Find Your Ski Area
Show Menu
Close Menu

Utah


Close Menu

Alta

Alta Ski Conditions

Sat 03-25-17
Open
Past 48 Hours
0
Slopes, top station
Powder
Base Depth
121
Provided by OnTheSnow.com

It's commonly understood that the only thing "little" about Utah's Little Cottonwood Canyon is the name. Just 29 miles from Salt Lake International Airport, the canyon marks the entryway into some of the most dramatic mountain vistas in the continental U.S.

No-Frills Resort Atmosphere

Just down the road from Snowbird is a divine, old-school resort replete with hair raising steeps and backcountry as well as learner-friendly, gentle runs and acres of intermediate terrain. The canyon is nestled in the stunning Wasatch-Cache National Forest, a stunning, pristine and fiercely protected stretch of forest that has ensured development and expansion of Alta be kept to an absolute minimum. In addition to Alta’s no-frills resort atmosphere, it is also a staunchly traditional skier’s mountain (no snowboards allowed). The fact that Alta has worked so diligently to remain a “pure” ski resort coupled with the absolute grandness of the mountain has helped to elevate it to a nearly religious status. Avid fans of the resort often describe it as Mecca, heaven, nirvana and paradise—and one visit to this beautiful resort will make you a believer.

The stats at Alta are astounding—2,220 acres, over 116 trails, more than 10 lifts, 2,000 plus feet of vertical, 560 inches of snow, 325 acres of snowcat accessed backcountry, and a mountain replete with untouched powder runs, nearly vertical steeps and long snakelike runs. Even the most seasoned skier will be impressed by the amount and variability of the runs and terrain. In addition to staggering stats, the resort boasts great lift ticket discounts and deals, such as the AltaSnowbird pass, which grants skiers access to both mountains. Read more about a vacation in Utah with Ski Experience.

Off the Slopes

The unpretentious resort area contains the basic amenities—numerous ski shops (repair, gear, and souvenir shops), ski lessons, guided helicopter and snowcat tours, as well as daycare, cafeterias, lockers and storage, day spas, and much more. As an added bonus, the resort offers its guests an impressive array of discounted vacation packages, as well as deals on dining, shopping, and lodging. Dining and lodging options abound in the area; there is a wide array of accommodations ranging from budget–friendly bunkhouses and hotels to luxury lodges, spacious condominiums and rental homes. Also, many visitors choose to stay in Salt Lake City because it is so close to the resort and has a much livelier nightlife. Dining choices also run the gamut from affordable, casual style cafeterias and buffets, to intimate, fine dining complete with an exquisite gourmet menu.

A famous ski writer once wrote, "Nobody matches Snowbird and Alta for the sheer quality of snow. Maybe the Sierras get a tad more and maybe Bridger almost gives 'em a run for the fluff, but on overall magnificence of snow, these two ski mountains are not only the best in the country, but according even to Europhiles, possibly in the entire world." The best snow in the world is quite a serious statement to make, but Alta lives up to it each and every year, luring back its fanatically devoted followers season after season.

Getting Here

Alta is located just 25 miles southeast of Salt Lake City at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, just off of SR 210. It is roughly 45 minutes from Salt Lake International Airport.

Vacation Coupons—What We Do!

Find discount prices on lodging, lift tickets, ski rentals, restaurants, and more by browsing the categories and activities.

Featured Blog Posts

3 Reasons Why The Mountain Collective Is a Great Deal For Ski Travelers

As the first hurrahs of winter approach, ski lovers look ahead to a new ski season. Now is the time to decide what this winter will hold for you, and the window for season lift pass deals is closing soon. The Mountain Collective Pass is a no-brainer if you love to ride snow and are looking for a multi-resort pass. […]

Read more...

Get Insider Savings with Exclusive Deals at SkiCoupons.com

We know you – you save your vacation days for the first snowfall, and head for the mountains to slash downhill. There’s no better way for you to spend the day. But whether you frequent your favorite ski resort, or prefer a new adventure at each turn, skiing and snowboarding requires an investment in time […]

Read more...

Ski Resort Opening and Closing Dates for 2015-2016

The ski films are out, and you know what that means – ski season is just around the corner! Calgary in Canada closed out their summer with a blanket of snowfall, and early snowmaking has begun at Copper Mountain in Colorado, along with some other resorts across the nation. With El Nino’s rains blessing the […]

Read more...

Epic Snow Battle: Skiing vs. Snowboarding

Visit the snowy peaks of North America, and you’ll find be faced with an ultimate decision: should you ski or ride? In the wintery world of snow sports, does it matter whether you descend on one plank or two? It does, and here’s why. Old vs. new Skiing has been around since the beginning – literally […]

Read more...

5 Great Family-Friendly Skiing/Riding Destinations

How will you and your family spend your next winter vacation? If hitting the slopes, terrain, and trails excites your imagination and gets everyone in your brood excited, then a visit to a family friendly skiing and riding resort is just what you need to bring that imagination to life! In the United States and Canada, […]

Read more...

January is the Best Time to Learn to Ski and Snowboard

Never skied before? Don’t let that stop you. Are you a skier who would like to try riding? January is the perfect time to learn a new snow sport because it’s National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month all across the nation. This month kicks off is a special time in the season when many […]

Read more...

Ski and Ride 14 Days at 7 Resorts with the Mountain Collective Pass

The Mountain Collective season ski pass deal has arrived and it’s even better than before with access to even more terrain for a fraction of the price. This year’s benefits provide skiers and riders with access to not six, but seven world class ski areas and two bonus resorts with winter seasons that run polar […]

Read more...

New Developments at Alta and Snowbird That’ll Make You Want to Ski Both

A changing of the guard is happening at two of Utah’s ski areas; Snowbird and Alta and with it come new developments. This is all good news for skiers. The majority ownership of Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort has been sold, but it will remain family-owned and operated. Just under 30 miles from the Salt […]

Read more...

9 of the Snowiest Ski Areas in the United States

Ask any skier or boarder what they want the most each year and they’ll tell you – more snow! Being snow enthusiasts, we thought you’d appreciate the low-down on which ski areas in America consistently get tons of powder. This unofficial list is based on rough annual snowfall averages over the last decade so don’t […]

Read more...

Ski Salt Lake and Save!

The Ski Salt Lake passes offer skiers and riders the flexibility to choose from a variety of pass choices which ensures that customers get the most bang for their buck. Choose from full-day passes, multi-day passes, and season passes that can be redeemed at Alta, Brighton, Snowbird or Solitude. There are no blackout dates and […]

Read more...

Photos Courtesy of Alta Ski Area