Thursday, May 12, 2016

Shifting from Winter to Summer Season

May 10, 2016
Ah...spring has been in the air for awhile now and the snow is slowly melting, albiet a little too slow for some of us since the ski area is closed.

Around the Lodge we are sprucing up for a summer season of weddings, conferences, Sunday brunch and lunch on Saturday.  We're improving  our patio area where we hold weddings and outdoor parties We reopen for summer season on June 5 with the first Sunday brunch.

In mid-June, Alta Lodge will host the annual Writers@Work Conference June 15-19. The conference is open to all writers. Small intensive workshops limited to 16 participants will be led by expert award-winning writers/teachers in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.  More information available here.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Kids Stay & Eat Free!

Spring break and itching for a quick ski vacation with the kids? If you book a 4-night minimum stay before the end of the season, two kids ages 12 & under can stay and eat for FREE--a savings of $200 per night!  The Deep Powder House (next to Alta Lodge) is offering high performance ski demos from  at a special rate for Alta Lodge guests – 4 days for the price of 3 days (regular price is $52.50/day) and Kids’ ski rentals free at Deep Powder House (140 cm and under.)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Alta in April -- Don't Miss Out!

We've had a month with the best of spring skiing: powder storms and sunny days.  Alta's base today is 116 inches.  From 3/21-28, Alta received 35 inches of snow, over two storm cycles. Giving you a taste of the skiing this season, the Daily Pow's most recent video captures the essence of skiing this season to date.

As we roll into April on Friday, we'll see sunshine and warmer temperatures through the weekend followed by more snow next week, freshening things up again.

Beginning April 3, Kids Stay Free beings. When you book a standard room for four or more nights, two children ages 12 and under can stay in the their parents' room at no additional charge--breakfasts and dinners included. This represents a savings of over $200 per night!

During April, we also have:
  • Complimentary receptions from time to time after skiing, with wine and appetizers.
  • Lunch served on the sundeck (weather permitting).
  • Complimentary picnic lunch on the ski slopes, beverages included (dates to be announced, weather permitting).
  • High performance ski demos from Deep Powder House at a special rate for Alta Lodge guests -- 4 days for the price of 3 days (regular price is $52.50/day).
  • Free kids' ski rentals at Deep Powder House (140 cm and under)!
There are all kinds of things happening at Alta in April to be a part of--don't miss out!


Friday, April 1 – Alta Environmental Center Educator Workshop
Saturday, April 2 – Alta Environmental center Educator Workshop
Saturday April 2 – Wednesday, April 6thAlta Lodge Performance Ski Camp
Tuesday, April 5 – Yoga with Alta Community Enrichment
Friday, April 8 – 10th Annual Alta Gala. Celebrate & support three non-profits in Alta. Party the night away at La Caille!
Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10 – Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge 2nd annual Oldminer’s Weekend
Saturday, April 9 – Demo Day. Demo 2016-17 skis from dozens of manufacturers and enjoy apparel sales, music and more!
Monday, April 11 – Winter Bird Survey with Tracy Aviary
Friday, April 15 – $10 Beer & Brats at Alf’s Restaurant
Saturday, April 16 – Alta Earth Day and $10 Beer & Brats at Alf’s Restaurant. Enjoy live music from Stonefed from 2-6pm on the Alf’s Restaurant deck.
Sunday, April 17 – Live music by Talia Keys at Watson Shelter, 1-3pm.
Sunday, April 24 – Live music by Talia Keys at Albion Grill, 1-3pm.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Powder Storm Alert!

Heavy snowfall is occurring at the moment at Alta and it should continue though the next 24 hours.  The forecast for the Cottonwood Canyon is 16-28 inches--calling for some DEEP powder skiing! Yes, it is March and you can expect there will be more snow and more good skiing.

We have a busy time at Alta Lodge this March. Families are here for ski vacations and we have
women's ski camps and performance ski camps during the week. 

This week we expect snow throughout the week with clearing for the weekend and warmers temperatures. On Thursday, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Alta Community Enrichment is sponsoring St. Patty’s Day Bagpipes with James Moyar of Soggy Scots. James will play from 12-1pm at the bottom of the Collins Lift.

If you are here next week, check out what's happening for the annual "Alta Snowflake Festival", March 24-27. It's a lot of fun and excuse to take another Alta ski vacation this season (just in you need an excuse..)

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Spring: You Never Know What's in Store

Last week's spring skiing conditions were great on a 84" base.Warm weather and blue sky were in abundance all week long until Sunday. Here's a look at what skiing looked like last week.

On Monday morning, we had a special: 11" of powder in 24 hours

We had a weather change with a front bringing in lots of wind and snow and on Monday, skiers experienced one of those fantastic spring powder days: bluebird day with fresh snow! It seemed as if though everyone was here that day...must have been "sick" day, mental health day, vision problems (I can't see coming into work today..) unplanned vacation day and all sorts of reasons to skip work and come skiing! Wednesday was another morning with some fresh pow--4" and today is perfect day for groomers!

