Alta - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Alta - American Ski Resort (2600m to 3220m)
Legendary ski resort with legendary snowfalls, just over a mile from Snowbird, long established world-class skiing reputation spearheaded by the fifty year old Alf Engen ski school.
Key Facts for Alta
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The American ski resort of Alta has direct access to 54 individual pistes, served by 13 ski lifts.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 13 Ski Lifts of Alta are able to uplift 11,248 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
Skiing in Alta
Famous for its deep powder, Alta is a favourite with powder hounds. Alf Engen who was Director of the ski school at Alta was given the recognised title Father of the Powder Skiing Technique. Powder Pro instructors at Alta teach their proven techniques - The Ready Pole, Soft Carving, Floating and Skiing in Rhythm with the snow.
The ski school at Alta started in 1938, 3 years after Alf Engen first surveyed the area to check out the viability of developing a ski resort. During his 40 years as Director of the Alf Engen Ski School he played an instrumental part in the formation of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and establishing the first teaching standards for deep powder skiing. His overall mastery of powder was without equal and he was given the recognised title Father of the Powder Skiing Technique. A number of well known skiers started their skiing careers at Alta with Alf Engen, among them Junio Bounous, Bill Lash, Max Lundberg, Jim McKonkey, Ted Johnson and Keith Lange.
Although famous for its powder, Alta has terrain for every level of skier with 25% of its slopes for beginners. The wide, gentle green slopes are located on Sunnyside and Albion well away from the more advanced skiers. Sunnyside has a mile long beginners run known as the Crooked Mile, it can make beginners feel like real skiers. Above the beginner area skiers can ride the Sugarloaf triple chair which accesses intermediate and advanced terrain.
Unloading at the top of Sugarloaf is like stepping out on top of the world with virtually 360 degrees of scenic views making this a photographer's paradise. On the front side of Alta are the Wildcat, Collins and Germania lifts. This area looks like the typical postcard view of Alta with a variety of intermediate and advanced terrain.
Snowboarding in Alta
No snowboarding at Alta but neighbouring Snowbird, only a mile down the hill, does.
Alta Aprés Ski
Generally self-contained within the lodges. In 2009 a new law came into effect changing Utah’s bar scene. In the past purchasing a temporary membership was required to get into a bar or club. Bars, pubs and clubs now have an open door policy to welcome all comers over 21 and no longer require customers to purchase a temporary membership.
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Alta in brief
Alta Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Ok for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Ok for Snowboarding.
Alta Season Dates
Opened : November 16, 2013.
Closes : April 27, 2014.
Usual opening - Mid Nov.
Usual closing - Late April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Alta.