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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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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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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 551 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. It’s the place where Utah locals go, and the inviting atmosphere is in stark contrast to other resorts. If you are interested most in quality skiing, Alta is the place to be. If you’ve never experienced the joy of skiing at Alta yourself, here’s a quick guide to how to get the most out of two days at the resort.

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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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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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Steep Ski Blog by Pep Fujas
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Steep Ski Blog by Pep Fujas

| January 10th, 2017 | By Colton Rice


What many may criticize about Alta are what I believe make it a great ski area. The hikes, traverses, stashes and side-steps are all things that have kept me coming back for almost a decade and a half. On February 13th-16th I’m excited to team up with Kim Reichhelm’s Steep Skiing Camp at Alta and hit up all my favorite spots. To get you warmed up, I put together a brief overview of the variety of skiing that Alta provides and some unique skills it has afforded me.

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The Hour of Power
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The Hour of Power

| December 26th, 2016 | By Taylor Strand


Whether it’s that job, class, family, or some other responsibility I have found the importance of sneaking away for a little self-reflection time. For me, it happens during what some of the locals refer to as “The Hour of Power.”

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Powder Days Are Here Again
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Powder Days Are Here Again

| 1 Comment | December 29th, 2015 | By Drew Petersen


My first turn provided; a wave of snow enveloped my body and rushed over my face. I transitioned to my next turn, seemingly with no effort. I felt weightless as I dove back into the deep. Involuntarily, I let out a yell, allowing myself to become fully present in the euphoric experience. Over my shoulders, I heard hoots and hollers from my fellow skiers, who were just as happy as me. The rhythm continued for the entire run. Turn, face shot. Turn, face shot. Yell. Turn, face shot. Giggle. Turn, face shot.

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The Lift Ticket That Changed Everything
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The Lift Ticket That Changed Everything

| June 23rd, 2015 | By Adam Fehr


I recently came across the saved ticket while packing and moving in Salt Lake. Storm total 30 inches – interlodged, it read. I’ve experienced deeper cycles since, but this one was special. “Snowbird shut down the tram,” said one guy on the chair. The whipping wind and steady snow was too much to handle, and yet Alta was relatively quiet. Couch surfing at photographer Re Wikstrom’s house, who had recently learned the ins and outs of Alta’s stashes, our posse zipped across the High-T.

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Goodbye Alta, Hello Powder Magazine
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Goodbye Alta, Hello Powder Magazine

| June 2nd, 2015 | By Adam Fehr


I have moved away from the Wasatch for now, to Southern California, but just for the summer. It seems wild, but I moved here to continue chasing my love and passion for the sport of skiing. I will be working as the Editorial Intern at Powder Magazine. I may be 750 miles away from Alta, but these are just the people and just the environment that understands why I didn’t hesitate when I chose to ski Main Chute this past weekend.

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Gelande Memories
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Gelande Memories

| May 7th, 2015 | By Joe Johnson


The t-shirt is old. In fact, it's old, faded and torn. But the memories are as fresh as the freshest freshies. Thirty years ago, I got to see some of the best gelande skl jumpers ever go off of a jump that has seen some of the greatest skiers in history go off of it, including an old friend of Alta named Alf Engen.

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