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Bring your family. Bring your friends. Or just bring yourself, and experience a natural mountain environment with a rich history of deep powder.

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  • Trip Checklist

    Time in the mountains with your friends and family is time well spent, however, we all know that planning and packing for a ski trip is never easy. Consider this page your one-stop-shop for all your trip needs; from lodging to lift tickets and ski school to ski rentals. Ready. Set. Go.

    Parking Reservations Required

    To ensure that you have a parking space before diving up to Alta, parking reservations are required Friday–Sunday & holidays from 8am–1pm.

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    Lift Tickets

    Purchase your lift tickets in advance for the deepest savings. If you plan ahead you can save up to 15%. Please remember Alta is a skiers-only mountain. 

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    Alta boasts a collection of unique, independently owned lodges, condos and vacation homes with incredible views and ski-in/ski-out accessibility.

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    Ski Lessons

    The Alf Engen Ski School invites you to come ski with us and take your skiing to the next level. We will help you ski smoother and with more control, unlocking more of Alta for you and we'll have a bunch of fun along the way.

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    Rent, demo or buy gear at one of Alta's ski shops. Even if you brought your own, there’s no better time to try out the latest gear and retail offerings.

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    Child Care

    Need a break from the kiddos? The Alta Children's Center is a full-service childcare facility for infants and young children.

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    Activities & Events

    While you won't find a mountain-top concert from your favorite headlining act, the Alta Events Calendar is home to myriad fundraisers, community events, holiday festivities and environmental stewardship opportunities. Whether you're a long-time local or just in town for the weekend, check back often for all of the events that make Alta feel like home.

    Alta Birding Hikes

    Join the Tracy Aviary Conservation Team on a monthly bird survey at Alta. The event will include updates on this year’s findings and a guided bird walk with a Tracy Aviary expert. Alta Birding Hikes will be held on the third Thursday of the month from May to November. Registration required.

    Community Volunteer Days

    Join us for our Alta Community Volunteer Days. We'll be doing restoration work on the mountain, trail work, weed pulling and planting from 3–5pm.

    Getting Here

    Alta Ski Area is located in the heart of Utah's Wasatch Mountains at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, The drive from Salt Lake International Airport is 32 miles or approximately 45 minutes with normal flowing traffic. Find your way to Alta from the Airport, Salt Lake City, Park City and more.

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    Bus and Shuttle Info

    Transportation options to get you to and from Alta—from the UTA Ski Bus to private airport shuttles.

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    Parking reservations are required Friday–Sunday & holidays from 8am–1pm.

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    Vacation Planning FAQS

    To make your ski trip to Alta as seamless as possible, here are answers to our skiers' most frequently asked questions.

    There are a variety of lodging options, including base lodges, condos and vacation homes within walking or skiing distance of the ski area. There is also lodging at nearby Snowbird as well as in the Salt Lake Valley.

    Salt Lake International Airport (SLC) is the closest airport, conveniently located 32 miles away. Travel time from the airport to Alta is approximately 45 minutes under ideal road conditions.

    We have parking lots at the Wildcat Base and Albion Base. If you have beginner skiers in your group or need daycare or ski school services, we recommend the Albion Base parking lot. Intermediate skiers and advanced skiers are encouraged to park in the Wildcat Base parking lot. All lifts and runs can be accessed from either parking lot. Insider tip - intermediate & advanced skiers wanting to get to the Sugarloaf or Supreme lifts can use the Wildcat Base parking lot and ride Collins lift. It's quicker and more fun.

    Paid parking reservations are required at Alta Friday–Sunday & holidays. 

    The lodging facilities in Alta are not owned or operated by the Alta Ski Area.
    Alta Vacations 855-330-0095 can answer lodging questions and make reservations for various properties in Alta.

    Parking reservations are required Friday–Sunday & holidays from 8am–1pm.  

    State law requires you have snow tires on your vehicle or carry chains in your vehicle between November 1st and May 1st. At times the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) may restrict travel on the canyon road, State Highway 210, to snow tires, chains, 4 wheel drive only. Dial 511 on a cell phone to get current Utah Road Conditions information. Driving directions and parking information.