Tuesday, June 20, 2017

It's Green and Hiking Time is Here!

Mt. Superior
It's been super warm in Salt Lake City and the snow is melting FAST at Alta. We're excited about that as it opens up more trails for hiking and makes getting into the mountains more pleasurable. The best hiking at the moment is down canyon, about two miles, from the White Pine trail head.  The high alpine lakes accessed from the trail head still have snow but the majority of the trails are okay to hike. We have information on getting to the trails on our hiking web page.

Sunday Brunch is happening and we served the first Saturday Lunch of the season last weekend. We encourage and welcome hikers to join us before after their hikes.

Trail access from the back of the Lodge.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

It's Going to be Green Soon

It will be green around Alta Lodge before too long.
It's been warm this week at Alta and Little Cottonwood Creek is high and running fast. With temperatures in Salt Lake City hitting the upper 90s, the snow is melting very quickly now.

Earlier this week we hosted a retreat for Waterford School.        The 33rd Annual Writers@Work Conference is going on now and commences on Sunday. Both of these were exclusive events, that is, there are no other events occurring at the same time which meeting and retreat participants really appreciate.

Weddings start soon and this summer will be a busy wedding season! Wedding couples enjoy the option the have an exclusive event at the Lodge. We make it easy with the wedding, reception, dancing and overnight accommodations all at the Lodge.  Wedding guests frequently make a weekend stay and enjoy the surrounding mountains and what they have to offer. Walking, hiking and mountain biking are all options at Alta.  
A romantic mountain wedding on the patio.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Summer Season Kicks Off June 4

With ski season behind us, we're ready for the glorious summer beauty as the snow continues to melt. Our summer season begins this year with the first Sunday Brunch on June 4. Brunch items include a wide array of hors d’oeuvres, salads, entrees, house baked breads, pastries and desserts and cooked to order items.  Sunday Brunch is from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm.  The prices are $29.95 for adults, $14.95 for children 7-12 years of age and $6.95 for ages 6 and under. Alcohol service is available starting at 10:30 am.

Outdoor dining with superb food surrounded by the spectacular peaks around Alta make the Alta Lodge Sunday Brunch a favorite of locals. The casual environment of the Lodge encourages hikers to stop in by or after their hike. Reservations are encouraged but not necessary.

Lunch service on Saturdays begins June 10 and is served from 11 am - 2 pm. Lunch specialties include Vietnamese noddle bowl, supper salad, grilled ham and smoked Gouda sandwich, Bánh mì sandwich as well as burgers and appetizers.

Whether you take an energetic bike ride up the canyon, a hike in Albion Basin or a scenic drive on a lovely Saturday or Sunday, you'll enjoy a great meal with wonderful views.

Friday, March 31, 2017

2 Weeks More of Skiing at Alta

It's the last day of March with 7" inches of powder to start the day with.  The base depth is 132" now and it looks like we will be getting more snow over the weekend and next week. With all the snow, it's hard to fathom the ski season ends on April 16th!

Free Demo Day is April 8 at Alta. Skiers will have an opportunity to try dozens of next years' skis from ski reps at no cost.  If you are considering getting some new skis, this is a great opportunity to try an assortment of skis from different manufacturers.  The event will be located at the base of Collins lift and starts first thing in the morning.  Sign up with a credit card as a deposit and you're ready to go. 

With a sunny day or two in the next week, we plan to do mountain picnics for Alta Lodge guests. We put this event on in a "secret" ski-to  location. It's a fun event for our staff and guests alike.

Spring season is upon us with unpredictable weather and spectacular skiing. Take advantage of the great coverage we have on the mountain and come have some fun with us during Alta in April!

