Alta Ski Area is located in Utah's Wasatch Mountains at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Just 32 miles from Salt Lake International Airport.
The drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport to Alta is 32 miles, or approximately 45 minutes in regular traffic.
From downtown Salt Lake City or Salt Lake City Int'l Airport, head east on I-80, then south on I-215. Take the 6200 South exit (which turns into Wasatch Boulevard). Follow the signs to Alta.
Transportation Services To and From Alta Ski Area
Many private companies provide ground transportation from the airport to Alta, which is a great option if you are staying in the canyon. The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) also has scheduled public ski buses.
UTA Public Transportation
UTA Benefits for Season Pass Holders
Season passes that include the UTA Benefit receive free ridership on all UTA Ski Bus Routes. Includes Trax and other UTA bus services only when used in-transit with a Ski Bus Route. Use on TRAX or other UTA bus services without a Ski Bus Route may result in forfeiture of the UTA Benefit.
New for the 2019-20 season. All Ikon Pass holders are eligible for ridership on the UTA Ski Bus in both Cottonwood Canyons.
Free rides between Alta and Snowbird
Utah Transit Authority (UTA) operates a ski bus route between Alta and Snowbird as well as from many locations throughout the Salt Lake Valley. The buses are designed to withstand the rigors of mountain driving. Because of convenient schedule times, skiers can enjoy a full day of skiing.
Airport and Canyon Shuttle Services
Companies that offer transportation from the airport, downtown, Park City or Snowbird
|Company||to/from Airport||to/from SLC||to/from Park City||to/from Snowbird|
|Alta Shuttle 866-274-0225||√||√||√||√|
|Alta Town Shuttle: Free||Free|
|Park City Transportation800-637-3803||√|
|Public Transportation (UTA): Free Zone||Free|
Uber and Lyft provide service in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Make sure to order an UberSki or Lyft Ski Rack if transporting ski gear. Please consider 4WD/Chain restrictions when utilizing a ride-share app.
Parking and Shuttle Information
Alta has free parking at both the Wildcat and Albion base areas.
The Albion Base parking area provides great access for beginners and families. The Wildcat Base parking area is well suited for intermediate and advanced skiers.
Preferred Carpool Parking
New this season, Alta is providing prime parking spots in the Wildcat base area to vehicles arriving with three or more persons. Snag a great spot while limiting emissions and reducing canyon traffic. The VIP spots are first-come, first-served and run all day, every day.
Alta Town Shuttle
A Free, fast and easy way to get around the Town of Alta. From 8:30am--5:30pm the Alta Town Shuttle makes a continuous loop servicing the Blackjack Condos, the View, Powder Ridge, Superior Point, the Bypass Road homes, upper and lower Sugarplum Village and the Wildcat Base parking area
1st parking lot - Wildcat Base Map
Intermediate to advanced skiers
- Collins lift
- Wildcat lift
- Main Season Pass Office (Skier Services)
- Wildcat Ticket Building
- Alta Ski Shop
- Goldminer's Daughter Lodge
2nd parking lot - Albion Base Map
Beginner to intermediate skiers
- Alf Engen Ski School
- Alta Children's Center
- Albion Ticket Building
- Sunnyside lift
- Albion lift
- Ski After 3
- Albion Grill
- Alta Java
No overnight parking is allowed in Little Cottonwood Canyon, with the exception of designated registered lodge guests and employee parking zones. If you are staying in Alta, it is not necessary to have a car. Most lodges and condominiums are slopeside or provide transportation. Avalanche and watershed restrictions prohibit overnight camping and dogs.
View the current Road Information.
You may call UDOT's Hotline at 511 for more information while you are in the canyon.
There are times when the Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, SR 210, may be restricted to travel. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has an extensive avalanche control program in the canyon, restricting travel when control work is in progress.
State law requires that you carry chains in your vehicle or have snowtires on your vehicle from November 1st through May 1st.