Frequently Asked Questions
Is Alta opening under current COVID restrictions?
Yes, Alta kicked off its 83rd season on Nov. 23rd and will follow the latest COVID-19 guidelines specified by the State of Utah, Salt Lake County Health Department, and the Town of Alta.Alta's COVID-19 Response
What's different for the 20/21 season? What do I need to know before I go?
Before heading to Alta check the latest road conditions and parking status. Ski bus service is available and recommended by the resorts. Ski buses will be limited to 20 riders per bus, face masks are required, and windows in front and back will be opened along with filters to improve and clean air circulation. Get complete Ski Bus details. When parking lots are full at the resorts, traffic up the canyon will be restricted to employees and other non-parking entities. UDOT has provided full details on vehicle requirements and traveling in the canyons.
Read more about the COVID-19 Guidelines for the Utah Ski Resorts 2020-21Alta parking and road conditions
What are the COVID policies and procedures in place at Alta?
Face coverings are required in both indoor and outdoor spaces, except when eating or drinking. Face coverings will also be required in lift lines and to ride chairlifts. Alta will manage daily mountain capacity based upon weather, snowpack, available terrain and the capacity of their indoor facilities through available parking on a first-come, first-serve basis. It's highly recommended to check Alta.com before driving to the ski area. Also, maintain physical distancing, minimize time indoors, and please be patient and courteous.20/21 Policies
Do I need to make a reservation to ski?
No, you do not need to make a reservation to ski Alta this winter.
- Ikon Pass: Reservations are not required
- Mountain Collective: Reservations are not required
- Season Pass Holder: No reservations are required.
- Day Tickets: No. Reservations are not required and tickets are available at ticket windows.
- Super Pass Holder: Present voucher at walk up ticket windows at Wildcat or Albion locations.
Do I need to wear a face covering or mask?
Yes, skiers are required to wear face coverings that have two or more layers (single-layer gaiters such as Buffs should be folded over to make two layers), and completely cover your mouth and nose.
Will food & beverage establishments be open?
Alta's various food & beverage menus will be simplified and food will be prepared in advance where possible. Restaurants will have limited seating capacity. Additional dining space and an outdoor coffee shop have been added to Alf’s. Note that Collins Grill will be closed for the season to provide additional café seating. Alta will have expanded grab-and-go food and beverage options at multiple locations, available in the Albion and Wildcat parking lots.Food & Drink at Alta
Will rental shops on premise be open?
The Alta Ski Shop at Albion will offer ski rentals this season. Hours: 9am-4pm beginning October 5th
The rental shop at Wildcat Ticket Office will not open this season due to space constraints.
Shopper density will be limited in the Albion Ski Shop, Wildcat Ski Shop and new Alf’s Ski Shop.Ski Rentals at Alta
What can I do off the slopes? What will be open when I'm visiting?
Alta offers a complete list of outdoor activities, from Heli-skiing to backcountry tours to snowshoeing and much more. You can also relax and rejuvenate your body and mind after a long day on the slopes at any one of three different spas: Alta's Rustler Lodge Spa, the Stillwell Spa at Snowpine or Goldminer's Daughter Spa.
Looking beyond the resort area, you can find out what's happening in Salt Lake during your visit, including what is open, COVID-19 travel restrictions, safety protocols, and things to do while you're here on Visit Salt LakeVisit Salt Lake COVID-19 Information for Visitors
ALTA SKI AREA
There are precious few places in the world like Alta. The resort and its small base town grew organically around a united love of thrills on snow. Despite welcome upgrades, including higher-speed lifts and digital lift passes, Alta remains proudly rooted in its past, an icon of a time when skiing was less of a business and more of a way of life, an era of wooden skis and daredevil explorers in woolen gear who practically invented the sport.
The resort is one of America’s oldest and is home to some of Salt Lake’s most spectacular terrain, much of which can only be accessed by backcountry experts willing to hike for it. And the lift-accessed stuff is often steep and challenging. It will push the beginning skier, but the payoff is worth it. For those who learn to turn at Alta, the saying goes, “If you can ski here, you can ski anywhere.”
But don’t worry. There are mellow runs, too, and Alta skiers are a welcoming bunch, eager to share their arcane knowledge of hidden powder stashes, down-mountain strategies, and the history and lore of this classic American resort.
Alta is for skiers only. No boarders allowed. Alta breeds Alta-tude. Watch for its practitioners as you head up Little Cottonwood Canyon—if you see a lone Alta symbol in the center back window of the car in front of you, you've found one.
|Number of Runs||116+|
|Miles to Major Airport||32|
|Area Day - Adult||$149|
|Area PM (2:30-4:30) - Adult||$64|
|Area Day - Child 12 and Under||$75|
|Area Day - 80+||FREE|
|Alta Area Afternoon - Adult||$117|
|Alta-Snowbird - Adult||$175|
|Alta-Snowbird - Child||$110|
*Prices reflect Peak Season pricing. Check Alta's website for the most up-to-date prices.
