Located approximately 45 minutes from Salt Lake City, Alta ski resort is one of the oldest resorts in the US. Rich in history, the ski resort has stayed true to its traditional beginnings and to this day, remains a resort exclusively for skiing.
Alta is a quaint mountain town which opened in 1939, the community are all a little bit ski-obsessed (which is awesome) and the township offers a sense of nostalgia. Alta is also interconnected with Snowbird for even more terrain to explore. Utah ski resorts are renowned for producing consistently epic snow, with over 13 metres falling each year meaning Alta is perfect for powder hounds!
Alta offers a unique lodge style ski holiday experience; many Alta ski lodges package your stay to include meals along with other bonuses, as a part of your trip. These boutique lodges give skiers a more personalised stay and suit travellers that prefer an inclusive ski holiday.
Lodges often have multi-course menus at night and dinner it is usually a lively experience where guests can chat and share stories from the days adventure. The lodges are open for locals and other visitors to dine, but generally most visitors tend to dine in while in Alta.
Alta Ski Resort offers over 2,600 acres of skiable terrain, 116 runs and plenty of off-piste powder lines to explore. The resort is inter-connected with Snowbird via lift, slopes or free ski bus and combined these two resorts have a staggering 5,100 acres of terrain!
Alta is ideally suited to intermediate to expert skiers, with 55% of the terrain being marked for advanced level skiers. Like most resorts the smallest crowds occur on weekdays, so for quieter lift lines skiing mid-week is the best option!
For beginner skiers, Alta does have great beginners’ area with its own facilities, separate for the experts and has the bonus of not having snowboarders carving up the slopes! Due to the quieter nightlife and friendly community atmosphere, families also really enjoy Alta ski resort. The Albion base area is set up to cater to beginners and has a children’s centre and ski school for families to learn the ropes and slopes together.
Only 45-minutes’ drive from Utah’s capital of Salt Lake City and the SLC International Airport, Alta is easily accessible using shuttle transfers or by car. Most flights from Australia will stop in either LA or San Francisco as the most direct option.
Like many ski resorts in Utah getting around Alta is pretty easy, there are free shuttles that run in a loop between the two base areas, Albion and Wildcat, and guests can also ski between areas (including neighbouring Snowbird).
Alta is a true ski-town and generally visitors are all about the ski slopes. Exploring the incredible terrain and Utah’s famous powder is definitely the most popular thing to do during your stay & if regular inbounds skiing isn’t enough you are able to take guided snowcat ski tours and partake in excellent backcountry skiing without too much hiking. inbounds
If your legs are need of a rest day, there is a Day spa at Rustler Lodge or (depending which lodge you choose) there may be a hot tub to soak away those aches and pains. A rest day is a great chance to mingle with locals, curl up with a good book or relax by the fire as you wait to enjoy the next delicious meal at your lodge.
Apres-ski in the lodge bar will be vibrant and social affair, locals and other guests will provide lively company and you may be able to get the inside goss on the best spots of the day! After dinner Alta is generally quiet as most people head to bed for a good night’s rest, ready to tackle more terrain the following day.
Most visitors to Alta choose to book a lodge that includes some dining, so guests tend to eat in each evening. The lodges do take reservations for non-guests if you prefer not to spend every night at your accommodation, and some bars do serve budget-friendly meals as well. Dinner is often a multi-course meal with a changing menu and evenings can be quite a social event.
During the day, if you have not chosen to eat all meals at your lodge, there are some on-mountain lunch options. Check out Collins Grill, Watsons Grill or for a more casual option head to Alf’s Restaurant or Slopeside Café for a cafe style lunch.