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Spring skiers enjoy a sunny day at Alta Ski Area

Skiing at Alta

By Alta Ski Area 03-31-2024

Making the most of the final month of the season.

It's been another great winter at Alta Ski Area. As we head into the final month of the 2023–24 season, we've already received over 611 inches of snow and our mid-mountain base depth sits at 169 inches.

To cap off the great skiing we have enjoyed this winter, Alta will remain open daily through Sunday, April 21st.

Spring at Alta is a non-stop, all-you-can-eat buffet of powder days, slushy spring laps in the sun and fun-filled events and activities at the ski area and the Town of Alta.

But don't take off those snow tires just yet—April has historically averaged 77 inches of snowfall. When it's not snowing, there are plenty of groomers, soft spring bumps and corn snow to keep even the most die-hard powderhound entertained between storms.

Alta spring skiers enjoys a sluschy spring day | Photo: Rocko Menzyk | Skier: Blake Wilson

Spring is also a great time to enjoy the patios, decks and ski beaches at Alta's on-mountain restaurants. Enjoy a cold beverage and fries on a sunny day at Alf's Restaurant, Watson Cafe . Warm up with a latte or hot chocolate outside Alta Java, Baldy Brews or Cecret Coffee. If après-ski is your thing, theAlbion Grill andSlopeside Cafe patio at the Goldminer's Daughter Lodge are great places to enjoy some springtime shenanigans in the sun.

The Alf's deck on a sunny spring day at Alta Ski Area | Photo: Photo-John

The five lodges of Alta—Snowpine, Rustler, Alta Lodge, Goldminer's Daughter and Alta Peruvian—often offer spring deals on a place to rest your head after a long day on the slopes.

Alta Community Enrichment's events calendar is full of fun community-oriented events and festivities. Spring is a great time to ski all day and invest time in the community when the lifts stop spinning.

April Events at Alta

Friday, April 12th | Alta Gala and Opportunity Drawing

The Alta Gala is a collaborative fundraiser for Alta Community Enrichment, Friends of Alta & Alta Historical Society. The goal is not only to raise money but to raise awareness of these three 501c3 nonprofits in Alta, Utah. The classic Alta Gala is sold out, but tickets are still available for the pre-Gala Cocktail Party. You can also add your name to the Alta Gala waitlist.

The Alta Gala Opportunity Drawing is a great way to support local nonprofits while being entered to take home an Alta Season Pass or a day of heliskiing with Powderbird.

Saturday, April 13th | Alta Earth Day

Join Alta Environmental Center for the 15th annual community Alta Earth Day. Connect with sustainability-focused and local companies from the Salt Lake area. Get on the snow with Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, Tracy Aviary, and TreeUtah for our on-skis events and gain a fresh perspective of the ecological system at work here in Alta. Check out the basecamp/vendor village at the base of the Collins lift.

This event encourages environmental stewardship, diversity in outdoor recreation, responsible recreation, and awareness of the relationship between climate change and the future of the ski industry in Little Cottonwood Canyon and beyond.

There will be a generous opportunity drawing—win new skis, outdoor gear, a fly rod, climbing gym passes, and more! Followed by live music on the Goldminer's Daughter Patio from 3:30-5:30pm.

Sunday, April 21st | Closing Weekend

Alta is open daily through Sunday, April 21st, 2024. Whether it's sunny spring laps in the wiggle or a sleeper spring powder day, the late-season stoke is palpable, the smiles are as plentiful as the glitter and the energy is contagious.

You may wonder with all this snow, why don’t we extend our season? Most of our employees are seasonal employees and we need to honor our commitment to them so they can leave for their summer employment. And as the temps rise in the valley, many skiers embrace other sports such as mountain biking, hiking and golf. Backcountry skiers will have the opportunity to keep skiing at Alta after our crews have cleared the mountain of ropelines, bamboo and all other operational materials. We will still offer skiing, but our lifts will go on summer vacation with the rest of you.

We've made it this far. Let's not celebrate before we cross the finish line.

Top 10 Spring Skiing Reminders:

  1. Parking reservations are required for Closing Day, Sunday, April 21st from 8am–1pm.
  2. The UTA Ski Bus service ends on Saturday, April 13th. If you don't have a parking reservation on weekends, carpool with a friend or plan to ski after 1pm.
  3. Keep an eye on the UDOT Cottonwoods website for Highway 210 updates. As temperatures rise, so does the likelihood of road closures.
  4. Wasatch Benefit days are not valid on weekends, even on our Closing Weekend.
  5. We all know the Wildcat lot is a popular place on Closing Day. Once the Wildcat lot is full it will stay closed for the remainder of the day.
  6. Tailgating is permitted in Alta lots, but please be respectful of your car neighbors. Grills and hibachis are not allowed directly on the asphalt.
  7. As always, don't trash Alta. Make sure your food packaging and beverage containers end up in the trash or recycle bins.
  8. Please do not create on-mountain wiggles.
  9. Keep the costumes gate-friendly and family-friendly. Don't forget your pass in your ski pants.
  10. Have fun! And wear sunscreen...or bundle up.

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