Alta, Utah

Just outside of Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Mountains sits the ski-lovers paradise, Alta. Known for deep powder and superb terrain, less expensive lift tickets and close proximity to Salt Lake City make Alta one of Utah’s premier resorts. As you ride the lifts you are promised panoramic views of beautiful scenery. Ski down the slopes and enjoy two ski-in/ski-out restaurants and a rental shop. Although snowboarding is not permitted here, snow conditions provide skiing opportunities for every level of skier, including beginners. Even if you have never skied before, enjoy trying something new with your family. No matter your ability or expertise, and you are sure to have a wonderful time.

If skiing simply isn’t for you, you can still enjoy an incredible experience when visiting Alta. Book an appointment at the spa, unwind and let your worries drift away. Explore the area as you sip on a specialty coffee with homemade biscotti from Alta Java. Some days you may want to kick back with a cold beverage and a bucket of fries, and other days you may crave a well-balanced meal. Some nights you may want to relax in a cozy environment next to a crackling fire, and others you may want to try something fancy. In Alta, you can enjoy it all.

As wonderful as winter season is, Alta also offers fantastic hiking opportunities for summertime visitors in a rugged mountain setting rich with wildflowers, alpine lakes, and classic Wasatch views. In fact, there are over ten miles of scenic trails in the immediate Alta area. For something a little more fast-paced, enjoy mountain biking and experience a thrill like never before, or spend a little quiet time fly fishing or horseback riding through the greenery. When you’re ready to stir up something new, take a day trip to Salt Lake City and go shopping at City Creek Mall, visit the Hogle Zoo, reserve tickets to a Broadway show at the Eccles Theater, explore Millcreek Canyon or spend a day with dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum.

There's no mistaking, Alta is cold, but all the more reason it experiences some of the best snowfall imaginable for skiers. The first snowfall of autumn usually arrives in October, although every few years September will get some snow.

The season's last snowfall typically ends in May, leaving June, July and August filled with an abundance of wildflowers to cover its place. As a top outdoor adventure destination, you can enjoy a network of beautiful trails for hikers and mountain bikers, campgrounds, rock climbing and clear mountain air.

Nestled near the top of one of Utah's best canyons, Alta is steeped in old-school ski tradition. Visitors come time and time again to experience that homestyle charm, famous grass-fed Utah beef hamburgers at Watson's Shelter, and reconnecting with ski vacation buddies at the welcoming Peruvian Bar. Its indie spirit is largly due to an array of friendly, locally owned shops and restaurants, that will leave you and your family Alta-holics.

WEATHER: Monthly Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
High 31° 31° 36° 42° 52° 64°
Low 14° 15° 18° 24° 33° 42°
Rainfall 6.1 in. 5.8 in. 6.1 in. 5.5 in. 3.9 in. 1.9 in.
Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
High 72° 71° 62° 50° 37° 30°
Low 49° 48° 40° 31° 20° 14°
Rainfall 1.8 in. 2.0 in. 2.8 in. 4.0 in. 5.2 in. 6.5 in.