The entrance to the Alta Lodge is down three dark and icy flights of stairs that resemble a mineshaft. The décor is knotty pine and cinder blocks. Some would call it antiquated and out of date, others call it their winter home for generations. The Alta Lodge has a decidedly East Cost, upscale vibe along the lines of a lodge in the Berkshires or Adirondacks with no-frills, old money, overtones. The clientele is high-class, but they’re not there for the luxury. Guests at the Alta Lodge return year after year for the focus on the skiing and the community.
The Alta Lodge sits directly across from Alta’s marquee run, Alf’s High Rustler, and it’s within this context that the lodge operates. It’s about the skiing. It is one of the few lodges at Alta where you can put your skis on at the door and ski down to first chair with it’s own rope tow to bring you back home. The food is great and it’s got one of the best bars, The Sitzmark, in the canyon. Double rooms start at $258-$573 per person per night, breakfast and dinner included.