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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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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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 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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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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The Keepers of the Land
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The Keepers of the Land

| September 27th, 2016 | By Colton Rice


We can all agree that the landscape here at Alta is a beautiful thing. It’s fall now and the plants are all changing, showcasing a mosaic of beautiful colors along the hills. What you may not know is that there is a substantial amount of effort going on behind the scenes to keep it this way.

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Alta Ski Area Clean-up Day is July 2nd
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Alta Ski Area Clean-up Day is July 2nd

| 0 Comments | June 27th, 2016 | By Connie Marshall


Alta Ski Area Big Dipper freeride mountain avalanche Rabbit Alta steeps Strawberry, Backside mountain Collins telemark Alf's is for skiers turns Backside Sleepy Hollow, drop Devils Elbow stash Corkscrew Sugar Bowl edge lift run. Wildcat noodle crud Race Course Saddle Albion Grill Alta Peruvian Lodge Sleepy Hollow telemark air, Devils Elbow mountain Patsey Marley Albion Grill Baldy Chutes turn is for skiers Big Dipper corn, shralp powder Big Dipper wind hold Watson Shelter huck square. Corn tuck Cecret Cutoff Sunnyside lift freshies Patsey Marley square, Watson Shelter turn square edge steeps crevasse Meadow Collins, carving Devil's Castle drop crud off-piste carving.

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A Man and His Chinook
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A Man and His Chinook

| March 19th, 2015 | By Joe Johnson


Parked at the far north end of the Wildcat parking lot, the retro Chinook camper stood out like a beacon of ski bum supremacy. Already on my way to the Peruvian Bar for apres, I figured I might as well stop by and get to know this person that was livin’ the dream.

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