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Chalet Day Johns
  • 4WD Recommended
  • Outdoor Parking
  • Short Drive to Lifts
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About Chalet Day Johns

The Chalet Day Johns is a majestic 8 bedroom 9 bathroom home with unsurpassed views of Alta’s ski slopes and the surrounding canyon. This large home is perfect for families, groups of friends and corporate retreats. The home has five fireplaces, two hot tubs, a steam bath, a great room, an entertainment room with large screen television, a ski room with boot/glove heaters, a dining area, and gourmet kitchen. All bedrooms are equipped with ensuite bathrooms and TVs. Other amenities include two washers and dryers, satellite television, DVD players and WiFi. All bedding features high thread count linens and duvets. From the chalet, it is a short walk or shuttle ride to Alta’s base lifts, and you can ski back to the house. Please note, there is a separate caretaker's residence in the property.
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Manley Cabin
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  • BBQ
  • Balcony
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About Manley Cabin

Manley Cabin is a beautiful single level, two bedroom two bathroom home, located in the town of Alta. It is just a short walk or free shuttle to the Alta lifts and a short drive to the Snowbird lifts. The home features a full kitchen with wood floors, a laundry room, and a 2-sided stone gas fireplace. Reconnect with nature in this calm, peaceful home. Parking for this property is in a common parking area with designated spots for each home. Homes are accessed via a snow-packed path.
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Superior Point
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  • Short Drive to Lifts
  • Ski Shuttle
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About Superior Point

Ideally located between Alta and Snowbird, the spacious condominiums at Superior Point are your perfect home away from home. Access to skiing at Snowbird is across from the Superior Point driveway or you can walk or take the free shuttle to Alta.
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About Alta

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    Salt Lake City
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    Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
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About the Resort

Alta Ski Area is ready to impress with fantastic snow conditions, stunning alpine scenery, and a rare focus on skiers. Alta is located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, one of the snowiest places on the planet, and receives an impressive average of 551 inches of snow each year. The snow starts early and lasts long; on average, Alta gets 6.7 feet of snow each April, making it one of the top spring skiing destinations in the country. Alta has retained its ski-only status for over 80 years, choosing to dedicate its runs to the best-possible ski experience. Alta's slopes are peaceful, pristine and ready to welcome skiers for their perfect ski vacation.

Ride Alta’s new high-speed quad lift, Supreme, to the top of Alta Albion Basin for the area’s best mountain views. Find a line of ragged mountain peaks along the northern edge, including Point Supreme, Superior Peak, Flagstaff Mountain, and Mount Wolverine. Twin Peaks and Mount Baldy tower to the west. Its dramatic view inspires wistful memories and gorgeous photos. Afterwards, pull on some goggles and head down some of Alta’s best terrain. Intermediate skiers love Upper Big Dipper and Big Dipper, Three Bears, and Rock and Roll. Advanced skiers can head down steep No. 9 Express, Erosion Gullies, and Challenger on the west side of the lift, or the classic long, steep slopes on the east side of the lift, with drop-offs, moguls, and deep powder.

Although Alta Ski Area has a well-earned reputation for its black-diamond runs, Alta's huge variety of terrain makes for a great family ski adventure. Two-thirds of the 2,200 skiable acres in Albion Basin and Collins Gulch caters to beginner and intermediate skiers. The mountain’s 116 runs are 25 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate terrain, and 35 percent advanced trails. Alta is a wonderful place for beginners to learn and to challenge experienced skiers.

