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Mountain Stats

  • 559 in of annual snowfall
  • 2200 total skiable acres
  • Top elevation 10551 ft, base 8530 ft
  • 25% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% advanced, 0% expert
  • Projected opening: 11/21/2014
  • Projected closing: 05/03/2015

Alta Beginner Skiing

Alta is renowned as a core skier’s mountain, but there are plenty of zones perfect for beginner skiers. First time skiers actually have an incredible place to learn in Alta. The base area’s Grizzly Tow, Little Grizzly and Rustler Lift provide never evers with an ideal, gentle slopes. Plus the Alta Ski School is located in this area. Once beginners are ready to venture around the mountain, Alta provides a host of progressive options. Try out longer green slopes off the Sunnyside and Albion chairlifts, from there beginners head up to the Cecret chairlift and experience higher mountain views.

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Things to do in Alta

As an all-inclusive ski area, the No. 1 thing to do in Alta is obvious: ski the resort’s renowned 500 inches of annual powder. But if, and when, you decide you’d like try something else on your Alta ski vacation. There are plenty of outdoor activities and things to do in Alta. Below you’ll find Ski.com’s top picks. To learn more about these activities call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Experience Alta’s mile-long groomed cross-country track.

Make some memories and explore Grizzly Gulch Bowl backcountry with a guide and snowcat. If you do this on a powder day you’ll be talking about this day for years to come.

To learn more about things to do in Alta call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Alta Budget Ski Vacation

True to its history, Alta may be one of the last remaining well-known, affordable ski resorts. Lodging and dining are limited, but it’s quality over quantity here. Alta’s original lodge, the Peruvian, located in the base are was built in 1948 and exudes classic, rustic chalet-style charm. Skiers on a budget will appreciate the Peruvian’s all-inclusive, affordable rates. Meals are included here, an amenity typically found in Europe. Alta’s ski school and equipment rentals are also quite affordable, which is great for beginners on a budget considering an Alta ski vacation.

The Peruvian Lodge, an economical Alta accommodation, is located at the base of the ski area. Built in 1948, this lodge oozes traditional ski lodge character and charm. Plus, skiers on a budget will appreciate the meal-plan that’s included in the lodging rate.

To learn more about the historic Peruvian Lodge, call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.


Alta Dining

With only a couple of lodging options, the Alta dining scene is limited to a handful of options. The Alta Lodge, located at the foot of the slopes, provides a classic, fine-dining experience reminiscent of European chalets and serves up eclectic and varied menu items. The Alta Rustler Dining Room provides diners with American ski fare, like soups and sandwiches at reasonable prices.

On-mountain, Watson’s Shelter, located half-way down Collin’s chairlift, serves up hearty, high-quality and affordable lunch cuisine, like grilled items, salads and burgers.

To learn more about dining in Alta call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Alta Expert Skiing

Alta expert skiing has attracted the likes of ski film production Teton Gravity Research’s Sage Cattabrigga-Alosa—who still calls Alta home when he’s not travelling around the world and filming in exotic places. Alta certainly has lively hard-core skier culture—especially in and around the Peruvian Lodge—but don’t let that intimidate you, the locales are happy to share their slice of powder heaven.

Famed for its challenging inbounds and sidecountry terrain, Alta is an expert skier’s bucket list destination. At the top of Alta’s expert offerings is Mount Baldy, the centerpiece peak at Alta, which dares skiers from afar to try their best in the Baldy Chutes area. Devil’s Caslte, another extreme zone provides experts with chutes and cliffs up high, which drop into wide-open, steep powder fields. Exper skiers who opt for the Alta-Snowbird ticket, can even ski to Snowbird via the challenging, sidecountry Keyhole area, accessed from atop Mount Baldy.

To learn more about Alta expert skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Alta Lodging

Alta is a great option for someone looking to make their ski vacation simple, as the resort only has two accommodation options: the famed-Peruvian Lodge and the Atlas Rustler Lodge.

Located at the base of the ski area, the Alta Peruvian Lodge was built in 1948 and has retained traditional ski lodge ambiance over more than a half-century. Guests are afforded a full meal-plan with their lodging rate and can enjoy world-class amenities like an outdoor, heated swimming pool and hot tub, steam room/sauana and ski shuttle services, to name a few.

Rustler Lodge, which features modest to deluxe accommodations, provides guests with an inviting atmosphere and high-quality amenities like an outdoor, heated pool and hot tub, a full service spa, fitness facilities and a steam room/sauna. Plus, lodging rates include a full breakfast and dinner. 

To learn more about these well-loved Alta lodging accommodations, call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists. 

Alta Nightlife

Alta’s nightlife is specific to après-ski at the Peruvian Lodge, and boy does this acclaimed—and historic—establishment deliver a punch. Enjoy cold beers in the lodge’s heated, outdoor hot tub or pool, and complimentary après-ski hors d’oeuvres. If you’re at Alta on a Sunday, the Peruvian features great, live music. The bartenders at the Peruvian are welcoming and you can enjoy sill bar games, like the world-famous “shotski.”

To learn more about Alta nightlife call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Alta Family Ski Vacation

Alta’s ideally situated, secluded and sunny beginner zones, affordable ski school and equipment rental rates and plethora of  high-alpine intermediate runs, make Alta the perfect destination for next family ski vacation. Plus, families in search of a hassle-free, limited planning winter getaway will appreciate the simplicity of Alta and its all-inclusive nature. 

Families will love the Rustler Lodge, particularly for its epic pool. Kids can splash around, while parents relax in the sun-basked outdoor hot tub. The lodge’s 85 rooms range from luxury to modest accommodations and provides with an inclusive full breakfast and dinner.

To learn more about Alta’s Rustler Lodge, call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.



Alta Luxury Ski Vacation

Those in pursuit of an Alta luxury ski vacation may find the resort’s lodging and dining wanting, but the terrain and whopping 500 inches of pristine powder are decidedly world-class. Three-star Atlas Rustler Lodge provides skiers and snowboarder accustomed to luxury with a satisfactory experience. 

The Rustler’s 85 rooms range from luxury to modest accommodations and provide guests with full breakfast and dinner service. Other amenities include and a guest fitness room, heated, outdoor pool with unbeatable Wasatch views, a Jacuzzi and spa services.

To learn more about an Alta luxury ski vacation call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

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