About Alta, Utah

The Little Cottonwood Canyon ski resorts share a common thread: they’re skier’s mountains and bucket-list destinations for powder hounds. Alta was the third resort in the U.S. to open a chairlift, and has remained independent—and owned by the same family—ever since. Part of the Alta tradition is no snowboarders. Sorry one-plankers. It’s one of three remaining resorts in the U.S. that do not permit snowboarders. Alta and Snowbird share Mount Baldy, and offer several access points and a shared lift ticket for a reasonable price.

Alta’s lodging options are mostly minimal and simple, but they appeal to hardcore skiers in search of a nearly bygone ski culture. Alta’s Peruvian Lodge is famed among the core ski industry as one of the coolest places to après-ski, just don’t expect anything fancy. Oh, and did we mention Alta averages about 560 inches of fluffy, Salt Lake-affect snow annually? In the winter, it’s snowing in Alta more than its not, so you’re almost guaranteed world-class powder.


... right at the base of Alta or save money by staying in nearby Sandy. The drive from SLC to Alta is just 30 minutes


... the "greatest snow on Earth" at Alta


... here via the Salt Lake City International Airport


... a classic ski mountain that's appropriate for beginners and experts alike


... Catherine's, a hike-to area of the ski resort that hosts some of the best tree skiing in Utah


... a hearty breakfast at the Goldminer's Daughter before catching first chair


... yourself to a spa treatment at the Snowpine Lodge


... a skier's only mountain that sees over 500" of average annual snowfall

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Ski Alta

As aforementioned, Alta skiing is best enjoyed by challenge seekers. But the resort does offer plenty of terrain options for beginners and intermediates, making it a great destination for no-frills families. Alta’s Mount Baldy is host to several famed sidecountry lines and incredible hike-to terrain. Don’t be surprised if you see pro-skiers like Sage Cattabriga-Alosa or Pep Fujas hiking up to these iconic lines.

Alta Ski Packages

To learn more about Alta call, or chat with, one of Ski.com's knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists. We can help your plan and customize an Alta ski vacation package to suit your budget and preferences. We can book every detail from lodging and flights to lift tickets, rentals and lessons, as well as off-mountain activities.



*based on the average of all Overall Experience ratings given in Traveler reviews.

excellent experience, same as I had on my prior trip here 30 years ago

Good skiing....I don't want to enter any more words. What kind of review is this???