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
Homestead Resort
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
69% off $446
Prospector Accommodations by All Seasons Resort Lodging
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
57% off $960
Carriage House Condominiums by All Seasons Resort Lodging
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
51% off $1,497

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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 92 reviews

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Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 05, 2017
PLPaul L.
advanced skier
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
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 29, 2017
GMGlenn M.
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.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 29, 2017
AHAdam H.
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
Superb!5 / 5Oct 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 not a fan of on principle, but after skiing there, I understand a bit... More
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 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.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 25, 2017
BDBodhi D.
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.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 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.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 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.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 16, 2017
Good snow, good terrain. Great vibe with tons of rippers, not really a resort but had the skiing you're there for and that's what's important. Little cottonwood offers great skiing and that's it
Superb!5 / 5Oct 08, 2017
PPPaul P.
I keep coming back to Alta. I have had a season pass to Alta many times but started to stray to other resorts looking for something I thought I was missing. But when the big ones hit, Alta is the place to be. Consistenly the best and most snow as well as any kind of terrain you are looking for. I mostly seem to just ski powder days anymore with... More

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