Alta Ski Area
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Alta Ski Area


Alta and pure, unspoiled skiing are truly synonymous. While it's respected for its classic powder skiing, challenging terrain, and spectacular views, Alta also offers great beginner and intermediate skiing. Plan a ski vacation that will provide a unique setting for unforgettable experiences.

Alta's focus is on skiing, earning the resort accolades as a "purist's mountain." It is one of only three remaining areas in the United States to be a skiers-only mountain. Alta celebrates over 70 years of skiing: The Salt Lake Winter Sports Association was granted the initial permit to construct a lift on October 19, 1938. Since officially opening on January 15, 1939, Alta has offered a quality skiing experience for a fair price.

Featured Activities

Alta Nordic Skiing
Enjoy classic or skate skiing on the 5 km groomed track.

Cat Skiing
A unique adventure of guided off-trail skiing in the Grizzly Gulch Bowl.

Introductory Telemark Workshop
For experienced alpine skiers. Instructors will get you started with the basic telemark moves on green and blue slopes.

Ski Free After 3
At 3 p.m., Alta opens the gates to allow all "Ski Free After 3" participants to access the lift. No pass is required.

Alta hosts recreation racing on Fridays and Saturdays. All abilities welcome.

Ski with a Ranger
Learn about local mining history, public lands, watershed, and winter ecology. The free program operates weekends and holidays, December-March.

*Alta Ski Area does not allow snowboarding.


Plan a winter getaway by staying at one of Alta's ski-in/ski-out lodges. Lodging packages include breakfast and dinner. Some guests insist on returning year after year just for the dining experience. Each lodge has fireplaces, ample gathering spaces, and friendly staff. If you're looking for a private home or condo, you can expect luxury properties with fully equipped kitchens, mountain views, and free shuttle service to the lifts. Chef service and food stocking options are also available.

On-Mountain Dining

Alta's mountain dining options range from a white tablecloth dining experience with cuisine featuring organic lamb, duck, rabbit, seafood, hearty soups, salads, creme brulee, and truffle-filled chocolate cupcakes to outdoor deck dining offering hamburgers, delicious deli sandwiches and salads, pizzas, soups, cookies, brownies, and fresh fruit. Guests may choose from three restaurants at mid-mountain and several base area cafeterias. Four of the lodges also offer lunch for non-loding guests.