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Mountain Facts - History

Alta's philosophy has been to offer a quality skiing experience for a fair price. The focus is on skiing, earning Alta accolades as a "purist's mountain." It is one of the three remaining areas in the United States to be a skier's-only mountain. Snowboarding is not allowed.

Alta, along with Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, proudly celebrate 10 years of offering America's first lift-served interconnect. Come and enjoy the excitement of the Alta-Snowbird experience. With the Alta-Snowbird "one ticket", skiers have access to 4700 acres.

Alta is located 25 miles (40km) 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.

History of Alta

alta historyIn the early 1850's Mormon settlers began mining granite lower in the canyon for material to build a temple. Word filtered down canyon that there was evidence of silver ore up the road. The pioneers were not interested since they were struggling to settle. Col. Patrick Connor had been dispatched to the area from the army to help protect the overland mail route newly opened across the U.S. He sensed the great wealth which lay underground high in the hills. He attracted a number of prospectors into the canyon. Individuals made millions and lost them as well, but the town of Alta got a start.

By 1869, with the completion of the east-west railway link from Nebraska to California, mining reached a new peak. An economic depression in the late 1890's slowed things down, but there was a resurgence in 1904. A narrow gauge railway was built in 1916 up to Tanner's Flats. From there an aerial tram joined the rail system to Alta. By 1919 the railway extended all the way up the canyon. Production of silver ore peaked, and then steadily declined by the late 1920's, to be met with the fate of the great crash on Wall Street.

An attorney in Salt Lake named Joe Quinney, the Salt Lake Winter Sports Association, the Salt Lake Chamber, the USFS, the WPA'S, the State Road Commission, and some local county officials began negotiations to set up a ski hill in the Alta Town area. A contract was signed on September 27, 1938. The first recorded lift operation was on January 15, 1939.

The following summer trail work was done, preparing the way for a busy season to come with some 86,000 skier lift rides. The decades that followed have provided the ski world with a steady and gradual growth of Alta Ski Lifts based on conservative thinking and careful planning.

Alta Lifts, Trails, and Lodges

alta trailsIn the early 1850's Mormon settlers began mining granite lower in the canyon for material to build a temple. Word filtered down canyon that there was evidence of silver ore up the road. The pioneers were not interested since they were struggling to settle. Col. Patrick Connor had been dispatched to the area from the army to help protect the overland mail route newly opened across the U.S. He sensed the great wealth which lay underground high in the hills. He attracted a number of prospectors into the canyon. Individuals made millions and lost them as well, but the town of Alta got a start.

The ski area did not install its first triple chair until 1991, when the Germania double chair was upgraded. The resort did not have a developed snowmaking infrastructure until 1996, and the system was not completed until 2000. However, Alta has moved toward snowmaking in order to remain competitive by opening earlier in the season, and retaining good skiable conditions in drier years. The late 1990s and early 2000s were marked with further modernization. In 1999 the Sunnyside lift was replaced with a detachable triple chair, the resort's first detachable chairlift. Two years later the Supreme chair was upgraded to a triple, and the Sugarloaf chair was replaced with a detachable quad. The most recent lift development was the new Collins chair for the 2004-05 season, a detachable quad, replacing the old Collins and Germania chairs. Also, during the 2007-08 season, Alta introduced a new Axess RFID electronic lift ticket system, similar to that of Solitude Ski Resort.

sugarloaf summitThe resort currently has 2 detachable quad chairs, 1 detachable triple chair, 1 triple chair, 3 double chairs, and 5 surface tows. The terrain is classified as 25% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, and 35% Advanced.

Established 1939
Location Alta, Utah
Vertical 2,020 ft / 616 m
Top Elevation 10,550 ft / 3,216 m
Base Elevation 8,530 ft / 2,600 m
Skiable Area 2,200 acres / 8.9 km²
Runs 116+ total
Ability Levels: Easier 25%
More difficult 40%
Most difficult 35%
Total number of chairlifts 7
High-speed quads 2
High-speed triples 1
Fixed Triple 1
Fixed Doubles 3
Surface Tows 3
Moving conveyor 1

Lifts, Trails & Lodges

Alta Lodge

Alta LodgingThe inviting atmosphere of the Alta Lodge is why guests return each year. Great food, traditional lodge ambience and personal service are emphasized at the Alta Lodge. Guests have ski-in/ski-out access to lifts, hot pools and saunas, the Sitzmark Club bar, in-room boot heaters, wireless Internet access, full breakfast and four-course dinners. Complimentary Kids' Program included.


Alta Peruvian Lodge

Alta Peruvian LodgeEnjoy a friendly home-away-from-home skiing vacation. Alta Peruvian Lodging packages include breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the food is excellent! Relax in Alta's largest outdoor heated pool. Other amenities include ski repair, gift shop and a private club.



Alta's Rustler Lodge

Alta Rustler LodgeAlta's Rustler Lodge offers its guests the very best in dining, lodging and personal service. Amenities include an outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, exercise room, wireless Internet and business center, children's programs and spa services. Ideal mountainside location provides ski-in/ski-out convenience to all of the Alta Ski Area.


