Alta - Reviews

Great Place to Ski

Kathryn
13/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    December
Been to Alta twice and both times had a wonderful experience. Not crowded, friendly and helpful staff and really nice facility.

Heaven

Jayski
09/03/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    February
When Vikings died they hope to go to Vahalla. When skiers die, they hope to go to Alta.

Top Pick for Powder Hounds

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
21/07/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
If you’re looking for firepits with s’mores, sleigh rides, ski shops selling Prada, vibrant nightlife, or a cute little village to stroll through to explore the different restaurants and shops, then Alta is not for you. You go to Alta if you love skiing and want to increase your chances of scoring a quality powder day.

Some parts of Alta are stuck in a time warp which some visitors don’t like, but I love that it oozes charm and has retained the soul of skiing. There are plenty of old timers at Alta (not that I’m a spring chicken) who are great to chat to and hear their stories of the olden days of skiing (long before the days of fluoro).

We’re often asked which is the most perfect ski resort in the world. No ski resort is perfect because if it’s got well developed infrastructure and a party scene, then it’s a highly populated ski resort with crowds to pay for the amenities and provide the nightlife, which means that freshies are hard to come by. And if it’s a deserted ski resort then it’s probably very small and got a couple of dinky old chair lifts and no amenities. So if I was to name my favourite ski resort, it would be Alta (especially when combined with Snowbird). It has amazing powder, and even though too many SLCers come to play on the weekends, there are still enough freshies on offer (especially on a weekday).

For more of our thoughts on the pros and cons, see the Alta overview page, and also see the USA ski resorts ratings to see how we rate Alta against other US resorts (pretty highly!).

Skiing paradise

Linda
29/01/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
Alta is a skier's paradise. Serious skiers that is. We're not here to shop, enjoy wild nightlife or be seen like the ritzy Park City crowd. We're serious about skiing. Enuff said!

Alta is for skiers

Miro
09/02/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
Awesome mountain, challenging terrain. Thank you for keeping the snowboarders out.

Small, but sweet!!!

Greg
22/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
I found Alta to be awesome overall. I like to ski challenging terrain and it brought plenty of that. I could ski the same runs over and over and love them every time. On top of that it didn't really stop snowing much... I could ski fresh tracks every time... Also probably because there were not many people here either.

Pros: Easy drive from Salt Lake City, it has amazing snow (so light and fluffy), they get tons of snow... Not huge dumpings, but they get consistent snowfalls all throughout the season... The snow is very, very dependable. There are not big crowds, the terrain is steep top to bottom. It was also very reasonably priced!

Cons: The accommodations kind of suck. There is very little nightlife. You can travel to Salt Lake City for the nightlife though, but still, it's a town whereby the cutoff time for the bars is 1 am (lots of Mourman's *sp - sorry). Also, if you are driving to the mountain, the roads close often to vehicles that are not equipped. The lifts were not awesome, but all you need.

Best suited for: Families and serious skiers!

Alta

Leftie
20/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    N/A
Alta is the perfect old school mountain. Great Utah powder and steeps galore. Diehard skiers. If you want to get on the mountain before anyone else you can buy an early ski lesson to assure first tracks—sounds like everybody wins on that one.

Alta is one of the best ski areas Cottonwood Canyon has to offer. Just a short drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon from Salt Lake City and you've arrived. They get tons of snow and it is a great place to take the family skiing because there is terrain for every ability. There is plenty of nice hike to terrain as well. If you just want lots of steeps with lift access, head next door to Snowbird. If you are bringing the family and have a wider range of abilities Alta is great—plus you will also find steeps and chutes.

Pros: Alta is a legend. Spiny Chutes. Great ski school for the family. Affordable options for skiing with variable lift ticket prices for access. Easy access from Salt Lake City which opens up many more options for accommodations. Utah powder.

Cons: Alta can get crowded especially during a holiday weekend.

Alta

Southern Skier
08/05/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
Alta is a place to go ski - it is not a resort. There are no buses or shops; no cute little fire pit with bear décor… just great powder.

It does have a big parking lot and can be busy on powder days. It is close to Salt Lake City which a good and bad thing. If you fly in early, you could ski the same day, and the same for the flight out.

Another great thing about Alta is that it’s close to other slopes like Snowbird, Brighton, and Solitude. Alta is one of my favorites and if it snows it will be one of yours, guaranteed.

Alta- My next season pass

Travis
14/02/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
Living in Utah for the last three years has been amazing for me. With so many excellent resorts and the greatest snow on earth, what's not to love?

Having been to EVERY place in Utah, Alta is my first choice on a pow day. With secret stashes that never seem to get tracks until 2-3 days after the snow has stopped falling, it's hard not to love Alta. I am convinced it is their "anti snowboarding" stance that allows the powder to remain fresh for so long, since they are not sliding sideways down "scary steep stuff!"

LONG LIVE ALTA!!

Alta is amazing!

April Oaks
23/11/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50
Alta is in my top four for favorite ski resorts. I also really like Sundance, the Canyons, and Deer Valley.

Alta has so many great trails and the scenery is absolutely spectacular! It is an amazing place for a visitor to Utah to ski because of the beauty surrounding this ski resort. Of the four ski resorts I've mentioned I think Alta is by far the most scenic!

Alta is also great because it has such great ski runs. I really enjoy skiing Alta as an intermediate skier.

My very favorite part about Alta is the "Free Ski After Three" offer they have. It has been great to take my kids skiing for an hour and a half for free whenever I want to. Without the ski free offer I may have never taught my kids to ski. Thanks for the great times Alta!!!
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