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Alta

It’s commonly understood that the only thing “little” about Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon is the name. Just 29 miles from Salt Lake International Airport, the canyon marks the entryway into some of the most dramatic mountain vistas in the continental U.S.

No-Frills Resort Atmosphere

Alta is a divine, old-school resort replete with hair-raising steeps and backcountry as well as learner-friendly, gentle runs and acres of intermediate terrain. The canyon is nestled in the stunning Wasatch-Cache National Forest, a stunning, pristine and fiercely protected stretch of forest that has ensured development and expansion of Alta be kept to an absolute minimum. In addition to Alta’s no-frills resort atmosphere, it is also a staunchly traditional skier’s mountain (no snowboards allowed). Alta has worked diligently to remain a “pure” ski resort. Avid fans of the resort often describe it as Mecca, heaven, nirvana and paradise. And one visit to this beautiful resort will make you a believer.

The stats at Alta are astounding: 2,220 acres, over 116 trails, more than 10 lifts, 2,000 plus feet of vertical, 560 inches of snow, 325 acres of snowcat accessed backcountry, and a mountain replete with untouched powder runs, nearly vertical steeps and long snakelike runs. Even the most seasoned skier will be impressed by the amount and variability of the runs and terrain. In addition to staggering stats, the resort boasts great lift ticket discounts and deals, such as the AltaSnowbird pass, which grants skiers access to both mountains. Read more about a vacation in Utah with Ski Experience.

Off the Slopes

The unpretentious resort area contains the basic amenities—numerous ski shops (repair, gear, and souvenir shops), ski lessons, guided helicopter and snowcat tours, as well as daycare, cafeterias, lockers and storage, day spas, and more. The resort offers its guests an impressive array of discounted vacation packages and deals on dining, shopping, and lodging. Dining and lodging options abound in the area. There is a wide array of lodging, from budget–friendly bunkhouses and hotels to luxury lodges, spacious condominiums and rental homes. Many visitors stay in Salt Lake City because it is so close to the resort and has a livelier nightlife. Dining choices include affordable, casual style cafeterias and buffets, and intimate, fine dining complete with an exquisite gourmet menu.

A famous ski writer once wrote, “Nobody matches Snowbird and Alta for the sheer quality of snow. For overall magnificence of snow, these two ski mountains are two of the the best in the country. The best snow in the world is a serious statement to make, but Alta lives up to it each year, luring back its fanatically devoted followers season after season.

Getting Here

Alta is located just 25 miles southeast of Salt Lake City at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, just off of SR 210. It is roughly 45 minutes from Salt Lake International Airport.

Ski Vacation Discounts and Promo Codes

Find discount prices on lodging, lift tickets, ski rentals, restaurants, and more by browsing the categories and activities.

It’s commonly understood that the only thing “little” about Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon is the name. Just 29 miles from Salt Lake International Airport, the canyon marks the entryway into some of the most dramatic mountain vistas in the continental U.S.

No-Frills Resort Atmosphere

Alta is a divine, old-school resort replete with hair-raising steeps and backcountry as well as learner-friendly, gentle runs and acres of intermediate terrain. The canyon is nestled in the stunning Wasatch-Cache National Forest, a stunning, pristine and fiercely protected stretch of forest that has ensured development and expansion of Alta be kept to an absolute minimum. In addition to Alta’s no-frills resort atmosphere, it is also a staunchly traditional skier’s mountain (no snowboards allowed). Alta has worked diligently to remain a “pure” ski resort. Avid fans of the resort often describe it as Mecca, heaven, nirvana and paradise. And one visit to this beautiful resort will make you a believer.

The stats at Alta are astounding: 2,220 acres, over 116 trails, more than 10 lifts, 2,000 plus feet of vertical, 560 inches of snow, 325 acres of snowcat accessed backcountry, and a mountain replete with untouched powder runs, nearly vertical steeps and long snakelike runs. Even the most seasoned skier will be impressed by the amount and variability of the runs and terrain. In addition to staggering stats, the resort boasts great lift ticket discounts and deals, such as the AltaSnowbird pass, which grants skiers access to both mountains. Read more about a vacation in Utah with Ski Experience.

Off the Slopes

The unpretentious resort area contains the basic amenities—numerous ski shops (repair, gear, and souvenir shops), ski lessons, guided helicopter and snowcat tours, as well as daycare, cafeterias, lockers and storage, day spas, and more. The resort offers its guests an impressive array of discounted vacation packages and deals on dining, shopping, and lodging. Dining and lodging options abound in the area. There is a wide array of lodging, from budget–friendly bunkhouses and hotels to luxury lodges, spacious condominiums and rental homes. Many visitors stay in Salt Lake City because it is so close to the resort and has a livelier nightlife. Dining choices include affordable, casual style cafeterias and buffets, and intimate, fine dining complete with an exquisite gourmet menu.

A famous ski writer once wrote, “Nobody matches Snowbird and Alta for the sheer quality of snow. For overall magnificence of snow, these two ski mountains are two of the the best in the country. The best snow in the world is a serious statement to make, but Alta lives up to it each year, luring back its fanatically devoted followers season after season.

Getting Here

Alta is located just 25 miles southeast of Salt Lake City at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, just off of SR 210. It is roughly 45 minutes from Salt Lake International Airport.

Ski Vacation Discounts and Promo Codes

Find discount prices on lodging, lift tickets, ski rentals, restaurants, and more by browsing the categories and activities.

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