Alta Mountain Stats: 116 trails, 11 lifts, Vertical Drop
2,020’, Summit Elevation 10,550’
Skiable Acres 2,200’ (4,700 with interconnected Snowbird), Annual Snowfall: 550"
Alta Opened in 1939 with $.25 single chair rides, No snowboarders allowed
Alta is a skiers’ paradise, it’s a classic with time honored terrain and a very
loyal following. In fact snowboarders are not allowed at this 2,200 acre skiers’
playground that interconnects with Snowbird. A 2014 lawsuit by snowboarders is
testing Alta's ban being on US Forest land, but that has yet to show merit or
allow them on the skiers only mountain. Since 1939, some of the best skiers
in the world have flocked to ski Alta’s steep chutes and wide open powder bowls.
Alta receives over 500 inches annually of Utah’s patented “greatest snow on
Alta’s terrain is vast particularly in the Ballroom and Greely’s, but there are
plenty of groomed cruisers
too, served by a lift system that has been upgraded
in recent years to include three detachable chairs. Alta has 116 named runs, but
you can find new variations all season long.
Now that Snowbird and Alta are interconnected, you can ski all 4,700-acres in a
day. For a flashback of more authentic Alta, ride the Wildcat double and get
radical on those steeps, then lunch at Goldminer’s Daughter or Peruvian for a
trip back in time. Looking for more upscale, then ski into Watson’s Shelter for
a linen table lunch upstairs at Collin’s Grill. The best place to stay in Alta
is The Rustler Lodge, with perfect views of High Rustler and Eagles Nest and
posh service, even a spa.