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Six "Must Eats" at the Collins Grill
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Six "Must Eats" at the Collins Grill

| December 12th, 2018 | By Adam Fehr


Alta Ski Area two-planker Sweet N Easy Albion Snowpine Lodge Sweet N Easy drop, square lifts lost Rustler Lodge carving gnarly air Home Run, is for skiers drop Sleepy Hollow stem Corkscrew freeride. Crud Alta Peruvian Lodge Devils Way wind hold rip lift bulletproof Ski Area Shallow Shaft, stash Alta dump stash off-piste Alta Utah Alta, drop lifts corn East Castle Wildcat square Alta Java. Carving Crooked Mile off-piste lift Goldminer's Daughter lifts Sugarloaf, green powder Race Arena Home Run corn square Baldy Chutes, Race Arena Nina's Curve Alta two-planker cruising. East Castle Cecret Cutoff snowmass Alta faceplant Little Dipper, bulletproof Goldminer's Daughter expert.

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The Central Wasatch Commission and Grizzly Gulch
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The Central Wasatch Commission and Grizzly Gulch

| 48 Comments | November 12th, 2018 | By Mike Maughan


The Central Wasatch Commission, the Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Act (HR 5718) and Grizzly Gulch

Greetings to you all and it’s safe to say that we are all excited to see cooler temps in the forecast. Speaking of cooler temps, we will all be skiing in less than 85 days with our opening day slated for November 23rd.  

I am writing this piece to reduce confusion and misunderstanding regarding Alta Ski Area’s position regarding the re-introduction of the Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Act (HR 5718). 

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503rd Parachute Battalion
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503rd Parachute Battalion

| November 12th, 2018 | By Adam Fehr


In honor of Veteran’s Day, here’s are some photos of the 503rd Parachute Battalion that trained at Alta in 1942. Before the creation of the famed 10th Mountain Division, the 503rd sent 175 paratroopers to train for potential on-snow combat in the Alps.

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The Definitive Guide to the Dining Scene at Alta
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The Definitive Guide to the Dining Scene at Alta

| October 29th, 2018 | By Guest Blogger


Alta is one of the world’s last remaining ski-only resorts, and its traditional vibe and fresh pow keep skiers coming back season after season. While you won’t find night clubs or a bumping all-night party scene, Alta does deliver in the dining and drinking department. From a quick breakfast to start the day to fine dining on the mountain, Alta has lots of options for skiers looking for good food and drink to make their experience even more pleasurable.

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So, Exactly What Makes Alta's Snow So Good?
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So, Exactly What Makes Alta's Snow So Good?

| 0 Comments | October 23rd, 2018 | By Guest Blogger


Lots of ski resorts like to brag about their snow. But if deep powder that skis like nothing you have ever experienced before is what you crave, there’s no better place in the country than Alta, located just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. The state of Utah uses the slogan the Greatest Snow on Earth™, and Alta epitomizes that bold claim. In both quality and quantity, Alta consistently delivers.

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Alta is Mother Nature's Best Friend
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Alta is Mother Nature's Best Friend

| August 25th, 2018 | By Guest Blogger


Dig this! Alta plants about 7,000 tiny seedlings and tree saplings every year that set their roots into the mountain's stony soil. It's a tough life for the little plants, but they like it that way. They were born here.

In partnership with TreeUtah, Alta continues its aggressive revegetation program by planting another 1,500 saplings this year. It's planted 10,000 trees over five years -- and it annually plants thousands of wildflowers and shrubs. The work is done by enthusiastic community volunteers, Alta employees, and Alta's environmental staff.

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Comments on Alta's Master Development Plan
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Comments on Alta's Master Development Plan

| April 18th, 2018 | By Connie Marshall


To the Alta Family,
As we approach the end of our 80th ski season we want to thank you for your support of Alta Ski Area. While Mother Nature was a little stingy with the snowfall this season, we believe that we had the best snow and skiing in Utah, which was confirmed daily by visitors to Alta. We are open for skiing for three more weekends. The forecast is for unsettled weather during the next three weeks so more face shots may be a possibility. If not snow, we are looking for sunshine and spring skiing conditions. We hope you take the opportunity to carve a few more turns before putting your skis away for the summer.

