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The top terminal of the new Sunnyside lift is in place on a sunny November day at Alta Ski Area

Sunnyside Lift

By Alta Ski Area 11-11-2022

Stay tuned for updates regarding the new Sunnyside six-pack lift.

Last update: November 30th

If you haven't heard, Alta is replacing the old Sunnyside triple-chair with a new six-person detachable lift. This new lift will replace the Sunnyside triple and Albion double that have long carried skiers to the only beginner terrain at Alta Ski Area. The new six-person lift will also provide better access to Supreme and Sugarloaf quads.

Like most things in our lives these days, global supply chain issues have delayed the delivery and installation of some key elements of the new Sunnyside lift. Unfortunately, the Sunnyside lift will not be finished until mid or late December. In addition, the Albion lift will not run for the first few weeks of the season due to the construction of the nearby Sunnyside lift. For the first few weeks of the season, Alta skiers will have limited access to beginner terrain which will be confined to our rope tows and the Snowpine lift.

Upcoming sunnyside construction Closures:

  • Thursday, December 1st: Crews are installing the Sunnyside haul rope. In order to accomplish this work safely, the Backside and Homerun will be closed.
    • There is no exit through the Albion Basin—exit through East Baldy Traverse and Collins Gulch only.
    • The ability to run Sugarloaf and Supreme lifts during these days hinges upon keeping the East Baldy Traverse open.
  • Monday and Tuesday, December 5th and 6th: Crews plan to splice the cable. We expect to close Homerun and there will be no exit through the Albion Basin.

The completion of these two projects is an essential step in allowing us to run the Albion lift. We will provide an estimated opening date for the Albion lift as soon as we know. Thanks for your continued patience.

Alta's beginner terrain offerings will be severely limited for the first few weeks of our 2022–23 season because of construction on the new Sunnyside six-person chairlift.

We are very disappointed that we cannot provide more beginner terrain for our skiers at this time. If our lack of beginner terrain does not work for you, we can refund your season pass.

A BlackHawk helicopter delivers a lift tower for the new Sunnyside six-pack lift | Photo: Rocko Menzyk

Sunnyside FAQs

When will the new Sunnyside lift open?

Our goal is to open before the Holiday/Christmas season.

What about the Albion lift?

The Albion lift is still operational, but due to the ongoing Sunnyside construction, Albion will not be able to load skiers until the Sunnyside top and bottom terminals are assembled. We anticipate utilizing the Albion lift early in December.

Where will beginners ski?

To start the season, beginner skiers will have access to Alta's network of rope tows and the Snowpine lift. More beginner terrain will be available once we can operate the Albion lift. Keep in mind, the Albion lift is a sixty-year-old, two-person lift with no safety bar. Lift lines and lift ride times are going to be significantly longer than we are used to at the Albion base area.

What about Sunnyside At 3?

Sunnyside At 3—our discounted afternoon pass for beginner skiers—will not be available until the Sunnyside lift is operational. Refunds are available for Sunnyside At 3 4-Pack purchasers if this doesn’t work for you. Sunnyside At 3 daily lift tickets will not be sold until the Sunnyside lift is operational.

Will the Albion lot and base area amenities be open if Sunnyside and Albion are not running?

Yes, the Albion lot will be open. Beginner skiers should still park at the Albion parking lot to access our surface tows and the Snowpine lift.

The Alf Engen Ski School, Alta Ski Shop in the Albion Day Lodge, the Alta Children's Center, the Albion Grill and Alta Java will be open. Peak Photo will open on December 1st.

How do people get back to Albion from Collins or Sugarloaf?

The Albion base area and parking lot can be accessed from the Wildcat base area via the Transfer Tow.

The Albion base area can be accessed from the top of Collins and Sugarloaf lifts via Devil's Elbow and Homerun. This route requires intermediate-level skiing abilities.