"Snow and"

What makes Alta special? Introducing the "Snow and" series.

Alta is known for its legendary snow and incredible terrain, but there is more to this place. Much more. This video series is dedicated to those who make Alta so special.

The "Snow and" video series aims to highlight special characters that call Alta their home. Everyone has a unique story to tell and we are excited to share those stories with you. We hope that you feel inspired to share you story with us in the section at the bottom of the page. They came for the snow, and this is why they stay...

Episode #1: Zoe and Pep Fujas

In our first episode of the series, we meet pro skier Pep Fujas, and find out why Alta is special to him. Pep wound up at Alta by chance. After falling in love with the place, Pep decided he would continue to come back, and share that love with another love. His daughter, Zoe.

Episode #2: Lucy and Dave

The snow may bring Alta skiers here, but the Alta family is what keeps many of them coming back. Here is our newest, and furriest addition to the family. Check out this episode with Lucy the patrol dog and her handler, ski patroller Dave Kelly.

Episode #3: The McLoughlin Family

There is a recurring theme of “family” at Alta that is hard to ignore. In our third episode of the “Snow and” video series we meet the McLoughlin family. They have literally been calling Alta "home" for the last 17 years and have raised their family right here on the hill.

Share Your Story

We know many of you have your own special experiences with us and we would love to hear from you. From marriage proposals, to generations of Alta skiers, to lifelong friends being made, share your Alta story us.

Jill Woolley

March 19, 2017

I grew up skiing Colorado first at the age of nine. A Kansas girl, I'd make my way out west every chance I got to hit the slopes later moving there to begin my career. Fast forward to the day I met Pat. Before saying yes I said "I will only marry you if you learn to ski." So it was off to Alta we went where I tried to teach him to ski, and we joke is where we got in the biggest fight of our marriage. That is where the Alf Engen Ski School saved our marriage and where Pat inherited his new nickname "Ski School Pat." We first visited in 2000, fell in love with the epic snow and the wonderful people of Alta. We have visited here every year since that first day. We now have two kids that learned as soon as we could get them on skis in the Alf Engen ski school. Shelly Wedge started our youngest on skis, and we feel is now part of the family. We visit here every year and bring as many of our Kansas City friends as we can. This photo is from our latest trip where we took off our skis to hike in to Catherine's with Shelly for the first time. That day we skied six hours HARD and had our best day yet. We look around the resort many times at the inspiring seniors that make Alta their home and think "yes, that will be us some day."

Hannah Whitney

March 15, 2017

Alta magic sums it up pretty well. It's hard to believe that I moved to Utah nearly ten years ago, and Alta was the first place I knew I belonged. I experienced skiing here for the first time during the incredible 2007-'08 season (Ahem, over 700 inches!!! http://www.alta.com/conditions/weather-observations/snowfall-history). So naturally my first ever job at a ski area was working at Watson's Shelter. This first season I learned the true definition of 'country club' and I was hooked. While snowfall has ebbed and flowed, my experiences have just gotten better and better. I have met some of my closest friends at Alta, and felt like I've been able to make a difference in my community through working with the amazing nonprofit SheJumps (shejumps.org) and the Alta Environmental Center. For almost 10 years there hasn't been much of a question about where you can find me on a weekend in the winter. Through ups and downs and everything in between, it's been my place and I'm so thankful for that. Snow + Community = LOVE! Cheers...

PJ O'Shea

March 15, 2017

I first experienced Alta 12 years ago on a guys trip for a friends 40th. Have made it 11 of the 12 years since. Subsequently took both both of my daughters for father daughter trips for their 12th birthday and got to meet a great instructor/guide Arthur Haskell. My whole family and many friends have now skied with him. This year was our first year with season passes!!!

Mitchell Brower

March 8, 2017

I love that I can come up on any given day and find friends to ski with on the iconic Wildcat Chair. It is always open on powder days when others are not. I can count on deep snow, no crowds, and great friends at Alta!

Tyler Peterson

March 5, 2017

Alta is home. I grew up near the mouth of the canyon and at 3 years old It was the first place I found skis on my feet. (Thanks to my parents of course) Because skiing is such a big part of my life I think I will always have a special bond with Alta. It's been such a constant no matter what is happening in my world, or the world at large. It's a special place for a lot of people, for a lot of reasons. . For me... it's home.

Kevin Brower

March 5, 2017

Having grown up on the Snowbird ski team I never made it up to Alta very often but for the last decade it has become my home mountain. This year I was very excited to teach our 3 year old boy (Beck) how to ski. After practicing in the back yard a few times he was ready for the next level. We told him we were going to go ski in the mountains, but on a little mountain that he could learn on. During the drive up LCC he was looking out the window in silence and I could tell he was getting pretty nervous... Looking at the steep rocky canyon walls he said "I don't see any Beck mountains" After watching my ski videos and constantly hearing about skiing his little mind thought we were going to ski some pretty big mountains! As we pulled up to Alta he was delighted to see other people skiing on the smaller mountains. We had a great day on the rope tow and Beck caught the vision. Now he refers to Alta as the Beck sized mountains.

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