Alta Ski Area

Alta Ski Area   |  Scott Markewitz
  • Weather: Chance Light Snow, 21F

Nestled near the top of one of Utah's best canyons, Alta is a storied paradise for skiers. Even riders leave their boards at home for a chance at the 2,600+ acres of Alta's renowned slopes featuring 118 runs. What's more, this skier's paradise — full of "Alta-holics" — is less than 45 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport.

Plan Your Ski Trip

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Alta Trail Map

118 Runs

2,538 Feet of Vert

2,614 Skiable Acres

45 Minutes From Salt Lake City

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Passes and Tickets

There are several ways to enjoy Alta’s famous slopes, from single-day lift tickets to season passes. All passes can be purchased online. Day and multi-day lift tickets can be printed off at one of Alta’s ticket pick-up boxes. As for season goers, Alta rolls out a number of options — Ikon Pass, Mountain Collective, Alta-Bird Pass, and passes for mid-week, children, military and seniors — available for purchase before the season begins in November.

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Lessons and Ski School

Drop the kids at ski school and treat yourself to an adult ski day. Or take a lesson so you can keep up with your kids (Read: Learn to Ski & Ride Better). Either way, Alta’s Alf Engen Ski School presents group, private and multi-week instruction for kids and adults, from beginners to experts. Specialty offerings include guided tours, early-morning skiing with a pro and private telemarking lessons.

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Resort Information

Who is Alta for?

Alta is for skiers. This unofficial tagline not only states the obvious — snowboarders are not allowed — it announces the philosophical simplicity of the resort's vibe. Alta’s updated infrastructure exudes a rustic, old-timey charm, which appeases its fan base of no-nonsense, life-is-good skiers of all skill levels. In total, 25 percent of Alta is beginner terrain and 35 percent expert, with a sweet spot of 40 percent for intermediate skiing. Simply put, the one luxury Alta flaunts best is its world-class skiing

Are snowboards allowed?

No, Alta is a ski-only resort. Head to next-door neighbor Snowbird to snowboard. 

Backcountry Skiing

Although Alta does not offer backcountry skiing within its boundaries, backcountry enthusiasts can access The Grizzly Gulch trailhead just beyond Alta’s Albion parking lot. Backcountry ski outfitters lead tours of the slopes outside of ski resort boundaries, but take note: backcountry skiing can be dangerous, so take precautions before you go. (Read: Hiring a Backcountry Ski Guide)

Parking and Transportation

Parking reservations are required in all Alta parking lots Friday-Sunday and on holidays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. View an Alta parking map here. The parking reservation fee is included for Alta and Alta-Bird pass holders and lift ticket holders. All other skiers, such as Ikon pass holders, will be charged $25 to make their parking reservation on the Alta parking portal. Lots fill often and fill fast, so be sure to make those parking reservations early. To alleviate Little Cottonwood Canyon traffic, Alta parking authorities encourage carpooling (once you’ve made a reservation), riding the UTA Ski Bus (free for season pass holders) or utilizing local shuttle services like the Cottonwood Connect. See more Utah ski vacation tips.

Alta & Snowbird Connect

Want to double your terrain? Alta and Snowbird offer the Alta-Bird Pass, which includes unlimited access at both resorts. Ikon Pass and Ikon Base Plus pass holders get access to both resorts as well. From Alta, it's easy to get to Snowbird by traversing the Sugarloaf Pass or Keyhole.

Night Skiing

Alta does not offer night skiing.

Ski Rentals at Alta

Want to skip the hassle of hauling your skis through the airport? Skiers visiting Salt Lake City can rent skis and other gear on the mountain. Three Alta Ski Shops are located within the ski area, offering gear rentals, demos and equipment sales. Each shop offers a variety of rental packages to suit your budget and needs. You can also test out (demo) a pair of skis before purchasing them to ensure they fit your style. Best of all, you can swap out your rental skis as the conditions change throughout the day at Alta’s mid-mountain rental shop.

