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“Traditional Old-School for Serious Skiers” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Alta Ski Resort

Alta Ski Resort
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$246.00*
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Ski Salt Lake City Super Pass: Discounted Lift Passes, Rental and Free Transport
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Alta
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Alta turns 70 next winter. Alta's place in the ski world is unique, its history storied. Alta's culture blends this past with the future as it presents, along with Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, America's first lift-served interconnect. Alta and pure, unspoiled skiing are synonymous. Alta's wide variety of terrain, breathtaking alpine scenery and superb snow conditions combine to create a unique setting. Alta continues to offer a ski-only experience.
Lindon, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Traditional Old-School for Serious Skiers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2012

Alta is the oldest ski resort in Utah and has a reputation for the best snow and more of it! Alta is at a higher elevation than the other ski resorts in Utah, so even in a slow snow year, the snow is pretty great! As a confident beginner, I struggled at Alta where they believe in powder skiing for everyone! The lifts don't have footrests which wore me out within a few hours. Be very aware that Alta does not allow snowboarding. Also, be aware that one of the lifts opens up for free to the public at 3pm, and the lines are instantly nightmarish. If you paid for a lift ticket, it's a little frustrating. There is a very long tow-rope connecting 2 of the main ski areas which is a nice place for total beginners to try to glide down the small incline. Although I didn't ski well here, I loved the vibe in the restaurants and the bar--very European. If you are looking for a challenging ski experience, this is one of the best places in the world.

Visited March 2012
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Arezzo, Italy
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“Beware of the rental shop prices”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

We skied Alta mid-week. The lifts were about 10 minutes late in opening and they don't open until 9:15. We are from out of town so we need to rent equipment. We rent onsite instead of in town in case there are size or equipment issues. I checked rental prices online with Alta Ski Shops and Alta Sports being the first two listed. The cost for basic rental (skis, boots, poles) is $22. We rented from the place that LOOKED LIKE the photo for Alta Ski Shops at the base of the Wildcat area. The employees were helpful. There was no charge (just credit card number taken when we got the equipment with a mention that we could pay with a different method upon return). We were given no information about cost. Upon check out, we were told that the cost was $32/each ($20 more than we expected!). Yikes, I told them about the web prices, and then looked around and didn't see any prices posted. They told me that "that's the place across the way", and "we're better, they don't know what they are doing". I later checked the website and see that they (Motherloade Powder House) doesn't post prices. This IS CLEARLY DECEPTIVE and MISLEADING. DON'T BE FOOLED. ASK BEFOREHAND.

Visited December 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Alta”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2012

No snowboarders!! This is one of the best ski resorts and we had a great time exploring all sorts of different terrain. The groomed runs are well maintained and there is so much off piste skiing available that you're guaranteed a great time.

Visited February 2012
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“Best skiing in USA”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

Alta is great skiing. Great snow, steep runs and a challenge for anyone while still having something for the beginner. I'd give it a 5 star rating if the price was lower.

Visited February 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Wonderful Ski Resort with lots of great trails!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2012

Alta is my second favourite ski resort in Utah (Deer Valley being #1). Alta has some great runs for all ski levels, friendly employees, and the prices are great if you know where to find the good deal. If you're looking for discounted lift tickets, try purchasing them in advance in Salt Lake City at any of the many ski rental shops. You'll save quite a bit.

I found that Alta isn't too crowded, lift lines are quick, great power and groomed trails. You'll have a blast here! There is lots to keep you busy. Best of all - no snowboarders! :)

Visited March 2012
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