Alta


Alta (ski only), Utah
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Type: Lift-serviced / Resort

Posted by: Matt S on May 24, 2011
 

Description

 
Alta Ski Area provides skiers with 2,200 skiable acres that is covered with 560 inches of snowfall annually in addition to snowmaking. The lofty peak elevation of 10,550 feet and a vertical drop of 2,020 feet provide excitement and thrills for everyone.

Alta Ski Area boasts a whopping 116 trails. The trails are ranked 25% beginner, 40% intermediate, and 35% advanced. Alta has 11 lifts that provide access to the trails. Popular trails include Home Run, Rock 'n Roll, Devil's Elbow, and Castle Apron.

Activities
Skiing (Cross-Country), Skiing (Downhill)

Website
alta.com

 

Reviews of Alta

 

mtbikerchick   Blue Square
February 17, 2012
  
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Alta is like lift-accessed backcountry skiing. Most of the time, and I mean this in a good way, I wasn't sure if I was on a named run. My "local" guide had us traversing into the awesome Ballroom, out to Catherine's and dropping in to a variety of runs from the Supreme lift. What's exciting about Alta is how you can start on one run, zoom into some glades, pop out to cruise a few bumps, and end up back on a groomer before the end of your run. It's a unique experience, especially if you aren't used to traversing, but it's well worth the trip!
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mtbikerchick   Blue Square
February 17, 2012
  
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Alta for me is like lift-accessed backcountry skiing. There are so many lines to take, paths to make and areas to blast through that you never feel like you're on a named ski run. There are bowls and steeps and trees and bumps galore! Get to know a local and follow them around traversing here and there and you'll see the beauty that is Alta.
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mtbgreg1   Out of Bounds
July 5, 2011
  
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Alta Ski Resort is often held up as the holy grail of downhill skiing! This resort is closed to snowboarders, and as such the mountain wears in over the season to be very skier-specific and skier-friendly. After one of Alta's many massive dumps of their legendary powder snow (the lightest in the world), the resort is quickly tracked up and turned into a series of bump runs.

Alta offers so many opportunities for expert-level skiing. There are many steep faces and lines in the resort that are only accessible via a long traverse, and many of these areas hold serious cliff drops for the seriously talented.

Alta also offers easy boot packs right out the back door of the resort to backcountry areas that feed easily back inbounds, as well as access to untold acres of backcountry terrain that is featured in ski magazines year after year.

Simply put, Alta's skiing is legendary!
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