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About Alta

Mountain Stats of Alta

The Mountain

  • Year Established
  • Summit
  • Base
  • Vertical Drop
  • Winter Season Opening
    Late November/Early December
  • Winter Season Closing
    Late April

Snowfall & Weather

  • Average Winter High
  • Average Winter Low
  • Annual Average Snowfall
  • Snow Making


  • Total Skiable Terrain
  • Total Number of Runs
  • Green Runs
  • Blue Runs
  • Black Runs


  • Total Lifts
  • Surface Lifts
  • Fixed Grip Double Chairlifts
  • High Speed Triple Chairlifts
  • High Speed Quad Chairlifts


  • Resort Location
    Utah, United States of America
  • Nearest Town
    Sandy, Utah
  • Distance to Town
  • Nearest City
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Distance to City
  • Nearest International Airport
    Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
  • Distance to International Airport

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 over over 550 inchesalmost 1400 centimetres of snow each year. The snow starts early and lasts long; on average, Alta gets 6.7 feet2 metres 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
Sustainability Guiding Change – An Update from Alta Ski Area 2018 Change is a constant which reminds us of the work and balance needed between the environment, its people and business. At Alta Ski Area we call this sustainability. Alta experienced varying levels of changes from 80+ years ago when the ski area came to be, some rapid and some slow. This year’s annual sustainability report updates readers, stakeholders, and patrons with a glimpse of the changes that are happening at Alta and how the Alta Environmental Center (AEC) is working hard to include sustainability when addressing changes at Alta.

The AEC helps guide the ski area’s efforts internally while working with thirdParty entities to address changing needs in conservation. Unchanged through all these years is Alta’s strong culture and it is this culture that motivates and guides the AEC to protect and improve the ski area’s environment, industry and community. One of the AEC's significant initiatives is working towards Alta reducing greenhouse gases 20% by the year 2020. This goal and other efforts are accomplished in alliance with ski industry partners and led by the National Ski Areas Association Climate Challenge program. The Climate Challenge program asks participating ski areas to track their annual carbon footprint, create reduction goals and projects to meet these goals, share their progress publicly, and advocate at a national level for GHG reduction. The program took flight in 2011 and Alta is pleased to have supported these objectives since 2008.

Looking back on our warmer months, summer visitation continues to pose an everincreasing challenge in balancing natural resource protection and visitor use. This past summer the Alta community introduced significant changes in operations focused on sustainability. Changes included:

1) Running a chairlift and reducing parking stalls resulted in 65% reduction of vehicular traffic into the Albion Basin.

2) Introduction of the Summer Host on weekends and holidays.

3) Fewer rogue trails were created than years past as hikers' entry points into Albion Basin were concentrated around Sunnyside chairlift and designated parking stalls. Foot traffic staying on maintained trails which lowered impact on native vegetation and wildflowers.
December 6th, 2018
Sustainability Guiding Change – An Update from Alta Ski Area 2018
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
June 9th, 2018
2018 Alta Summer Stewardship & Education Events
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 18th, 2017
Alta Ski Area Named #2 Top Overall Ski Area in North America, Overall Best in Snow in North America and Overall Best in Snow Co
December 8th, 2017
Support Local Conservation Efforts Through Skiing and Birds!
November 21st, 2017
Pursuing Sustainability – An Update from Alta Ski Area 2017
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