Nestled in Utah's Wasatch Mountains, east of Salt Lake City's suburbs, Alta Ski Area offers 2,200 acres of ski-friendly surfaces and vertical rises peaking at 2,020 feet. Opened in 1939, the resort receives considerably higher snowfall than both nearby and nationwide resorts. For just over a decade, Alta and nearby Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort have offered joint day passes and season tickets, though only Snowbird allows snowboarders on its slopes, since Alta is a ski-only resort. Seven chairlifts and five surface tows transport guests to their skiing starting points.
Children's Ski Lessons, ranging from ages four to twelve, and beginner to advanced, are offered by the staff. "Ski with a Ranger" sessions are just that: visitors to the resort can accompany a highly-trained Cottonwood Canyons Foundation volunteer for an educational, invigorating paired run.
Best time to visit
Though winter ski season itself is the highlight of Alta, the annual Torchlight Parade on New Year's Eve marks the end of another year with night-skiing and fireworks.
Near by POI
Utah Olympic Park was built for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and hosted the luge, ski jump, bobsled, and skeleton events. Mount Olympus, though not the tallest peak along the Wasatch Mountains, is prominent and iconic to denizens of the Salt Lake City area.