Highway 210, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Alta, UT, United States
NileGuide Expert tip:
Alta prides itself on being a no-frills ski area -NOT a resort. Be prepared to hike a lot for some of its best runs. No snowboarders allowed at Alta.
Alta sits at the tippy top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, just up from Snowbird and east of Salt Lake City. In a sea of other world class resorts, Alta definitely manages to stand out with its own unique flavor. Its trees, chutes, powdery bowls, and a few groomed runs are all sprinkled with the western Wasatch's 500+ annual inches of snowfall.
In direct contrast to Snowbird and Utah's other ski areas, Alta distinctly maintains a non-commercial atmosphere with old-school lifts, mainly rustic buildings, and plenty of nature. For those who grew up at such ski areas, this will be a great breath of fresh air; no high-speed trams, massive condominium complexes, or anything of that sort. Just plain skiing -and lots of fitness-educing hiking to get to it.
Alta has 2200 skiable acres and 2020 vertical feet of elevation gain.