St. Andrews is to golf. Its a natural place to ski with very little man made intrusions
Very Good!4 / 5Mar 24, 2013
it is just another skiers only location. I haven't been to Colorado yet, so i can't really comment acurately
Very Good!4 / 5Mar 17, 2013
they just leave it alone dont groom alot its a natual the way it sould be
Superb!5 / 5Feb 24, 2013
This mountain represents what skiing was like years ago and should still be. It has great terrain, charges reasonable prices and isn't cluttered with condos and commercialism.
Superb!5 / 5Dec 03, 2012
This area has the best terrain and changing conditions in the Utah area. The mountains are beautiful. The ski a deep purple every time I visit!!
Superb!5 / 5Nov 19, 2012
Informal atmosphere, no apres-ski, skiers on the whole are serious--not just people who want to be seen, management tries to keep costs down.

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