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Why Ski Alta?

Photo by Lee Cohen People often ask on the chair lift why I like to ski at Alta. I always mention that Alta is refreshing as a ski resort because it's a town that just happens to have the Alta Ski Lift Co. as the largest employer. All the lodges are independantly owned. There's a police department, library, post office and townhall. Alta is a local's ski hill where everyone knows each other.

If you're a skier, and haven't skied at Alta, you owe it to yourself to get here. Stay at the Alta Peruvian or the Alta Lodge for an authenticate Wasatch ski culture experience.
  • Browse Alta snowfall history.
  • 560" annual snowfall average.
  • 2200 skiable acres.
  • Vertical Drop: 2,020 ft (617 m)
  • Base Elevation: 8,530 ft (2,600 m)
  • Top Elevation: 10,550 ft (3,216 m)
  • 116+ runs
  • 25% Beginner Terrain
  • 40% Intermediate Terrain
  • 35% Advanced Terrain
  • 45 minutes from the SLC International Airport
  • Alta is a skiers' mountain. Snowboarding is not allowed.