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

| 0 Comments | August 30th, 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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Alta is Mother Nature's Best Friend
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Alta is Mother Nature's Best Friend

| August 25th, 2018 | By Guest Blogger


Guest Blogger & Photos: Harriet Wallis 

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.

But let's start at the beginning. Every fall, Alta employees hike up the mountain and gather seed from the indigenous plants that thrive in the rugged mountain conditions.

Then the seeds grow in little tubes until they're transplanted back onto the mountain. Nursery-grown plants, even of the same species, would wimp out in the high mountain conditions. 

When the ski slopes are disturbed by erosion, wear, or construction, Alta replants the area the way it used to be.

For example, after Alta expanded its popular Corkscrew Trail, the work area was replanted with the same species that had been growing there.

The rule of thumb: Revegetation takes about 1,000 plants per acre, said Maura Olivos, Alta's sustainability coordinator and ecologist who directs the ongoing seed-to-revegetation program that spans from year to year.

If plants could talk, her job would be easier. Some like to grow below 9,500 feet, others like it higher. Some like the south slope, but others prefer to face east, or west, or north. Olivos makes those observations so the right plants get into the right places.

It's crucial because Alta is in a national forest that's also a protected watershed. It's ecologically sensitive. Mom Nature is thankful for Alta's stewardship and all the help she gets revegetating the mountain.

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

| October 23rd, 2017 | By Connie Marshall


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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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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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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