Alta Ski Area

Alta's micro climate, 2,200 acres and 2,020 foot vertical gain bring over 500 inches of fresh snow for skiers year after year after year after year. This resort reserves all the good nostalgia of yesteryear and combines it with the best of modernity to make sure you really get to know "the best snow on earth" on a very, very personal level. And, remember, Alta is for skiers. Read more...


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Alta's Rustler Lodge

Alta Peruvian Lodge

Rustic comfort at Alta

The Snowpine Lodge

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Alta's Snow Conditions

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Alta Ski Area Overview

Known for deep powder and superb terrain, Alta is a definite locals favorite! A great powdery environment, less expensive lift tickets and close proximity to Salt Lake City make Alta one of Utah's premier resorts. Located at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Alta promises beautiful scenery and panoramic views from its slopes.

Alta takes skiing seriously. No frills - just the best snow Utah has to offer! In fact, Alta offers two ski-in ski-out restaurants and a rental shop! Snowboarding is not permitted here.

At Alta, a variety of awesome terrain and snow conditions provide skiing opportunities for every level of skier, including beginners. Families can enjoy the slopes together no matter the ability or expertise. More uniquely, Alta has teamed up with Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort to enable skiers to have access to double the terrain, which means more fun for everyone.

Alta is located 25 miles southeast of Salt Lake City at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, State Highway 210, approximately 45 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport.

At a Glance

Terrain: 25% Beg., 40% Int., 35% Adv.
• Open 9:15 A.M. — 4:30 P.M.
• Ski Free After 3 Program
• Base Elevation: 8,530 ft. (2,600m)
• 2,200 Skiable Acres
• 116+ Runs
• 500+" Average Annual Snowfall
• Little Cottonwood Canyon, 45 minutes from Salt Lake City or Park City



38F 17F Average Temperature
1.5" Avg. Precipitation (inches)
17.1" Avg. Snowfall (inches)

Resort Information

  • Runs

    7 Lifts. 106 Runs.

    Our Favorite Alta Runs

    Albion & Sunnyside Lifts

    Patsey Marley (Green - Easy)
    Sunnyside (Green - Easy)
    Blue Bell (Blue - Intermediate)
    Vail Ridge (Black Diamond - Technical)

    Cecret Lift

    Sweet N' Easy (Green - Easy)

    Supreme Lift

    Upper Big Dipper (Blue - Intermediate)
    Rock N' Roll (Blue - Intermediate)
    Hammer Head (Black Diamond - Technical)
    Spiney Chutes Area (Black Diamond - Technical)
    Running Dog Nose (Black Diamond - Technical)

    Sugarloaf Lift

    Little Dipper (Blue - Intermediate)
    Devil's Elbow ( Blue - Intermediate)
    Rollercoaster (Blue - Intermediate)
    Cecret Saddle (Black Diamond - Technical)
    Extrovert (Black Diamond - Technical)

    Collins Lift

    Mambo (Blue - Intermediate)
    Ballroom Traverse (Blue - Intermediate)
    Strawberry (Blue - Intermediate)
    Annie's (Black Diamond - Technical)
    Hourglass Chute (Black Diamond - Technical)

    Wildcat Lift

    Meadow (Blue - Intermediate)
    Corkscrew (Blue - Intermediate)
    Nina's Curve (Black Diamond - Technical)
    Blitz (Black Diamond - Technical)
    Punch Bowl (Black Diamond - Technical)

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  • Food & Lodging


    Some days you just want a bucket of fries. Other days you resolve for veggies galore. And some nights, you just want something fancy. Oh, well, you can have all of these--even at one sitting if you like. Patio seating too? Absolutely. Breathing mountain air while eating has been proven to help digestion--according to Josh, the Vermont-born-and-raised ski-a-holic that's dishing up your black bean burger. You'll never have to come down off the mountain with all of your yummy options. View All Alta Dining Options

    On the Slopes

    Albion Grill
    Alf's Restaurant
    Alta Java
    Watson Shelter
    Collins Grill
    Slopeside Cafe & Slopeside Joe

    On Tap

    Alta Peruvian Lodge Bar
    Baldy Brews
    Cecret Lounge
    Goldminer's Saloon
    Rustler Lodge Eagle's Nest
    Sitzmark Club

    Night Out

    Alta Lodge Dining Room
    Alta Peruvian Lodge Dining Room
    Alta's Rustler Lodge Dining Room
    Shallow Shaft Restaurant
    The Snowpine Lodge Restaurant

    Alta Lodging

    Don't worry. You have a million lodging options (well, it feels like a million). But you'll want to reserve your favorites early on in the season before someone beats you to the punch and enjoys all of your favorite beds, views and access. Choose from:

    Alta Chalets
    Alta Lodge
    Alta Peruvian Lodge
    Alta's Rustler Lodge
    Goldminer's Daughter Lodge
    And lots and lots of private condominiums (perfect for sweaters and night-caps).
    See a full list of lodging options here.

  • Rentals

    If you're thinking of hauling all of your ski gear onto a plane or in the back of your leathery-seated vehicle, you might want to reconsider all that hassle. Take it easy--because you can. Just throw your red one-piece ski suit into your bag, a turtle neck for evenings out, and voila! You're all set to breeze into Salt Lake City.

    But, really. Here's where you can find out how to get all your gear ready and waiting for you.

    Alta Rental Shops

  • Transportation

    From Salt Lake International Airport

    Head east on I-80 for 2.7 miles.
    Then merge onto I-215 to UT-210 E/E Hwy 210/ E Little Cottonwood Road/Little Cottonwood Road. 22.5 miles.
    Follow UT-210/Little Cottonwood Road to Alta. 8.5 miles.

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