Alta Travel Guide

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Alta Things to Do

  • Trail map

    Go to alta's website to interact with thier trailmap. They even have a new feature called Virtual Tour to see specific areas of the mountain. Seriously, the terrain is awsome. Some of the best spots do require traversing and even bootpack or sidestepping but oh it is so worth it.

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  • Mountain Statistics

    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...

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  • Alta Resort Lift Hours

    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...

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Alta Hotels

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  • Altas Rustler Lodge

    10380 East Highway 210, Alta, Utah, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Goldminer's Daughter Lodge

    PO Box 8055, Alta, Utah, 84092, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Alta Peruvian Lodge

    LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON RD, Alta, UT 84092

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Alta Nightlife

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    by kzapanta Updated Feb 17, 2007

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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

    this is the tramparty inside the tram at night
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Alta Transportation

  • Salt Lake Airport, SLC

    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...

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  • Public Bus

    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...

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  • Ground Transportation

    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...

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Alta Warnings and Dangers

  • Avalanche

    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.

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  • Do not try this if you aren't...

    Do not try this if you aren't a professional skiier! Taking a lesson is nothing to be ashamed of, skiing is not easy!

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Alta Tourist Traps

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    by kzapanta Updated Dec 21, 2006

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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.

    not a tourist.  courtesy,copyright www.alta.com
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Alta Off The Beaten Path

  • Ski 5 resorts in one day.

    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...

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  • Heli Skiing in Alta

    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...

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  • Alta Catskiing

    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...

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Alta Favorites

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    by aussie79 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    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.

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