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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
Updated Feb 17, 2007
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.
Updated Dec 21, 2006
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.
Written Oct 4, 2002