Alta Ski Area

Alta Ski AreaPark City, Utah

  • Published Friday, November 16, 2012
  • Updated on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Alta Ski Area:

Located in the Wasatch Mountains South East of Salt Lake City, Alta is one of the oldest resorts in the country and opened to skiers for the first time on January 15, 1939,[2] offering a single ride on the chair for 25 cents. Throughout the years, Alta’s philosophy has been to offer a quality skiing experience for a fair price. The focus is on skiing, earning Alta accolades as a “purist’s mountain.” It is one of the three remaining areas in the United States to be a skier’s-only mountain and snowboarding is not allowed. The resort currently has two detachable quad chairs, one detachable triple chair, one triple chair [fixed grip], >3 double chairs, and five surface tows. The terrain is classified as 25% Beginner, 40% Intermediate and 35% Advanced. Alta, along with Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, proudly celebrates 10 years of offering America’s first lift-served interconnect.

Dates of Season:

Anticipated opening day Nov. 16th

*weather dependent

Trails & Terrain:
• Terrain: 2200 acres
• 116 Runs, 11 Lifts including 2 High Speed Quads
• Terrain Difficulty: 25% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 35% Advanced/Expert
• Longest Run: 3.2 miles
• Terrain Parks: 0

Snowfall & Temperatures:
• Average Snowfall: 560 inches annually
• Average High Temperature: 32 degrees
• Average Low Temperature: 17 degrees

• Summit Elevation: 10550ft/3216 meters
• Base Elevation: 8530ft/2600 meters
• Vertical Drop: 2020ft/616 meters


Planes: Only 33.2 Miles from Salt Lake International Airport and an average commute of 45-50 minutes to the lifts.

Trains: None
Buses: Utah Transit Authority (UTA) operates a ski bus route between Alta and Snowbird as
well as from many locations throughout the Salt Lake Valley. The UTA ski busses conveniently
transports skiers and gear.