With a long history and strong commitment to skiing, Alta was the third ski resort in the US to open a chairlift. Alta has been partially owned by the same family for 8 decades. Along with Alta's reputation of fantastic skiing, long history of excellence, and ever-growing popularity, it fosters a friendly community on its slopes, welcoming locals and families alongside the seasoned experts.
Latest News at Alta
Alta Ski Area's Position on the Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Act (CWNCRA) On November 19, 2018, the Central Wasatch Commission (CWC) voted to approve and move forward a version of the Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Act (CWNCRA) that excludes Alta Ski Area (Alta) and the Town of Alta. The legislation that the CWC voted to move forward fails to adequately address traffic, congestion and parking in the Cottonwood Canyons. Similar legislation introduced through the Mountain Accord process in 2016 stalled at the federal level because it only contained a promise to address transportation while making wilderness adjustments and creating a conservation and recreation area. Alta's position is that transportation solutions should be developed and funded in concert with legislation to create a conservation and recreation area to ensure there are not conflicts and achieve a collaborative solution. In the subcommittee hearing for the 2016 legislation, it was pointed out that it is not good policy to pass collaborative legislation that provides benefits to one side and only promises for the other. Alta encourages the CWC and our Congressional Delegation to only move legislation forward that provides transportation solutions and environmental protections together.

Alta owns private lands in Grizzly Gulch on which it has provided snowcat skiing for the past 15 years. These private lands are included in Alta's ski area boundary. Alta purchased these lands many years ago to have additional terrain to accommodate recreational growth and because they could be used for an over-the-snow connection to Big Cottonwood Canyon. During the Mountain Accord process, Alta agreed to consider inclusion of private lands in Grizzly Gulch in a land exchange with the Forest Service on certain conditions, one of which was transit improvements, such as a tunnel or other connection, between Big and Little Cottonwood. Given that the Mountain Accord and the CWC have not met this condition and in light of the recreational growth projections along the Wasatch Front, Alta has removed its private lands in Grizzly Gulch from the current land exchange.

lta's Special Use Permit with the US Forest Service authorizes Alta to provide recreational opportunities, such as lift-served skiing. A portion of Alta's special use permit, Patsey Marley Ridge, is designated as an avalanche control area where skiing and avalanche mitigation work are authorized. As recreational demand increases, Alta can apply to change the authorization of the avalanche control area to allow installation of ski lifts with the US Forest Service. The Forest Service process would take into consideration conditions, a NEPA evaluation, and public input in evaluating whether to authorize lift access in this area. Currently, Alta has no plans to change the status of the avalanche control area in their special use permit but wishes to preserve its right to do so. The CWC and special interest groups have only proposed options that reduce Alta's future rights within the avalanche control area.

Alta did not request to be removed from the CWNCRA legislation which contains a land exchange authorization. Alta has presented alternatives and supports legislation that includes Alta in the CWNCRA, protects Alta's private lands and options in Grizzly Gulch, preserves Alta's options within its special use permit and authorizes base areas lands to be exchanged with the Forest Service. Alta would exchange private lands on the north side of Little Cottonwood Canyon and private lands owned in Big Cottonwood Canyon for base area lands which would move private lands into public ownership within the CWNCRA. Alta Ski Area has over 500 acres of surface rights and 1,300 acres of mineral rights for consideration in the land exchange with the Forest Service. The land exchange authorizations with ski areas allow the Forest Service to focus their resources on the management of forests rather than base area developments and help the ski areas provide infrastructure for the hundreds of thousands of recreational visitors coming to the Cottonwood Canyons each year. We need solutions that benefit all recreational visitors rather than the special interests of a few groups or individuals.

Rather than support an alternative that respects Alta's current rights and options, the CWC has supported positions backed by special interest groups, such as Save Our Canyons and the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance, that reduce Alta's current rights and options. As of the date of this press release, CWC has only presented options that reduce Alta's current private land owner rights and options or Alta's options available under its Special Use Permit. Surprisingly, they have elected to propose legislation that excludes Alta from the CWNCRA and removes Alta's legislative authorization to exchange lands with the Forest Service. The CWC proposed legislation has less environmental protections than alternatives presented by Alta. This action appears to be punitive in nature or an attempt to bully Alta into including its private lands in Grizzly Gulch in the land exchange. Alta is the only ski area being excluded from the legislative
land exchange.

For the past 81 years, Alta has worked with the US Forest Service, Salt Lake City Watershed and the Town of Alta to provide recreational opportunities and protect the environment. Today, we have a world class ski area visited by up to 500,000 people annually with a healthy forest, vibrant wetlands and clean water. We consider ourselves conservationists striving to provide recreational opportunities for current and future outdoor enthusiasts while managing their impact on the environment.