Alta Trail Map
Download a PDF version of the trail map to view before you come.
Best Places to Ski in Alta
If you're a mellower beginner, you can absolutely stay on the cruise-y groomers and return to the bottom of Collins or branch out to the resort's easterly reaches around Sunnyside and Supreme. And if you're looking for a challenge, hold on to your hats. Alta is home to some of the best skiers you'll ever see, and it's because this terrain packs in a high density of challenges, features, and steeps. Traverse off the top of Collins to explore West Rustler, High Rustler, and the East Greeley areas. Or head up Supreme and try your hand at the technical terrain of the Catherine's area.
Best Places to Stay in Alta
You could snag a room in Little Cottonwood Canyon proper, at one of Alta or Snowbird's hotels or condos. For more on-mountain options Alta Chalets and Canyon Services have great accommodations up the canyons, some of which are ski-in and ski-out. Or, for maximum versatility, stay in Salt Lake—which poises you within striking distance of any resort you choose. You could pick an affordably priced hotel room or Airbnb in the Cottonwood Heights or Sandy suburbs, which happen to be perfectly positioned near the base of the two major Cottonwood Canyons (and still within a very easy drive of Park City if you care to venture that way). Inexpensive ski buses run all day between these neighborhoods and the ski resorts, so if you want to minimize mountain driving, you can.
You could also throw down for a proper downtown Salt Lake hotel room, which may cost a penny or two more, but it places you in the center of the city's food scene and nightlife. The great news is, it's tough to go wrong, because whether you stay near the canyon or near the city center, it's a pretty quick drive to the slopes either way. And the staff at the downtown hotels are downright handy at helping you hire a ski shuttle or catch the right bus or train to get to your resort of choice with minimal fuss.
Best Places to Eat in Alta
If you stay near the mouth of the Cottonwoods, you'll be able to take advantage of a fun ski-bum culture that's carved a nook into this otherwise mellow suburban area. Grab a savory breakfast at the Cottonwood Café, ski your heart out, and then chow down on a giant nacho platter accompanied by local beers at the Porcupine Grill afterward. If you want to up your game and savor some nicer fare, dip into Trio Café or head up the road a bit to Layla's or Copper Kitchen in nearby Holladay. By night, local shredders and renegades gather at the Hog Wallow, a beloved bar that sits just a couple blocks from the foot of the mountains and features live music multiple evenings per week.
And if you stay downtown, the culinary world is your oyster. Since you'll be skiing by day, you can really stock up on calories for breakfast at the comfort-food-laden Sweet Lake Biscuits & Limeade or southern-inspired Pig & A Jelly Jar. And for dinner and drinks, you can't mess up—but do make sure you check out Beer Bar for all the pints your heart could desire, paired with local (meat and vegetarian) sausages. You can then amble over to Taqueria 27 right next door, where you can sample an entire menu full of gourmet tacos. Go ahead: you earned them. And a side of queso fondue.
Alta Nordic Skiing
Enjoy classic or skate skiing on the 5 km groomed track.
A unique adventure of guided off-trail skiing in the Grizzly Gulch Bowl.
Introductory Telemark Workshop
For experienced alpine skiers. Instructors will get you started with the basic telemark moves on green and blue slopes.
Ski After 3
Ski after 3 p.m. on Sunnyside, Albion and Cecret* Lifts for a $10 ticket or a $5 ticket reload. (*Cecret closes at 3:30)
Skiers must buy passes and use the gates.
The three base area tows (Grizzly tow, Transfer tow, and Alta Lodge tow) are free all day, every day.
Alta hosts recreation racing on Fridays and Saturdays. All abilities welcome.
Ski with a Ranger
Learn about local mining history, public lands, watershed, and winter ecology. The free program operates weekends and holidays, December-March.
*Alta Ski Area does not allow snowboarding.
Plan a winter getaway by staying at one of Alta's ski-in/ski-out lodges. Lodging packages include breakfast and dinner. Some guests insist on returning year after year just for the dining experience. Each lodge has fireplaces, ample gathering spaces, and friendly staff. If you're looking for a private home or condo, you can expect luxury properties with fully equipped kitchens, mountain views, and free shuttle service to the lifts. Chef service and food stocking options are also available.
Alta's mountain dining options range from a white tablecloth dining experience with cuisine featuring organic lamb, duck, rabbit, seafood, hearty soups, salads, creme brulee, and truffle-filled chocolate cupcakes to outdoor deck dining offering hamburgers, delicious deli sandwiches and salads, pizzas, soups, cookies, brownies, and fresh fruit. Guests may choose from three restaurants at mid-mountain and several base area cafeterias. Four of the lodges also offer lunch for non-lodging guests.