Next week the weather will shift to bring in a change of starting with a precursor "chance of snow" on Saturday and some lower temperatures (its 49 degrees at Alta at the moment...) Then Sunday/Monday things change with a storm likely coming in Wednesday. More powder, powder, powder...please.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

February has Leapt into March

February 29 closed out the month and although it was the second driest February on record, you wouldn't have guessed it since we have a 84-inch base and lots of happy skiers.

Things are going to change. On March 7, we'll be seeing a major shift in the weather patterns and more snow will be headed our way. It's something that weather forecasters are seeing and another unusual source: a buoy off the coast of Kauai, HI. 
that has a pretty high degree of accuracy for storm forecasting in the Wasatch mountains.

If you're a betting skier, there's a very high chance that there is going to be some pretty good powder skiing in March. To get you thinking about it, here's a video of Alta powder skiing March 19, 2012--

Monday, February 22, 2016

March Average Snowfall

February has been full of sunny days, a few powder storms and overall fantastic skiing. Sunshine is also good for outdoor picnics and hanging around with your pals after the chairs have quit spinning and stopping in at the Sitzmark Bar.

Think about this: during the month of March, 90 inches is the average snowfall at Alta. The base at Alta is now 85 inches and we're expecting things to fill in even more as snowy March begins. And Daylight Saving Time begins March 13. March first is next Tuesday and plenty of skiing is still in store.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Sweethearts & Presidents

What a fun-filled weekend of surprises over the weekend! Saturday had to be one of the prettiest sunny days we've seen in awhile.  With the high pressure that's been hanging around, the temperatures were above average for February which meant spring skiing conditions. Skiers were able to dine outside for lunch on the mountain and take advantage of lounge chairs at Albion Day Lodge.

Sweethearts had some fresh snow to ski on Valentine's Day and late in the day the storm increased so that early on Presidents' Day, Alta was reporting 8" of new snow! It was a fun weekend of skiing!

More of winter still to come, including a storm on Thursday.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Additional Women's Ski Camp in March

By popular demand, we have added a second Women's Ski Camp in March.  These camps sell out fast and we typically have waiting lists. When we realized we had some much interest and the lodging capacity, we put together another ski camp for intermediate to advanced level skier March 13-17.

Last week was a mixture of sunshine and new snow.  The big sleeper storm was on Thursday evening when the forecast calling for 3-5 inches of snow turned into 11 inches! Before the snow settled, Alta had a 100-inch base. Coupled with three consecutive days of sunshine, the skiing conditions were great.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Weekend Bliss

If powder skiing is your idea of happiness, there was plenty of happiness to be found at Alta over the weekend. Not only did it snow more than was expected, the quality of the snow was hard to surpass. Pillows of soft, velvety snow that seemed bottomless fell all day Saturday so that run after run was more divine skiing. The mountain is so filled in now with that there is a 90-inch base.  Today we have colder temperatures keeping snow conditions great.  There will be more snow this week with a big storm coming in on Thursday, so plan accordingly if you missed out last weekend.

Here's a video shot on January 31--seeing is believing if you weren't skiing it!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

More Snow Headed our Way

Photo: Maren Askins
If you missed last weekend with two plus feet of new snow, there's a silver lining: more snow is coming this weekend. The weather forecast is for 1-2 feet, so make some plans now if you want to ski some powder. Alta's base today is 84-inches which means there is really great coverage at Alta.  We were fortunate to have fresh snow on Monday morning with sunshine which brought in more than the usual crowd on a Monday morning--vacation, mental health and sick days were all in order.

It's another season of fun skiing at Alta and we've still got more than half the season left to go.  We'll have an update on what El Nino has in store for us next week...yes, next week is February already.
Snowy Alta Lodge as viewed from near Nina's Curve.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Soft Snow Feels So Good!

So far, during the month of January, Alta has received snow, snow and more snow. 45 inches to date this year with more snow in the forecast this week. The base is 68 inches which means great coverage all over the mountain.  The Daily Pow captured footage of some of the recent fun skiing conditions.
The MLK weekend brought in lots of skiers, many of whom spent inordinate amounts of time in a slow drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon followed by very limited parking options.  The same scenario is often repeated on powder days.  If you're visiting from out of town, save yourself the hassle and consider staying at Alta Lodge. There are a variety of lodging options, from dorms to large corner rooms, with breakfast and dinner included.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

If You Like Skiing Powder...

People get pretty excited around Alta when we get a weather forecast that tell us we're going to have 3-4 storms in the next 10 days. You don't need to wait for a powder alert--instead you can be here skiing powder! This type of advance notice is when friends tell friends to take their vacation time (or sick time) and come to Alta. Stay at Alta Lodge and you're out the door first thing without any driving or parking hassles. 

Whet your powder appetite with a video shot last February during a powder storm. Hope to see you in the next 10 days!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Planned that Ski Vacation Yet?

A ski vacation is a winter highlight for many skiers.  Whether it is your only ski trip for the winter or one of several, planning sooner rather than later will increase your odds of getting a reservation when you want to come.


Total immersion in skiing with enough time to really feel like you are getting away.