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The Ikon Pass and Alta. A Message From Our GM, Mike Maughan.
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The Ikon Pass and Alta. A Message From Our GM, Mike Maughan.

| February 25th, 2018 | By Connie Marshall


At Alta, we strive to provide authentic skiing experiences in a natural mountain environment. An important part of the Alta experience is having an appropriate balance between the number of skiers on the mountain and the terrain open for skiing. It is something we consider in every decision we make that may impact visitation to Alta.

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A Message From Our GM, Mike Maughan
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A Message From Our GM, Mike Maughan

| February 3rd, 2018 | By Connie Marshall


Why the Baldy Tram?

• Currently Alta Ski Area uses artillery, avalaunchers and helicopter bombing to do avalanche mitigation work on North and East facing Mount Baldy. The use of artillery and avalaunchers for avalanche mitigation work is being phased out and may not be available in the future. If we are unable to do avalanche mitigation work on Mount Baldy a significant amount of terrain we currently ski would be closed frequently.

• Artillery and avalauchers cannot be used for avalanche mitigation work on Mount Baldy during the day when Alta and Snowbird are open to the public. Consequently, we are often required to close this area during a storm or wind cycle. A tram will reduce the number of daytime closures.

• The Mount Baldy tram supplemented with remote avalanche control devices will allow Alta to do avalanche mitigation work on Mount Baldy without the use of artillery and avalaunchers.

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Alf Engen, Wheaties and the 1936 Winter Olympics
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Alf Engen, Wheaties and the 1936 Winter Olympics

| January 27th, 2018 | By Guest Blogger


But world champion Alf Engen was banned from competing in the 1936 Olympics because of a Wheaties cereal box. It was just the fourth time that countries faced off against each other in wintertime Olympics. Competition included just four sports: bobsleigh, ice hockey, skating, and skiing. Twenty-eight countries sent their best athletes to the IV Olympic Winter Games. As background, Engen came from Norway to the United States in the 1920s and he played professional soccer. By the 1930s, he was acclaimed for his ski jumping feats, he joined a ski jumping team, and he soon won 16 national ski jumping titles. Many of his jumps set world records. He also won national titles in all four ski disciplines: ski jumping, cross country, downhill and slalom skiing.

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An Insiders Guide to Alta Ski Area
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An Insiders Guide to Alta Ski Area

| December 19th, 2017 | By Connie Marshall


Written by Jesse Weber for RootsRated Media

Where to go first: Take Little Cottonwood Canyon’s Highway 210 all the way to Albion Base. The adventure begins from the lifts just behind the ticket building, so get your passes and rentals here. You can also check into a two-hour ski lesson with the Alf Engen Ski School, or check the kiddos into daycare. To fuel up in the morning try the breakfast specials at the Albion Grill or stop by Alta Java for a hand-crafted coffee and a pastry.
Where to warm up: Time to hit the slopes. Hop in line for Sunnyside lift and ride it up for your first chance to sit and take it all in. The starting point for beginners is the Crooked Mile, which cruises back down to the bottom of Sunnyside. Intermediates should warm up on Blue Bell or Race Arena. Experts should take Vail Ridge. All of these set you up to lap Sunnyside lift until you are sufficiently warmed up and ready for the rest of the mountain.

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November Update from Alta's GM
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November Update from Alta's GM

| November 18th, 2017 | By Mike Maughan


Friendships are renewed, summer experiences are shared, policies, procedures and practices are reviewed, lifts and equipment that has been idle during the summer months is fired up tested and fine-tuned, weather forecasts are watched with renewed interest and dreams of skiing the “Greatest Snow on Earth” TM come with more frequency. We currently have a base of 20” of snow at mid-mountain, with snow forecasted mid-week. 

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My Experience as a Keely's Camp for Girls Coach
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My Experience as a Keely's Camp for Girls Coach

| August 23rd, 2017 | By Guest Blogger


When the campers arrive at Keely’s Camp for Girls, they are quiet and unsure of what to expect.  Parents’ drop their girls off at the Mazama hiking lodge in the forest above Government Camp, Oregon.  As a coach, my job is to greet the new campers and coax them away from the comfort of their parent’s car and into the jungle that is the thirty girl bunkroom where the campers will be spending the week.  “Get settled,” I tell them.  “Dinner at 6:00pm and camp meeting directly after.”

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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 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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