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If You Can See It, You Can Ski It
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If You Can See It, You Can Ski It

| 1 Comment | April 15th, 2019 | By Guest Blogger


One of only three remaining resorts in the United States that prohibit snowboards, Alta is for skiers. And Alta’s ski-anything mantra is best exemplified not by what it does, but by what it doesn’t do. The resort preserves individuals’ ski experiences by consciously deciding not to put a lift in every last nook and cranny. The entire ski area has just six lifts, which means you might have to work a little to find your favorite spot.

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Megan McJames Shares Her Love of Skiing
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Megan McJames Shares Her Love of Skiing

| 4 Comments | March 11th, 2019 | By Guest Blogger


At 2 years old I learned to ski at Alta Ski Area in Utah. My parents were ski instructors, so I spent a lot of time on the mountain. Skiing was a way of life for our family and I learned to love the sport at a very young age. I hope my story helps inspire the next generation of skiers to also find confidence in the mountains and in the world!

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8 Ski School Tips From a Pro
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8 Ski School Tips From a Pro

| 11 Comments | February 27th, 2019 | By Guest Blogger


Skiing is taken seriously at Alta Ski Area. Located in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, Alta is one of the oldest ski resorts in North America, world-renown for the diversity of challenging terrain and the quality and quantity of deep powder---averaging 545" of snow annually. Alta is also home to the honored Alf Engen Ski School.

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Posted in: #SkiSchool


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


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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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


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


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