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Alta Reviews

Skeahawk

Amazing, but a few flaws

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Pros: Terrain, snow, views, accessibility,

Cons: No "double black" designations, no snowboarding, runs not super long, need to traverse a lot to get to much of the terrain

First let's discuss the snowboarding. My wife and I enjoy both snowboarding and skiing and have many friends that only board. We love to ski so we had a great time there, but we would also like the option to snowboard. The other SLC-area resorts seem to have about 20% snowboarders. At the same time, a lot of people choose to ski Alta due to the lack of snowboarders so the effect on crowds is a wash at best. I hear a lot of absurd stereotypes about snowboarders spouted as reasons Alta's ban is a positive ("They scrape off the snow", "One hit me", "They sit in the middle of the run"). What these transgressions have in common is that plenty of skiers are just as guilty of committing ...
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skidaly

Powderland USA

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Pros: Powder, Terrain, small crowds

Cons: A lot of traverse, main powder runs track out fast.

The powder doesn't get better than Alta, the terrain is varied and challenging.  The only downside is that the main runs get tracked out quickly, especially on weekends.  You have to know your own secret stashes if you want lasting powder.  A lot of traversing required, other than that, you can't go wrong at Alta.
mtcyclist

Still great, but really crowded

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Pros: Terrain, terrain, terrain, snow, snow snow

Cons: HUGE crowds after even a 12" dump

My son and I skied Alta for the second time in our lives February 27-28, 2014.  It snowed on us all day 2/27 and continued most of the night apparently.  Visibility wasn't great but good enough that we could ski everywhere we wanted to ski and have fun.  Feb 27 was a great day, enough powder to make skiing really fun, the trees had lots of untracked snow and the only time we waited for a lift for more than maybe 5 minutes was when we got on the Collins lift at the midway loading area after lunch..  Friday, 2/28. we woke up to blue skies and were really excited to head back up to Alta.  Unfortunately, it seemed the entire population of SLC decided to do the same...
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mogulover

IT'S ALL ABOUT ALTA

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Pros: World's best variety of outstanding terrain from beginner to expert; Outstanding snow quality; Best powder skiing on the Planet; No Snowboarders!

Cons: Lift pass, as with most epic resorts, is way to damn high. $75 for an all day pass when about a decade ago it cost $25? Sad.

A pioneer resort in the global ski industry, Alta has set the standard for steep 'n deep since 1939.  The resort does not allow snowboarders so there's more powder for skiers, and superb mogul runs still exist with tight, skier's patterns - undefiled by snowboarding hack jobs.  It's all about Alta! 
bosrocker51

amazing place to ski

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Pros: snow, cliffs and more snow

Cons: avalanches

Alta is a great place. It was brilliantly sunny when I was there, on 3/9/11. They had about 20" of fresh snow. I felt more like I was in Chile or Australia than someplace in the US.   Boarders are not allowed at Alta. I think only Deer Valley and Mad River Glan are like that. I don; t mind boarders even though one hit me at Heavenly Valley, but it is kind of nice for an old timer like me to ride up and not have a board half sideways into my skis.    It's cool to see the heli skiers lift off the pad upslope from the main lodge. It's a nice old school mellow vibe - they play nice classic rock in the lodge the day I was there. It reminded me of Alpine Meadows in...
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ExWanabe

Powder chaser's heaven

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Pros: Best powder, awesome advanced and expert terrain

Cons: Limited intermediate terrain, slow lifts

Alta get tonnes of snow every year so chances of a powder dump are very high.  It has great terrain and bowls to traverse to.  It had old fixed speed lifts (may have upgraded by now) so lifts lines could get long on a holiday weekend.  Not much easy and intermediate terrain, although more than their neighbor Snowbird.  Does not work too well for skiers of different levels, but is excellent for advanced and expert skiers.
pspray

The King of Powder

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Pros: Everything

Cons: nothing

Alta is a skiers mountain (sorry snowboarders...still not allowed yet). It is easy to sum up an Alta experience. Snow, snow....and lots of snow!! Alta averages over 500 inches of snow annually. This is not Sierra Cement or Colorado Krud, no siree folks, its legendary Wasatch Pow and it comes in massive dumps weekly. If you live to ski powder, then Alta is your destination. It's simply a powder skiers paradise. There is terrain for everyone but seldom do you see a beginner skier at Alta, Lift lines on the weekends can be long in the AM especially after a dump but the topography of Alta (there is a lot of traversing and hiking for the goods...earn your turns..right?) allows for these...
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CodeWarrior1241

Alta is my favorite Rockies resort

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Pros: BIG ski area, convenient commute, wonderful snow

Cons: None I can think of!

Went to Alta for the fourth time 1/18/2011 - 1/23/2011. Alternating days of 15"/day snowfall and bluebird days. Had an awesome time on the mountain, snow was fluffy and light, no lift lines. Also not too cold, temps didn't get below 20F the whole time. Good selection of intermediate/advanced terrain, and a great ski school. Cheaper to get to than many other places, I typically stay in the SLC suburbs of Sandy or Midvale. There's a free ski bus that will pick you up from any of those suburb's hotels and drive you to the resorts and back, or rent a car when the weather is good. When it's snowing you NEED 4x4 or chains+good tires, the road to Alta is just 8 miles from mouth of canyon,...
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gamma

Alta, Utah the beating heart of american skiing

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Pros: long, steep and challenging terrain. excellent snow quality and consistency. friendly atmosphere, LOW amounts of commercialism and cost.

Cons: I dont live there all the time!

After many years of waiting and wondering my first trip to alta blew me away.  It snow 17" of blower powder overnight, some of the lightest I have ever skiied.   Alta has many long sustained shots with excellent snow and features.  Most of the mountain is expert terrain.  Some of the advanced/black diamond favorites: Gunsight, Eddies High Nowhere, Alf's High Rustler, West Rustler, Devil's Castle, Supreme Bowl.    I will admit I have had some of the best days in my short life shredding the hell out of this mountain in ridiculous conditions!   The vert is great here if you know how to ski the mountain.   The groomed and...
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