Alta encourages the CWC, the Utah State Legislature and the Utah Congressional Delegation in Washington to draft and move forward legislation that respects the rights of and is fair for all stakeholders. Legislation that helps facilitate and manage the expected growth in a manner that provides access, reduces congestion and protects the environment. Moving forward legislation that only addresses one part of the puzzle is unfair and does not seem like the right thing to do.

Michael R. Maughan
President and General Manager
Alta Ski Area
November 26th, 2018
Alta Ski Area's Position on the Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Act (CWNCRA)
November 21st, 2018
Alta Ski Area to Open Friday, November 23rd
June 27th, 2018
Alta’s New Summer with Lift-Served Hiking to Albion Basin
April 14th, 2018
Alta Earth Day Celebration
March 1st, 2018
Big Sky, Montana Joins The Mountain Collective for the 2018-2019 Season
February 22nd, 2018
Ikon Pass Announces Three New Partners, Access, Price & Benefits for Winter 2018-2019
February 15th, 2018
Ikon Pass Joins Forces with Protect Our Winters with 50K Donation to Create the Ikon Pass Fund
February 14th, 2018
Ski and Charge Your Electric Vehicle at Alta
January 26th, 2018
Mikaela Shiffrin: The New Face of the Ikon Pass
January 25th, 2018
Introducing the Ikon Pass: Uniting North America's Premier Mountain Destinations
December 8th, 2017
Support Local Conservation Efforts Through Skiing and Birds!
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Events at Alta
Winter Farmers Market April 28th, 2019 Located at Our Lady of the Snows Come and stock your holiday pantry and fridge with products from local businesses.

Van Kwartel Flavor Science

Top Crops

Epicurean Chefs

Beehive Cheese

Solstice Spices

Sterling Wild Salmon

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Frisky Fresh Fish

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Fleur Delicious Craft Bakery
December 20th, 2018
Winter Farmers Market
December 21st, 2018
Holiday Music Concert
December 31st, 2018
New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade, Fireworks & Bonfire
January 3rd, 2019
Alta Radio & ACE’s Annual Women's Arm Wrestling & Disco Dance Party
January 11th, 2019
Mountainfilm on Tour
January 12th, 2019
Mountainfilm on Tour
January 13th, 2019
January 14th, 2019
Birding on Skis
January 14th, 2019
QPR Training
January 19th, 2019
Snowshoe Naturalist Tour
January 22nd, 2019
Alta Town Race Series
January 25th, 2019
National Geographic Explorer Mike Libecki
January 29th, 2019
Alta Town Race Series
February 2nd, 2019
The Curt and Adam Naisbitt Memorial Groundhog Day Race
February 5th, 2019
Alta Town Race Series
February 11th, 2019
Birding on Skis
February 12th, 2019
Alta Town Race Series
February 14th, 2019
A.C.E. presents Wild & Scenic Film Fest
February 19th, 2019
Snowshoe Naturalist Tour
February 26th, 2019
Alta Town Race Series
March 5th, 2019
Alta Town Race Series
March 9th, 2019
Kristen Ulmer The Art of Fear 2-Day Ski Camp
March 10th, 2019
Kristen Ulmer The Art of Fear 2-Day Ski Camp
March 11th, 2019
Birding on Skis
March 11th, 2019
Birding on Skis
March 12th, 2019
Alta Town Race Series
March 19th, 2019
Alta Town Race Series
March 19th, 2019
Snowshoe Naturalist Tour
March 26th, 2019
Alta Town Race Series
April 2nd, 2019
Alta Town Race Series
April 8th, 2019
Birding on Skis
April 9th, 2019
Alta Town Race Series
April 19th, 2019
Snowshoe Naturalist Tour
April 20th, 2019
Alta Earth Day
April 20th, 2019
Birding on Skis
April 21st, 2019
CLosing Day (7 day/week operations)
April 26th, 2019
Bonus Weekend!
April 27th, 2019
Bonus Weekend!
April 28th, 2019
Bonus Weekend!
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