Alta Ski Area

Ski Resort Profile

Alta Ski Area
United States
Phone: 801 359-1078

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About the Ski Resort

Alta is located in Little Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Cache National Forest.

As one of the country's first ski areas (1938), Alta's philosophy has been to strive to offer a consistent quality ski experience for all levels of skiers.

Nestled in a naturally beautiful setting and graced with splendid light, dry powder, Alta is an experience set apart from the rest and is noted for some of the best snow conditions in the world.

Alta receives an average seasonal snowfall of 500 inches. And the terrain offers something for everyone: 25 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate and 35 percent advanced. At first glance, Alta looks intimidating, but there is probably not a finer ski area to learn powder skiing.

If you have never skied powder, or need some fine-tuning, it is best to take a lesson at the Alf Engen Ski School. Founded in 1948 by ski legend, Alf Engen, the ski school offers a wide variety of lessons for all skill levels. For an alternative ski experience, consider a private lesson focusing on free heel techniques using Telemark skis.

At Alta's Children's Center, children age 6 weeks to 12 years can play, learn, explore and create in various environments within the center. A special area is dedicated in the center to meet the needs of even the smallest of infants. The center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations are requested, especially during holidays.

Alta Ski Lifts Company owns and operates the ski area. All other businesses are privately held. This unique approach enables Alta to focus on skiing and allows each lodge, restaurant, ski shop or other related business to offer its best.

Just a short trip from Salt Lake City, Alta is a great destination for some excellent skiing.

Ski resort area details

Alpine Skiing: Yes
Night Skiing: No
Heli-Skiing: Yes
Snowcat Skiing: Yes
Snowboarding: No
Snowshoe trails: Yes
Cross country: 5 km
Snow tubing: Yes

 Easiest:  25 %

 More Difficult:  40 %

 Most Difficult:  35 %

 Experts only:  --

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Pace of Play: Pace of play: 0
Money Value: Money value: 0
Tees: Tees: 0
Service: Service: 0

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Mountain Statistics

Base elevation:  8,530 ft
Summit elevation:  10,550 ft
Vertical drop:  2,020 ft
Skiable area:  2,200 acres
Annual snowfall:  500 in
Snowmaking:  2 %
Number of trails:  50
Number of lifts:  12
Types of lifts:  5 Surface Tows,
 3 Double Chairs,
 2 Triple Chairs,
 2 High Speed Quad

Ski Resort Services

Childcare  Yes
Adaptive skier:  No
Nearby lodging:  Yes
Ski lessons:  Yes
Snowboard lessons:  No
Ski rentals:  Yes
Snowboard rentals:  No

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Alta Ski Area map

Ski Resort directions

Alta ski area is located at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, 26 miles east of Salt Lake City. Take I-215 south to the 6200 South exit, then follow the signs to Little Cottonwood Canyon. UTA bus shuttles service Alta from a number of locations in the Salt Lake area and from the parking area at the bottom of Little Cottonwood Canyon.