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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
Westgate Park City Resort & Spa
2 x Adult 200-day Lift Ticket
46% off $2,327
Homestead Resort
2 x Adult 200-day Lift Ticket
37% off $1,909
Carriage House Condominiums by All Seasons Resort Lodging
2 x Adult 200-day Lift Ticket
35% off $1,743
Prospector Accommodations by All Seasons Resort Lodging
2 x Adult 200-day Lift Ticket
35% off $1,720
Park Hotel Condominiums
2 x Adult 200-day Lift Ticket
25% off $1,929
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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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Superb!5 / 5Aug 10, 2007
Alta provides skiers with hardcore skiing in bounds. Huge amounts of terrain are not swallowed up by snowboarders sliding down the mountain.
Superb!5 / 5Apr 27, 2007
The natural beauty of Alta is spectacular. The resort reminds me of the good old days when tecnology has not stepped in.
Very Good!4 / 5Jan 04, 2007
This is a true skiers mountain; no flash and no glitter only great terrain, beautiful snow and freindly people.
Superb!5 / 5May 26, 2006
Always great conditions, plenty of snow, short lift lines, great prices, best value in skiing
Superb!5 / 5Oct 19, 2005
Ski exclusive resort that limits that number of people on the mountain. Very good snow. Not pretentious
Very Good!4 / 5Aug 30, 2005
Great Snow conditions plus good-old-fashioned ambiance -- focussed on skiing qua skiing - no bells & whistles
Average!3 / 5Apr 15, 2005
old time resort with less people
Superb!5 / 5Aug 31, 2004
Consistently the best snow anywhere in the US, covering plenty of interesting, challenging terrain.
Very Good!4 / 5Apr 16, 2004
Alta is like a throw-back to the 60's, no high speed lifts, no fancy resorts, just great skiing and no crowds!

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