Alta Earth Day

Alta Earth Day

Saturday, April 15, 2017


Alta Earth Day is a collaborative effort by
organizations and members of the Alta Community.



 The day's events will feature:

Eco-friendly Vendors

Naturalist Tours & Ski Recycle

2017 Après Earth Day & Film

And Thanks to Our Sponsors! 


2017 Eco-Friendly Vendors  

If you would like to participate as a Vendor, Volunteer, or Sponsor contact

              4FRNT      2nd Tracks Sports              


            doTERRA             TreeUtah

Utah Recycling Alliance           Patagonia  

2017 Naturalist Tours & Ski Recycle

Mini-CHaRM! Recycle Skis, Snowboards & Patagonia Clothes

Wildcat Base - 9:00 am to 10:30 am
We are happy to partner with Utah Recycling Alliance and Patagonia for a Mini-CHaRM - Collection of Hard to Recycle Materials. Dig deep and take advantage of spring to clean out your space of old skis, snowboards and Patagonia clothing. Recycling is a difficult and costly good deed, to help our non-profit friends at URA we are suggesting a $3 donation with your drop-off. 

City Nature Challenge at Alta Earth Day

See Nature. Take Photos. Do Science. Win Prizes.
Between April 14 and 18, cities across the country are competing to document their urban nature with the iNaturalist app in the City Nature Challenge 2017. The Natural History Museum of Utah is leading a team for the Wasatch Front. Join NHMU on a citizen science quest to showcase our rich biodiversity. Any iNaturalist observations you make at Alta Earth Day will count in the challenge! Click here to learn more and accept the challenge.

Birding Ski Tour

Meet at bottom of Collins lift - 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Join Tracy Aviary expert birders for a 1½ hour tour and introduction to the birds of Alta. Meet some feathered residents, summer breeders, and maybe some migrating visitors stopping in for a quick rest. The early bird catches the worm in our morning  exploration. Registration is preferred. Please email to sign up and guarantee we won't leave without you.

Snowshoe with a Naturalist

Meet at Albion Grill east entry - 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Join Cottonwood Canyons Foundation in exploring Alta's wild side. Nestled under a deep blanket of snow, experience the Wasatch through a winter lens on snowshoes with trained Naturalist guides through a variety of beginner and avalanche safe terrain.  Come celebrate Alta Earth Day the way it's meant to be, naturally! Complimentary snowshoe rentals available! For more information email or register today!

Ski with a Ranger 

Meet at the top of Sunnyside lift - 1:30 to 2:30 pm
After some morning turns come join Cottonwood Canyons Foundation's naturalists on a ski tour to go back in time and learn how Alta was created to how the wild survive Alta's extreme winters. You will learn about the trees of Alta and the rich history of the Wasatch. The tour is free, but lift ticket is needed. All area lift tickets and season passes are valid for the tour. If you are 80+, you ski FREE! 

Arborist Ski Around

Meet at the TreeUtah table at Wildcat Base
TreeUtah will have a table and tent on the snow for those interested in volunteering and gaining some tree advice or general information on Utah's trees. At your convenience TreeUtah's arborist will lead groups into the woods on skis for a tree ecology tour of the ski area. Learn how to identify the different trees you see in the Wasatch mountains and how they interact with the environment around them.

2017 Après Earth Day & Film

Our Lady of the Snows - 5:00 to 8:30 pm: Join us for free appetizers and drinks après ski. Around 5:45 pm, we will be joined by the Town of Alta Mayor Tom Pollard to toast the evening and effort. Salutations will be followed by:

Climate Change Impacts on the Wasatch Range

What does climate change mean for skiing in the Wasatch Range? What drives climate change, and how will changes in climate effect ski recreation here?

A Presentation and Art Show by Emily Nicolosi, PhD Student, Department of Geography, University of Utah. Emily will cover some basic climate science and global impacts of climate change on skiing. Climate impacts in the Wasatch Range will also be highlighted, including changes in precipitation, snowpack, temperature, and avalanche potential.

Along with the presentation, paintings by Emily Nicolosi will be displayed. Her paintings intend to capture the natural beauty of the Alta environment in a way that inspires viewers to have a love for this place and care for its conservation. A recipient of the 2016 ACE art grant, Emily will be donating a portion of all sales from the series displayed to the non¬profit Protect Our Winters, an organization seeking to raise awareness about climate change.

Last Tracks

This two-year film by Mountain Theory Films focuses on the effects that climate change has on skiing and what we as a community can do to fight it. It is time we look closer at this phenomenon that is affecting all of us. Skiers hold the power and drive to mitigate this change. The ski industry is full of passionate people who consider the sport a lifestyle. Let's put that passion to use and save the snow.

Last Tracks (Trailer) from Mountain Theory Films on Vimeo.

Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors! 

           Natural History Museum of Utah        Alta Lodge

 Porcupine Pub & Grille          Watson Shelter             Shallow Shaft           

Smith Optics        Alta Ski Shop


If you would like to participate as a Vendor, Volunteer, or Sponsor contact


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