Check out Wasatch Observations thread- and just look around Epic. We talk about Alta a lot. Alta's special. It's a cathedral. It's on forest service land, has very little development, and is one of the most naturally beautiful places in Utah, a state full of wonders(and not just natural...) Snowbird's beautiful, Snowbasin too- Sundance is stunning- it's easy to see what inspires Robert Redford. But Alta's Alta, and that's that. Check the website.http://www.alta.com
, for history and photos.
It's a great place for small children in that the Albion Basin area is big-compared to the usual bunny hill- and has no runouts through it except at the very bottom. The groomers are great and moderately pitched, and the expert terrain is well, gosh. It's skiers Mecca, and well worth the trip. As usual, the snow is fantastic- because of Alta's being at the top of a box canyon, elevation 8,500' to 10,500', the snow is almost always fresh, light and dry. The big pacific storms cycle through the norhtwest,pass over the desert, pick up lake effect snow off of the Great Salt Lake, and funnel the dryest, lightest snow in the world up that box canyon and dump forty feet of it every season.
I love that you can feel the history there. The spirit of the Engens is everywhere. People have devoted their lives to the place.