Alta Ski Area on a sunny powder day with clouds coming up the canyon

Alta's
COVID-19 response

Information on how to best plan your trip or day of skiing to Alta during this ongoing pandemic.

working together, towards another successful season.

Alta's opening day is slated for November, 20th, 2021. With ski season fast approaching, we continue to keep a watchful eye on COVID-19 and the possible implications for this winter.

Our winter operations will continue to follow the latest COVID-19 guidelines specified by the State of Utah, Salt Lake County Health Department and the Town of Alta. Skiers should be aware that a potential risk of visiting the ski area may include exposure to COVID-19 and becoming infected. While our operational changes and COVID-19 protocols may reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we also need your help, patience and cooperation.

What Can you do to help?

    • Know before you go. We will be managing daily mountain capacity based upon weather, snowpack, available terrain and the capacity of our indoor facilities through available parking on a first-come, first-served basis during weekdays (excluding holiday periods). Parking Reservations will be required for all skiers on weekends & holidays from 8am-1pm. If you have the flexibility, we encourage you to consider skiing mid-week.
    • Stay home if you are sick.
    • Wear a face covering indoors. Face coverings will be required indoors. The only exception is when seated and actively eating or drinking.
    • Physical distancing encouraged. This includes ticket windows, retail spaces and restaurants.
    • Minimize time indoors. Physical distancing reduces the capacity of our indoor facilities. Please be conscious of others' needs to use indoor spaces and minimize the time you spend indoors, particularly in our food and beverage facilities.
    • Be patient. Be courteous. We're all in this together.

What are we doing?

  • Creating Space. Physical barriers and signage will be used to allow physical distancing.
  • Riding the Lifts:
    • Return to full capacity. In an effort to keep Alta skiers skiing, rather than waiting in lift lines, we will be loading our lifts at full capacity this winter.
    • Singles lines will also return this winter, with the intent that singles join other riders rather than riding solo on the chair.
    • Facemasks and buffs are still encouraged. While we are fortunate to enjoy a sport in the wide-open mountain air, facemasks and buffs are still encouraged in lift lines.
  • Cleaning and Sanitization. Cleaning and sanitization strategies will be enhanced in cooperation with CDC, State of Utah and SLCHD guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be readily available for skiers and employees.
  • Employee Vaccinations and Wellness Checks:
    • Vaccinations are required for Alta employees living in shared employee housing.
    • We will comply with SLCHD regulations and orders in regards to tracking positive cases, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine of ski area employees.

Food & Drink

Restaurant offerings and level of service may be impacted by staffing levels. Indoor seating will be available to paying guests only. Our base area and on-mountain facilities will return to full occupancy. Masks will be required indoors, except when seated at a table and actively eating or drinking. Please limit your time in a restaurant to no more than 30 minutes.

Menus have been simplified and food will be prepared in advance where possible. Alta has expanded grab-and-go food and beverage options at multiple locations. Baldy Brews and Cecret coffee will be open for take-out and grab-and-go only—there will be no indoor seating at either location. Slopeside Joe's at the Goldminer's Daughter Lodge and Alta Java will also offer grab-and-go options with outdoor seating.

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Alf Engen Ski School

Ski School is back in session. The Alf Engen Ski School will offer a full suite of lesson options for all ranges and abilities.

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Rentals & Retail

Alta Ski Shop will follow all state and local protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our ski shops will increase cleaning frequency, encourage physical distancing, limit indoor capacity and require face coverings in stores. We are now accepting rental reservations over the phone. Call 801.799.2293. Reservations must be made prior to 2pm the day before you arrive.

COVID-19 Ski Shop Changes >

Town of Alta

The lodges and businesses of Alta are busy at work preparing for the 2021-22 season. For more information, visit the websites of each lodge or local business.

  • Goldminers' Daughter Lodge (GMD) is currently requiring all of our employees to have proof of vaccination or submit to weekly testing and requiring all employees to wear masks while working. Guests are encouraged to be vaccinated for their safety, but are not requiring any type of proof of vaccination. All non-vaccinated guests must wear masks in public areas and encouraging vaccinated guests to wear masks in public areas.
  • Alta Lodge guests (except children under age 5) will be fully vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours before arrival.
  • Alta Rustler Lodge is requiring all guests aged 12 and over, as well as employees, to have full proof of vaccination before entering the lodge.
  • Alta Peruvian Lodge is requiring that all employees be fully vaccinated and is encouraging guests to use this information to determine the amount of risk they are willing to take on an individual basis.
  • Alta Children's Center is open daily for the 2021-22 season.
  • Shallow Shaft Restaurant will be closed for the 2021-22 season.
  • Snowpine Lodge recommends that guests & employees be fully vaccinated, but do not currently require vaccinations.