Restaurants and Places to Relax

Alf’s Restaurant: Invite the whole gang to meet up at Alf’s Restaurant for a mid-day, mid-mountain interlude. Centered in Albion Basin, this family-friendly eatery serves up all the traditional ski eats — burgers, chili, brats and local microbrews. Choose a spot on the sunny deck or inside the lodge alongside a mini-museum of historical Alta photographs and vintage skis. 

Watson Shelter: Intermediate and expert skiers take delight in Watson Shelter, a mid-mountain refuge located near the Collins lift angle station. Watson Cafe, on the second level, serves up organic and locally-sourced dishes while giving diners a sensational canyon view. Feeling extra special? Make a reservation for a fine-dining lunch experience at Collins Grill on the third level. 

Swen’s Restaurant: Ready for refined dining after a day of rustic retreats? Snowpine Lodge houses one of Alta’s newer bistros, Swen’s Restaurant, which offers seasonal dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients. If winter kale salad, surf and turf tartare, braised octopus, roast chicken or mountain trout whets your appetite, take a quick ride on the Snowpine lift to head to the lodge. 

Snow Report

  • Alta Ski Area

    Alta Ski Area

    New Snow: 12″

    Base Depth: 147″

    Open Runs: 93/118

    Opening: 11/25/2023

    Closing: TBD

  • Beaver Mountain

    Beaver Mountain

    New Snow: 15″

    Base Depth: 78″

    Open Runs: 48/48

    Opening: 12/16/2023

    Closing: TBD

  • Brian Head Ski Resort

    Brian Head Ski Resort

    New Snow: 7″

    Base Depth: 59″

    Open Runs: 71/71

    Opening: 11/17/2023

    Closing: TBD

  • Brighton


    New Snow: 15″

    Base Depth: 111″

    Open Runs: 61/66

    Opening: 11/25/2023

    Closing: TBD

  • Cherry Peak

    Cherry Peak

    New Snow: 16″

    Base Depth: 52″

    Open Runs: 26/38

    Opening: 12/27/2023

    Closing: TBD

  • Deer Valley Resort

    Deer Valley Resort

    New Snow: 15″

    Base Depth: 92″

    Open Runs: 103/103

    Opening: 12/02/2023

    Closing: TBD

  • Eagle Point

    Eagle Point

    New Snow: 9″

    Base Depth: 64″

    Open Runs: 40/39

    Opening: 12/15/2023

    Closing: TBD

  • Nordic Valley

    Nordic Valley

    New Snow: 14″

    Base Depth: 50″

    Open Runs: 23/42

    Opening: 01/20/2024

    Closing: TBD

  • Park City Mountain

    Park City Mountain

    New Snow: 8″

    Base Depth: 95″

    Open Runs: 336/344

    Opening: 11/17/2023

    Closing: TBD

  • Powder Mountain

    Powder Mountain

    New Snow: 20″

    Base Depth: 97″

    Open Runs: 165/154

    Opening: 12/07/2023

    Closing: TBD

  • Snowbasin Resort

    Snowbasin Resort

    New Snow: 15″

    Base Depth: 120″

    Open Runs: 100/114

    Opening: 11/30/2023

    Closing: TBD

  • Snowbird


    New Snow: 10″

    Base Depth: 113″

    Open Runs: 113/140

    Opening: 11/30/2023

    Closing: TBD

  • Solitude Mountain Resort

    Solitude Mountain Resort

    New Snow: 14″

    Base Depth: 103″

    Open Runs: 80/82

    Opening: 11/17/2023

    Closing: TBD

  • Sundance Mountain Resort

    Sundance Mountain Resort

    New Snow: 7″

    Base Depth: 82″

    Open Runs: 72/72

    Opening: 12/02/2023

    Closing: TBD

  • Woodward Park City

    Woodward Park City

    New Snow: 6″

    Base Depth: 46″

    Open Runs: 11/11

    Opening: 11/17/2023

    Closing: TBD

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