Readers agree, “it’s the greatest snow on earth.” Ranking No. 1 for Snow, with an average of 547 inches of snowfall a year, Alta lures skiers for the powder. It’s not for the grooming (No. 26), the dining (No. 31) or the nightlife (No. 29), which are all almost “nonexistent.” But with a 45-minute drive from the Salt Lake City airport (Travel Ease, No. 10), this Ikon Pass mountain promises to hold some of the best snow.
Still independently owned, with salty locals and without snowboarders, Alta has its own local flavor (No. 19). And in a time of disappearing authenticity, Alta maintains its “rich history” and “timeless vibe.” Take in the beautiful scenery (No. 7) on Alta’s fixed-grip Wildcat chair. Explore the chutes and secret powder stashes off of the new Supreme chair, and push your skiing on the challenging terrain (No. 12) off the High Traverse. “Alta is the mecca. All other resorts are number two.” — Mali Noyes
Alta's 2020 SKI Magazine Reader Resort Survey Rank: 25th in the West
- LOCAL TIP: Coffee? Stop at Alta Java for a Susie’s Special.
- MANDATORY RUN: Shred a T-to-B run on north-facing High Boy (Alf’s High Rustler on the map). It always holds the best snow.
SKI Magazine's 2019 Review of Alta, Utah
Alta, Little Cottonwood Canyon’s skier-only gem, claims one of the most loyal followings in all of skidom, who never fail to give this mountain high praise for its tough terrain, plentiful powder, easy access, and great value. New snowmaking machines will ideally get the slopes open around Thanksgiving, and the resort plans to keep the lifts spinning into May again if the snow gods provide. Don’t miss the high-speed Supreme chair, which services some of the best terrain in the West.
What's New for 2019
Alta’s Snowpine Lodge reopens after a massive facelift. Look for a new restaurant, outdoor pool and patio area, spa, indoor grotto, and redesigned rooms. Plus, the new Snowpine triple replaces the Grizzly tow.
Come to Alta for the...
- On-Hill Eats We’ll spare you the details about how amazing the fare is at Collins Grill and leave it at this: the Heart of Darkness Cupcake. Trust us, it’s worth every calorie.
- Mandatory Run Ski the Alta-Snowbird Connect via Keyhole or Mineral Basin and take in the giant scale of Little Cottonwood Canyon's high peaks.
- Pick-Me-Up Ski to Alta Java at the Albion base for a Susie’s Special (dirty chai, extra espresso, extra love, and semi-secret ingredients) before taking another Highboy lap.
- Signature Experiences Alta's iconic Highboy run (officially called Alf's High Rustler) is T2B—top-to-bar, that is—meaning you can ski the advanced, ungroomed run all the way to the deck at Goldminer's Daughter.