Friday, April 7 – 11th Annual Alta Gala. Celebrate & support three non-profits in Alta. Party the night away at at the Latin themed Alta Gala at La Caille Restaurant!
Saturday, April 8 – Demo Day. Demo 2017-18 skis from dozens of manufacturers and enjoy apparel sales, music and more!
Wednesday, April 12 – Beer and Bratwurst for $10 at Alf’s Restaurant.
Saturday, April 15 – Alta Earth Day.
Sunday, April 16 – Alta Community Enrichment Easter Egg Hunt.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Now's the Time to Ski Alta

New skiers to Alta typically start out with a trail map and look for corresponding signs for runs on the mountain. That's a simple way to figure things out and get oriented to the mountain.  The majority of runs for beginners and intermediates are in the Albion Basin which is where most of the trail grooming occurs.

For expert skiers, the options are many, especially for those who like to ski off-trail.  The High Traverse (High-T) which is accessed from the top of Collins, takes skiers across the west facing slopes and steeper chutes.  The eight steepest chutes at Alta are accessed by traversing and or hiking to off trail runs.

Of course there are more subdued approaches to the ski day like swinging by Alta Java or Baldy Brews for a latte, lunch at Alta Lodge with a beer or a glass of wine, après ski at the Sitzmark Club or an in room massage.

Weather permitting, during spring at Alta Lodge, we head out on the deck for afternoon tea time and host a few mountain picnics and après ski receptions.

Everyone has their own idea of a perfect ski day, just make sure that one of yours is at Alta.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Signs of Spring and 13" Fresh Snow

Good weather and stable conditions opened the Baldy Chutes last week and there was a steady stream of skiers making the hike to the top of Baldy. The opening of East Devil's Castle attracted quite a few skiers as well.  When the sun comes out and the air temperature is on the cooler side, it seems as if everywhere gets skied--Superior, Catherine's, Grizzly Gulch and inbound terrain all over the mountain. With the deep snow coverage this season (145" base today), there is much more surface area to ski and the runs really open up a lot more. Another 13" overnight was a deluxe way to start the week.  The end of the week could bring in more snow for the weekend. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

February's Extremes

We've had some wonderful ski days this month, from one extreme to the other. Alta's alpine environment has seen temperatures near 50 degrees this month with beautiful sunny days fit for mountain picnics. We would have a stretch of warm weather for several days and then a storm would roll in and freshen things up. Last weekend the weather changed and brought in another storm with a foot of new snow on Saturday and great powder skiing.  As the week got underway on Monday, the next storm system came in.  Every day since we've seen 24 hour accumulations of 8-14 inches. The temperatures have dropped significantly since the weekend and the snow is very light.

From what the National Weather Service is telling us, it looks like we could be getting some snow over the next seven days.  Meanwhile, the base at Alta is 134 inches and we could see another 10 inches in the next 24 hours.

Around Alta Lodge, it feels like we're "snowed in" with all the accumulations of snow around the Lodge.  The crew is busy staying on top of the shoveling. Most guests are tired when they come in but happy and look forward to the next day.

We have nearly two more months of skiing.  Wonder what March and April have in store for us?
Alta powder hounds waiting for the lifts to open yesterday.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Warm Days with Sunshine

Earlier this week we had our hopes up with a weather forecast that called for snow measured in feet! Emotions were elevated and then the storm headed south and so did our snow! This afternoon's report is for snow Friday and Friday night, freshening things up for the weekend. The week ahead shows lots of sunshine and if it's not snowing, we'll gladly take the blue sky! 

With the nice weather comes sunglasses, hiking up Baldy and skiing the chutes, lunch outside on the mountain and lighter clothing.  In February, it's a temporary warming spell and we know winter conditions will retun. We won't call it spring skiing because it's too early.  That's the thing with mountain life, you're prepared for whatever weather comes your way, as most skiers know.
Afternoon tea on the Alta Lodge deck on a warm, sunny day.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Groundhog Day

At Alta, we like it when Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow like he did today on Ground Hog Day.  Six more weeks of winter, or as Marcus says, six more months of winter at Alta (until the snow melts completely!) Phil wouldn't have been able to see his shadow today at Alta as it is snowing, but we're glad he saw it in PA. Yesterday the parking lot was dry as a bone but not today or tomorrow or the next several days, for that matter.

