About Alta

85 years
of Alta

Alta Ski Area was one of the first ski areas to open in the United States, the 2nd in the Western Ski Region. Ski technique has changed a little, but the passion and the smiles were there from the beginning.

The tradition continues. Thanks for joining Alta's 85th winter.



April 23rd, 2023

Skier Services Office
Wildcat Base

8AM – 4:30PM

Please call our Business Office at 801.359.1078 or email info@alta.com with any questions.

Lift & Terrain Status


Ski Lift for 4 People

9:15am – 4:30pm

9:15am – 4pm

9:15am – 3:30pm

Sunnyside | Under Construction. Coming January 2023
9:15am – 4:30pm

Ski Lift for 2 People

9:15am – 4:20pm

9:15am – 4:00pm

Mountain Stats

Our mountain is world-renowned for its steep and deep powder skiingaveraging 538'' of snow each winter. But did you know that 45% of our terrain is suitable for beginner and intermediate skiers?


% Expert
% Intermediate
% Beginner
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Avg. annual snowfall


*Largest single season record. 748" 1981-82.

Year-To-Date Snowfall

Skiable Acres

Skiable Acres
Skiable Acres 2614 Skiable Acres

10 x 30 - 3000 Acres

Trail Map

Alta Trail Map View Map


Originally a silver mining hotbed turned ghost town, the slopes of Alta Ski Area were hand-selected by the famous Norwegian skier, Alf Engen. Alf was hired by the Forest Service to determine the area's potential as a winter sports site.

The Forest Service saw the deep snow and inviting slopes as a way to create jobs while revegetating the barren Wasatch Mountains, left barren after decades of mining and environmental neglect.

Read More About Our Deep History

Alta Historical Society

The three Engen brothers, Corey, Sverre and Alf, in three types of skiing gear.

Photo: Circa 1949

Future Plans

Our mission is to provide authentic skiing experiences in a natural mountain environment. We recognize that preserving the heart and soul of Alta will be challenging as the population along the Wasatch Front continues to grow. We are optimistic that with proper planning and collaboration we can successfully manage and accommodate growth, rather than having the growth manage us.

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Our mission is to provide authentic skiing experiences in a natural mountain environment.

Mountain Policy Statements

Alta is a skier's mountain. Snowboarding is not allowed.

Alta Ski Area is for skiers and restricts the use of equipment other than skis for anyone who wants to ride the lifts and ski the mountain or play around the base areas.

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Skis on the Ground

Use this information to have the best day on the slopes.