Goldminer's Daughter Lodge

Alta Goldminers DaughterThe Goldminer's Daughter Lodge is a rustic, unassuming lodge situated at the base of Alta's main lifts and ticket office. The lodge provides a casual atmosphere, thoughtful service and outstanding dining, just steps from the Collins and Wildcat Lifts.



Snowpine Lodge

Alta Snowpine LodgeEnjoy the rustic atmosphere and charm of Alta's oldest and smallest lodge. Accommodations range from private rooms with private baths to dorms with shared baths. Elegant simplicity defines the dining experience at Snowpine. Hearty breakfasts and special four-course dinners are just what the serious skier needs to better explore Alta's renowned powder.

Ski Conditions

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A skier's mountain, Alta and pure unspoiled skiing are truly synonymous. Respected for its classic powder skiing, challenging terrain and spectacular views.



Alta also offers great beginner and intermediate skiing. Known for deep powder and superb terrain, Alta is a definite locals favorite! Located at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Alta promises beautiful scenery and panoramic views from its slopes.

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Other Amenities

The Alta Environmental Center is the outgrowth of Alta's last twenty years of sustainability practices. Alta is committed to discovering innovative new ways to be sustainable and improve our environment. Alta believes an efficient, profitable company is a necessary foundation to support many worthy environmental efforts. The Alta Environmental Center will guide these efforts towards sustainability and will look after the natural environment.

Ski Rentals

vanYou can have your equipment delivered to you in the comfort of your lodging and leave it at the Canyons in the overnight ski check. Just call Skis on the Run and you can have equipment from – Volkl, Nordica, K2, Salomon, Rossignol, Blizzard, Atomic or Dynastar. They also provide rental clothing, helmets, radios and other accessories in case your luggage was lost or you forgot anything. Prices are comparable to a traditional rental shop and everything is brought to you. If you have any problems Skis on the Run will meet you at the base of the mountain or where ever is most convenient for you, usually within 30 minutes. When you are done skiing simply call Skis on the Run and a ski technician will come pick up the equipment either at your lodging or where ever is most convenient for you.

Prices – Lift Tickets & Ski School

Lift Ticket Prices
Ticket Price Reload Price
Adult Day $79 $74
Adult PM $65 $60
Child Day $42 $37
Beginner Area Day $42 $37
Nordic Day $10 n/a
Ski Lessons
Adult
2 Hour Beginner/Intermediate Class Lesson
(Maximum of seven skiers per group.)
$60
2.5 Hour Advanced Lesson $75
Private Lesson Options 1st Skier 2nd Skier
Full Day - 6 Hours $600 $90
Half Day - 3 Hours $300 $90
2 Hours $200 $60
1 Hour (when available) $100 $30
Early Bird (8:30 - 9:30 am) $110 $110
Ski Lessons
BEGINNER SKI ADVENTURES
Ages 4 - 12 Introduction to skiing
From first-time skiers to skiers learning how to make consistent wedge turns and stops on the easiest green slopes.
All-Day Adventure
Includes 4 hours of skiing and lunch.
Check in is 8:30-9:15 am, pick-up is 3:15-4:30 pm.
$135
Half-Day Adventure
Includes 2 hours of skiing, morning or afternoon.
Check in for AM half-day is 8:30-9:15 am.
Pick-up for AM half-day is 12 pm.
Check in for PM half-day is 12:45 pm.
Pick-up for PM half-day is 3:15 pm.
$60
Not available Christmas holiday and Presidents week.
All-Day Mini Adventure
Includes 2 hours of skiing, lunch and half-day daycare.
Check in is 8:30-9:15 am, pick-up is 3:15-4:30 pm.
$135
Ski Lessons
ADVANCED BEGINNER - INTERMEDIATE
Ages 4 - 12 Green and blue terrain
Have fun working on parallel turns and skills that allow skiing green and blue terrain with comfort and confidence.
All Day Adventure
Includes 4 hours of skiing and lunch.
Check in is 8:30-9:15 am, pick-up is 3:15-4:30 pm.
$125
Half Day Adventure
Includes 2 hours of skiing, morning or afternoon.
Check in for AM half day is 8:30-9:15 am, pick-up is 12 pm.
Check in for PM half day is 12:45 pm, pick-up is 3:15 pm.
$60
Not available Christmas holiday and Presidents week.
Ski Lessons
ADVANCED MOUNTAIN EXPLORERS
Ages 7 - early teen Ski the whole mountain
A great way to learn more advanced skills necessary for skiing the whole mountain.
All-Day Explorer
Includes 5 hours of skiing and lunch.
Check in is 8:30-9:15 am, pick-up is 3:45-4:30 pm.
$130
Half-Day Explorer
Includes 2 1/2 hours of skiing in the afternoon.
Check in for PM half-day is 12:45 pm, pick-up is 3:45 pm.
$75
Not available Christmas holiday and Presidents week.
Ski Lessons
Children's Private Lesson
Private Lesson Options 1st Skier 2nd Skier
1 Hour (when available) $100 $30
Parent/Tot $100 n/a
2 Hours $200 $60
Half Day - 3 Hours $300 $90
Full Day - 6 Hours $600 $90

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