Booting up in the locker room.
Skiing the deep powder at Alta in January.
In January, Powder Tracks and Womens' Ski Camp participants shared lots of smiles on the snowy skis days.  Getting ready for the day after a hearty breakfast and hitting what seemed like bottomless powder, well, it's something people remember for the rest of the season and it brings them back for more.  That's what's so special about the skiing here and the camaraderie that Alta Lodge guests share.

Snoga warmup on the hill before skiing.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

121-inch Base

What does it take to get to 121 inches? Almost 12 feet of snow since January 1! Starting January 20 through the 24, Alta received 69 inches--yes, that's in five days. It's been a fun month at Alta for powder lovers. Day after day of great skiing with a few sunny days in between. The word gets out and the reservation staff juggle calls from people across the country who are ready to hop on a plane and get in on the fun.  The highway crew and avalanche control teams have worked extra long hours in keeping Highway 210 open and safe. On Monday the road was closed when control work brought down six avalanches across the road. The road opened briefly from 1-3 pm for downhill traffic.  Things were back to normal this morning with the road opening at 8:30 am. 

It's hard to believe but the sun shows signs of reappearing this weekend...we'll look for you on the slopes!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Sun Shines Through

Last Friday the sun made an appearance and has continued to shine through today.  The temperatures have stayed in the 20s during the daytime, deterring any melt from the snow we have.  The base at Alta is 83 inches and everything is open on the mountain.  The Baldy Chutes have drawn skiers to take the hike up the ridge that is required to ski the chutes. It's nice enough to sit outside and enjoy lunch or just a take a soak in the sun. 

This break in the storm cycle comes to an end this evening as the next one moves in.  Accumulations are modest compared to the previous cycles but it will freshen things up.

The first of our four Women's Ski Camps begins on Thursday. Sold out for awhile now, most of the participants are returning guests who enjoy the camp so much that they return each year to attend with friends they have made at the camps.  Although the February camp is full, we still have room in the two March camps. If you want to participate, we encourage you sign up soon as these will fill up as well.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

And it Just Keeps Snowing At Alta

January has been quite a month so far.  We've seen storm after storm lined up and at the moment, it continues to snow.  Alta's web site shows the average snowfall in January is 95 inches. We've already surpassed 60 inches and it's only January 11!

As you can imagine, the mountain is getting filled in more and more with each storm and the skiing is fantastic. It's the kind of skiing experience where you truly ski, eat and sleep and then repeat.

The Daily Pow has some footage of recent storm skiing -- enjoy!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Dreams of Powder Come True

The weekend holiday was one that will linger in memories for awhile.  The snowfall total was 20 inches over the two-day weekend.  Split between the two days, it was dreamy powder skiing.  Snow was easy and fun to ski without feeling the bottom.  The sun came out on Monday with a little left over powder here and there. Skiing has continued to be good all week long and today is another sunny day.

Skiers return to the Lodge after a day of skiing.
With the New Year just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about that ski vacation.  To make it easier to plan, we've put together a package: the Alta Lodge Ski Week. This is an all inclusive package with lodging, meals, transportation to and from the airport, ski rentals and lift tickets. If you've always wanted a week of skiing, this is the way to do it. If you want to branch out a little, you can upgrade your lift ticket to an Alta Snowbird day pass, allowing you to ski the best of both worlds.
View of Snowbird from Baldy

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

White Christmas and Happy Holidays

Holiday decorations at Alta LodgeHoliday season 2016 at Alta Lodge
As holidays skiers arrive throughout the next two weeks, the tree trimming, poinsettias and wreaths around the Lodge create a festive feeling. 

With all the snow that has fallen the past couple of weeks, (season snowfall of 131 inches so far) Alta now has a base of 58 inches with all lifts open. The National Weather Forecast is showing there will be a white Christmas at Alta with more snow coming in the days following.

