Scheduled Season: November 18, 2006 - April 15, 2007(Reopening April 20-22, 2007) Hours of Operation: 9:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Base Elevation: 8,530 ft (2600 m) Top Elevation: 10,550 ft (3216 m) Vertical Drop: 2,020 ft (617 m) Skiable Acres: 2,200 acres (890 hectares) Number of Runs: 116 Average Seasonal Snowfall: 500" Lifts: 2 detachable quad chairs...more
2006 - 2007 Season Dates: November 18, 2006 - April 15, 2007(Re-Open April 20-22, 2007) Alta Ski Area is open daily from: 9:15 am - 4:30 pm Cecret and Supreme lift hours: 9:15 am - 4:00 pm Sugarloaf lift hours: 9:15 am - 4:30 pm All other lift hours: 9:15 am - 4:30 pm Area A.M. Passes are valid from: 9:15 am - 1:00 pm Area P.M. Passes are valid...more
PO Box 8055, Alta, Utah, 84092, United States
Good for: Families
10380 East Highway 210, Alta, Utah, United States
Good for: Couples
LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON RD, Alta, UT 84092
Good for: Couples
Alta and Snowbird share the same canyon, Little Cottonwood Canyon. The nightlife in Alta is very 'locals'. Meaning its just around the sofas of Goldminer's Daughter or Peruvian's after dinner or in and around those Lodges' heated pools. Maybe there is a local video or photo showing at the church up a road, maybe a hangout at someones house.
No real tourist designated facility that is designated for nightlife like other ski areas or cities for that matter.
The closest thing to that is the Tram, located down at Snowbird, actually inside the bottom of the tram bay. It's usually just a bar but actaully has a audio and video system that can accomodate some sort of a nightlife.
If you get lucky, theres whats called a tram party inside the tram itself.
Dress Code: Casual, relaxed
If traveling by plane, this will be your final destination.Considering the kinds of weather this airport gets, it does a good job of maintaining flights and schedule. I personally don't have a complaint about the airport. Not as architectually stimulating as Denver but it does the job. Almost all carriers can get here.If you travel with your...more
The UTA (Utha Transit Authority) operates buses to go to every route in the city and surrounding counties from Salt Lake City and. There is a bus route that goes up Little Cottonwood Canyon and stops at the door of the Cliff and Snowbird and the steps of Alta. Its even easy to have lodging in Salt Lake City, hop the bus and go up to your ski...more
Its easy to rent a car at Salt Lake City Airport. I'm sure you know your favorite rental agencies and won't waste time writing how to do that for this. You can rent a car and drive to Alta or any resort. No problem. But I usually take a shuttle or even the public transportaton when I go skiing.Reasons are: I'm there to ski so the only time I need...more
Avalance danger is very real up here. Tons of snow and steep terrain. That is why you will probably here avicannons and explosions early in the morning. Don't go wandering in the woods or out of bounds.For experienced backcountry skiers, check with patrol, updated forecast and carry a good map, have a working beacon. Don't go alone.more
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The title of this category is "tourist trap" and this tip belongs in here.
Don't be an obvious tourist. You will stick out like a really sore thumb.
Unique Suggestions: Simple things you should do right to make your experience more enjoyable and no locals running you over:
Make sure you know the proper way to carry skis and poles and don't swing around and hit people around you. Use the lift and the lift lines efficiently, always fill lift chair to capacity and dont wait to have your own chair! Look around you and BEHIND since faster skiers who are familiar to the area want to safely get around you are expecting you to stay in your "fall line". Know what your expected fall line should be. There are no friends on powder days, don't expect people will wait for you or even stop to help. However good you might think you are, there is always a good reason an area is closed off and reasons there are ropes in front of you, the ski patrol here are really good and if its closed, its for your safety and not for thier enjoyment.
Fun Alternatives: Take a guided tour of the resort the first time your there. You get to know the mountain and get familiar with the staff.
Ski Utah Interconnect Adventure.Little Cottonwood Canyon (Alta, Snowbird), Big Cottonwood Canyon (Brighton, Solitude) and the back side (Park City and others) has 5 world class resorts that as the crow flies are very close to each other. There is a program where you can go with a guide and tour with them. I have not done this but have friends who...more
Wasatch Powderbird Guides has an operation in the surrounding mountains. You actually pass them on the way up to Alta and if you stay at the Cliff lodge or rental homes, you can see them land and take off at their property. You are paired into a small group with a guide by ability.You want to experience heliskiing but cant afford a whole week in...more
Alta has a seperate area next to the resort in Grizzly Gulch Bowl reserved for cat skiing.You need to reserve for it and will cost considerably more than a lift ticket but less than a day of heliskiing.It has over 300 acres, guides, heated seats in the catmobile. All day catskiing not jut one run. This is an option if you really want your own space...more
Fondest memory: I lived through the trip. I was on the east coast for about 8 years so skiing was not readily available, and I every year I say the same thing: 'I have to get in shape for ski season.' I never do. I always show up with pathetic excuses for muscles and feel like I've been beaten after the day of skiing is done. Alta was not as cruel to my body as some other resorts have been, and it was gorgeous.