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Message From Alta's GM, Mike Maughan
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Message From Alta's GM, Mike Maughan

| July 11th, 2017 | By Guest Blogger


For those who don't know, I became Alta's fourth GM and President in early June. I began at Alta in 1990 and was tasked with moving accounting in-house and creating Alta's IT department. Eventually I became the CFO and have been part of the management team of the ski area for many years.  The past 27 years have deepened my understanding and love of Alta, its culture and the people who live, work and visit this special place.  

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On The Lift With Onno Wieringa
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On The Lift With Onno Wieringa

| April 18th, 2017 | By Colton Rice


This week our very special guest is Onno Wieringa. Onno has been working at Alta for the past 45 years, getting his start on ski patrol and holding the position of general manager for the last 30 years. An environmental steward, avalanche forecaster, powder skier, and industry legend.

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On The Lift With Claire Smallwood
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On The Lift With Claire Smallwood

| April 9th, 2017 | By Colton Rice


While the snow and terrain steal the show, the people and personalities that call Alta home are just as memorable. On The Lift With aims to introduce you to those people and what makes them tick.

In this episode we sit down with special guest Claire Smallwood, former competitive skier, current chef extraordinaire, and founder of the SheJumps organization which aims to get women and girls involved in winter sports.

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On The Lift With Joe Johnson
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On The Lift With Joe Johnson

| March 17th, 2017 | By Colton Rice


While the snow and terrain steal the show, the people and personalities that call Alta home are just as memorable. On The Lift With aims to introduce you to those people and what makes them tick.

This week, we flipped the script and took a seat with former Alta digital marketing guy Joe Johnson (seen in just about every other episode) and see what he's been up to.

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Gordy Alcott
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Gordy Alcott

| March 4th, 2017 | By Onno Wieringa


Late last month one of our long time Alta characters, Gordy Alcott, passed away. Gordy was a part-time patroller when I started on the patrol in 1972 and, as the included late 30’s picture shows, was one of the four original Alta Ski Patrollers.

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Alta Vacation Bucket List
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Alta Vacation Bucket List

| February 16th, 2017 | By Taylor Strand


Whether you are local, frequent visitor, or this is your first trip to the magical town of Alta, you may find yourself overwhelmed by all the wonderful options around you. There are so many beautiful sights to see, secret places to grub down, historical establishments to hang at and even locals you might want to meet. I wanted to take some time to line out a few of these options in a quick Alta checklist. Keep in mind these are just suggestions, but come highly recommended by a collaborative group of the Alta community and myself.



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From our GM Onno, January 24th 2017
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From our GM Onno, January 24th 2017

| January 24th, 2017 | By Onno Wieringa


The other process that is moving along is that of choosing the position structures and folks to replace my position. Our Board has picked long-time Alta employee Mike Maughan to be our next General Manager (GM). We are now working with Mike to help him select a well-rounded, capable Operations Manager (OM) to help him. I will work with Mike and whoever is named OM through May.

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Steep Ski Blog by Pep Fujas
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Steep Ski Blog by Pep Fujas

| January 10th, 2017 | By Colton Rice


What many may criticize about Alta are what I believe make it a great ski area. The hikes, traverses, stashes and side-steps are all things that have kept me coming back for almost a decade and a half. On February 13th-16th I’m excited to team up with Kim Reichhelm’s Steep Skiing Camp at Alta and hit up all my favorite spots. To get you warmed up, I put together a brief overview of the variety of skiing that Alta provides and some unique skills it has afforded me.

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The Hour of Power
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The Hour of Power

| December 26th, 2016 | By Taylor Strand


Whether it’s that job, class, family, or some other responsibility I have found the importance of sneaking away for a little self-reflection time. For me, it happens during what some of the locals refer to as “The Hour of Power.”

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November Update From the GM
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November Update From the GM

| November 15th, 2016 | By Colton Rice


Now that we are into November we have a new President Elect and the climate continues to be variable.  Our slopes are slowly accumulating a little snow on the high north facing slopes of Mt. Baldy, Devil’s Castle and Gunsight – and now we patiently wait on Mother Nature to bless us with winter weather and snowfall.

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