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Alta Vacation Homes
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Alta Vacation Homes

| December 17th, 2018 | By Guest Blogger


This gem of a ski area nestled within Utah’s Wasatch Mountains (about 45 minutes outside of Salt Lake City) has 12 vacation properties that range from cozy two-bedroom cabins to massive mountain chalets that can fit up to 20 people. Although the Alta Ski Area also features condominium rentals in addition to the five ski-in/ski-out, hotel-style lodges with breakfast and dinner dining included, these vacation homes provide more seclusion and a true alpine escape.

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Posted in: #Lodging


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

| 0 Comments | December 12th, 2018 | By Guest Blogger


Located mid-mountain on the third level of Watson Shelter, Collins Grill specializes in hearty European-style bistro fare served in an unpretentious atmosphere. Strip off your ski boots, change into cozy slippers, and take in mountain panoramas while you dine on chef-prepared cuisine paired with an extensive list of wine and spirits.

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Posted in: #Dining


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?

| 1 Comment | 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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Posted in: #AltaStories


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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Posted in: #AltaNews #PR


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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Posted in: #AltaNews #PR


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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Posted in: #Historical


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

| December 19th, 2017 | By Guest Blogger


The resort’s motto "Alta is for skiers" is a profound understatement. Blessed with a geography that invites some of the best snow quality in the west (and copious amounts of it, the average is 545 inches per season), spread over more than four square miles, and lift-served terrain of more than 2,000 vertical feet, Alta is a skier’s paradise.

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Posted in: #AltaStories


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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Posted in: #AltaNews #PR


 Conservation and Recreation: What Alta is Doing to Remain a World-Class Ski Destination
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Conservation and Recreation: What Alta is Doing to Remain a World-Class Ski Destination

| September 5th, 2017 | By Connie Marshall


Ski resorts are playgrounds for outdoor recreation, with clean air, healthy forests, wildlife, scenic views and an invigorating mountain environment. Traditionally, ski areas were not always eco-friendly, with bulldozers carving up fragile slopes, old-growth forests logged for ski runs, impacts on endangered wildlife, degraded water quality, and land damaged by infrastructure, condos, and parking lots. That negative development at the cost of the environment is changing thanks to a new awareness and eco-ethic fostered by resorts like Alta Ski Area, which recognizes that a healthy environment is essential for area sustainability and survival.

Alta Ski Area, tucked high in Little Cottonwood Canyon southeast of Salt Lake City, knows that its sustainability and future success lies in addressing the challenges posed by global warming, the changing climate, and increased use. Alta is committed to respecting its environment, working to reduce and recycle waste products, conserving energy, and preserving precious land and resources with partners in the greater Salt Lake City community. Alta Ski Area, which straddles both private and national forest-permitted land, has partnered with the town of Alta at its base and the U.S. Forest Service to maintain the mostly pristine area.

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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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Posted in: #AltaStories


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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Posted in: #AltaNews #PR


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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Posted in: #OnTheLiftWith


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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Posted in: #OnTheLiftWith


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