Alta Ski Area is located within the Wasatch-Cache National Forest and operates the ski area under a special use permit with the Forest Service. Alta’s special use permit allows restriction of uphill travel to protect ski area improvements, employees and skiers, our product, and for operational and safety purposes. Please respect restrictions when they are in place.
Updated 11/26/2021 @ 4:19pm
Alta Ski Area is now closed to Uphill Travel for the season.
The Summer Road is open with access to Grizzly Gulch and Catherine's Pass. There is no Uphill Travel in Collins Gulch, Albion Basin or the Supreme area.
Backcountry conditions exist. Equipment may be encountered on the slopes. Uphill travel is prohibited in the shaded area in the maps below
During the ski season when we have 24-hour-a-day operations going on with avalanche mitigation, grooming, maintenance and downhill skiers, the only uphill travel area that we approve is on the Summer Road and Grizzly Gulch, when open. Any other uphill travel presents a safety issue for our employees and skiers and interferes with our operations and the product we prepare and sell to our skiers.
The Summer Road starts at the gate where Little Cottonwood Canyon Road ends and may be used to access Grizzly Gulch and Catherine's Pass. Generally, when the Summer Road is closed, you should be able to get to the south-facing slopes above the Town of Alta.
When traveling uphill in Alta Ski Area please note the following:
- Backcountry conditions exist.
- Hazards are not marked.
- You are responsible for assessing avalanche hazard and risk.
- Please treat the ski area as backcountry terrain.
- Carry and know how to use avalanche gear.
- There is no ski patrol.
- You are responsible for your own rescue.
These areas are subject to temporary closures for the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Alta Ski Patrol avalanche mitigation and/or other operational reasons. Trailhead signs will indicate when backcountry closures are in effect. Updates are also available online via UDOT Avalanche, the Utah Avalanche Center and Alta Central.