The staff at the Kids' Club have been having fun with the children staying at the Lodge.  Fun and games, sledding and making cookies.  This week the group had a good time making gingerbread houses which are on display in the lobby of the Lodge.

Bells are heard in the halls before breakfast on Christmas morning when St. Nicholas comes to the Lodge. It's a fun time for young children and families--being in the mountains and skiing over the holiday season!

Monday, December 12, 2016

100+ inches of Snow & All LIfts are Open

To date, Alta has received 102-inches of snow this season and we npw have a 46-inch base.  Powder skiers had a storm to ski in on Saturday and the sun came out mid-day on Sunday. The mountain coverage just keeps getting better and there is plenty of terrain to ski. It's that bonus time of year to ski when most skiers are getting ready for the holiday season, trimming their trees and shopping while the die hard skiers practically have the slopes to themselves. 

More snow is coming in later this week and the base building skiing is great.  Check out the video below from the Daily Pow to get an idea of what the skiing was like yesterday at Alta. If winter hasn't made an official appearance at your local ski area, head to Alta where winter fun is in full force.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Skiing's Great with More Snow This Week

Alta opened on December 2 with great conditions, blue sky and sunshine and lots of powder skiing!
All lifts were open except Cecret and Supreme, which start running on Friday, December 9.

Now if you are a powder skier, here's some information that ought to get you excited.  It's called an "atmospheric river" (AR) and can translate to lots of snow. The talk is circulating next week's storm system could be a whopper.  There's still time to plan to be at Alta and stay at Alta Lodge when the storm hits.

If you have not had the experience of being at Alta and staying at the Lodge when the road is closed, it's something special. It feels like you've got the mountain to yourself with other Lodge guests and the powder seems endless. It's something you never forget.

Pay attention to the weather and start making some plans; you'll be glad you did. Of course we acknowledge weather forecasting is not an exact science...but there sure is a lot of excitement in the air for this storm.

For more information on this forecast, visit Wasatch Snow Forecast.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Alta's New Opening Date: December 2

Alta Lodge deck November 21
Mother Nature is finally shifting gears! We had a storm come in last week, more snow last evening and it is snowing now.  With a change in the weather pattern, more storms are coming in the next couple of weeks and we are expecting "winter as usual" at Alta.  An 8,600 foot elevation certainly plays to our advantage!

To get excited for your Alta ski vacation, you may be interested in checking some of our favorite weather resources. The national weather service has a Cottonwood Canyons forecast that is good for a 24 hour period.  Their weather synopsis late this afternoon showed:
.Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Until 4am Tuesday...
A pacific storm system will cross the area this evening, before moving east later tonight. High pressure will follow Tuesday, with another system expected Wednesday afternoon and evening

A couple of other local sources popular with skiers:
Professor Powder's Blog  Wasatch Weather Weenies is the product of University of Utah's meteorologist Jim Steenburgh, author "Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth".

The Wasatch Snow Forecast blog is a fun one to follow, especially today as Evan tells us about Storms #1, #2, #3 & #4...how's that for some promising news?

Now you've got some resources to check, you'll have a better idea of what's happening with the weather in Alta and the Cottonwood Canyons.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Ski Conditioning Tips

Are you still thinking about getting in shape for the ski season? Doing a little training before the season starts is invaluable for a more enjoyable experience during your first days on the slopes. Starting the season that way is what most professional and recreational skiers do.

If you need some guidance and encouragement, in the Salt Lake Valley, the University of Utah offers ski conditioning classes that are taught through the orthopedic center. Friends who have participated in these classes have commented on their effectiveness and the quality of the instructors. Their web page also has ski-related articles and tips.

Bosu ball
We're sharing some tips from pros if you want to train on your own but need some ideas on where to start for skiing specific exercises. Burn SLC has some tips you can follow either at home or your local gym.

Ski Utah's fitness blogger Active Alyssa has an article with a focus on using a Bosu ball.  She has photos and instructions for these basic exercises that will give your lower body a good workout.

Budget some training time and you'll enjoy that first day of skiing!