Along with nearby Snowbird, this resort may be heaven on earth for rabid skiers the world over. An amazing 540 inches of annual snowfall—enough exquisite, dry, fluffy, wonderful, and pristine Utah powder to completely cover a four story building! And there’s not a snowboarder in sight!
Expert skiers will have difficulty choosing between Alta’s multitude of challenging and difficult trail—world-famous runs such as North Rustler, High Rustler, West Rustler, Eagle's Nest, Greeley Hill, High Greeley, Devil's Way, Keyhole Gulch, Glory Hole, Yellow Tail, Devils' Castle, Ballroom, Baldy Shoulder, Stimulation, Johnson's Warm-Up, and Eddie's High Nowhere. However, the mountain’s best kept secret is its impressive stash of beginner and intermediate terrain, such as the Home Run, Crooked Mile, Rabbit, and the Sweet N Easy. Alta’s 2,200 acres are completely snowboard and terrain park free, allowing for some of the best unadulterated skiing in North America.
Utah claims to have the best powder anywhere on the continent and although Colorado fans will debate the point to no end, skiers can’t deny Utah’s dry, feathery snow and long sunny days. This is a unique resort in many ways, as the formal winter headquarters of the Alaska Mountain Guides & Climbing School bringing in the world’s most qualified backcountry and avalanche safety professionals each winter. These amazingly skilled professionals provide backcountry skiing and survival courses of all levels, including expert certification.
Right by the slopes, guests have the opportunity to enjoy marvelous dining options at Rustler Lodge, which is a gorgeous, traditional lodge-style restaurant that provides delectable pre-prepared four-course meals nightly with fresh ingredients. For amazing Southwestern cuisine, definitely check out the moderately priced Shallow Shaft Restaurant on Alta's main street. For budget-friendly dining perfect for the whole family, try the Albion Grill, which has an extensive salad bar, or the Slopeside Cafe and Espresso Bar for hearty and healthy breakfasts.
If you get the urge to get above it all, take the Wasatch Powderbird Guide helicopter skiing expedition in Little Cottonwood Canyon. The entire family will love the breathtaking views from high above the unspoiled wilderness and they will revel in the bright, sparkly powder on the slopes. Or take a day off and relax and rejuvenate at the renowned Alta Day Spa. Alta is a skier’s dream mountain and with all the extra amenities as well as discounts and deals, allows visitors make their dream vacation come true!