Are runs like Eddies high nowhere and high notch always groomed?
What other runs at alta are good for someone just starting to ski black diamonds? Glory hole? Keyhole?
All the lifts offer easy top to bottom grommed/easy ungrommed runs! If you are an intermediate level skier start at Collins, it has nice top to bottom grommed runs! Wild cat offers good gromming as well but a little steeper! Then move to sugarloaf and supreme!
You should not have any problem if you stay on grommed runs in any of the lifts! Most of the black grommed will become blue before they hit the base of the lift, so it should get easier as you go down!
I don't think Eddies is ever grommed and I think you need to traverse to access it!
WTF? uh, no.
Stick with West Rustler, Ballroom/shoulder, Lower Backside from the gate behind the patrol shack (top of Collins), venture out the High Traverse, Sunspot, try Greely Hill if you survive the Traverse, stuff like that. Save Eddie's for later.
Mess around all over Wildcat and Supreme. There's a lot of nice short shots in there to practice on. If you want groomers, go to Park City.
Glory Hole can be good practice, but it's short and a long run out. The best lines on Glory Hole are work to get to, still short and only worth it when untracked. Save that too.
Have fun. Take a lesson from Alta Ski School- it's a guided tour as well as great training.
I love Alta, and they do have grooming. But as others have already pointed out, if more groomed is your preference, Alta is not really your place. Most of the "signature" runs are natural. Deer Valley is polar opposite; they groom a LOT. If you are looking for steep groomers, that's the place. If you are looking for less fancy-dancy than DV with a good mix of groomers and natural trails, you could try Brighton or Solitude or -- if you're willing to drive -- Snowbasin.
But to my mind (and I think a fair number of folks agree with me) Alta and Snowbird are best appreciated au naturel. Groomers there exist to satisfy folks who get tired, can't ski the conditions, or for times when snow is really bad.