4-day Extended Weekend
A couple of extra days gets you in the skiing groove, even better if you ski/fly on the same days.

The mid-week trip has the benefits of less people on the mountain and a lower priced room rate.

Kids Stay Free With a savings of over $200/day, this is a great deal for families with kids ages 12 & under.  The 4-day stay dates are April 3-17, 2016.

Another important part of your ski trip is to be in good physical condition. If you haven't already, now is the time to start your training program.  Ski Utah offers some valuable conditioning tips if you're not sure what to start.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ring in the New Year with Skiing

With over 100+ inches of snow last week and the week before, Alta now has a base of 58 inches and all lifts but Albion are running. The connection to Snowbird is open and the skiing is great!

If you are planning to turn in at a reasonable hour on Thursday evening, you'll be all set for a day on the slopes of Alta Friday morning and have the ski slopes almost to yourself.  Most New Year's parties go into the next morning with people celebrating 2016, sleeping in and/or nursing hangovers. Or you can opt to be in the clear mountain air on a sunny day, enjoying the feeling of the wind in your face.  If early is not in the cards for you, stop by Alta Lodge for lunch and then head out for the afternoon and back for apres ski at the Sitzmark Bar--ranked in The Manual as one of the "Best Mountain Town Bars"

Wishing you the best for the New Year in 2016!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Solstice! 50-inch Storm Last Week, 2-3 Feet This Week!

There were many snowy days last week and when it all added up, the storm total from Monday-Thursday was 50-inches--an Alta storm by any standard!

Winter season is here and starting with more storms this week. It looks like another 2-3 feet through Wednesday and then another storm coming in Christmas--exciting stuff if you've been holding out for powder skiing.

Evening light is special at Alta and here are a couple of images from last week. As you can see, it is full on winter at Alta.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Happy Monday--11 inches of snow in 13 hours!

The first big storm of the winter season is here!  We don't know what took so long but we're happy it's snowing and it is supposed to keep snowing through tomorrow.

Don't have any ski plans yet? It's time to make some and here are some tips.

A ski vacation is a winter highlight for many skiers.  Whether it is your only ski trip for the winter or one of several, being ready for that trip makes a big difference in the experience you will have.

One of the big decisions people have to make is when to take that vacation.  Some prefer after the holidays while other want to go earlier.  It used to be ski vacations were for seven days with visitors more likely to arrive on a Saturday and leave the following weekend.  Now more people take an extended weekend of if they have flexibility, they check when the conditions are mostly favorable and book a few days out. The advantage of planning ahead is a secured reservation and if it's planned, one is more likely to go rather than waiting until the last minute. Usually a week day ski trip will provide you with greater lodging options and less skiers on the slopes.

Another important part of your ski trip is to be in good physical condition. If you haven't already, now is the time to start your training program.  Ski Utah offers some valuable conditioning tips if you're not sure what to start.

So get on board and make some plans--ski season is here!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

It's Great to be 75!

75 years..really? Yes! Alta Lodge first opened the doors to skiers in 1940, two years after Alta Ski Area opened.  According to Alta Historical Society President David Davenport, “When it [Alta Lodge] opened, it was the epicenter of the social culture at Alta. The love of skiing, powder and après ski were all aspects of a tradition where the focus was skiing. The Levitt family, who own and operate the Lodge, are dedicated to the traditional lodge style, which exemplifies an approach to skiing that gained its roots in Europe and New England—breakfast and dinner included with stay, no televisions, a common dining area and an opportunity for communal social engagement between guests."
Still owned and operated by the Levitt family, the Lodge continues today with the same traditions it started with. A couple of wings have been added to the original 12-room hotel, along with some updates but the ski lodge principals that started it all are still intact.  Fine food, great service and a warm and friendly environment are all part of what makes skiers return year after year to Alta Lodge. has a nice write up about Alta Lodge, "America's Most Iconic Ski Lodge"

Margie of the Wasatch was filmed in 1946.  It provides a glimpse of skiing in the early days of Alta Lodge and Alta Ski Area. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Early Season Skiing at Alta

Skiing at Alta in December before the holiday season is a great time of year to get back on skis.  For one thing, the slopes are virtually empty and it seems like you have your own private ski area. The snow quality at Alta is consistently great and if there hasn't been a recent powder storm, the groomed runs produce a corduroy or velvet-like surface which is sweet for smooth, silky turns.

Today at Alta the sun is out and Wildcat, Collins and Sunnyside lifts are open, with nine groomed runs.  Area days passes are currently $59. Relax before heading home and join us for après ski at the Sitzmark Club beginning at 4pm.

Monday, November 23, 2015

More Snow is on the Way!

The opening weekend at Alta was hard to beat--beautiful blue sky, warm and sunny, and the skiing was great!  Smiles were everywhere with an upbeat mood prevailing.

Thanksgiving skiers will enjoy fresh snow with a storm moving into the area starting on Wednesday.  According to local meteorologist Jody Saeland, storms are stacking up into next week which bodes well for early season skiing.

El Nino has been the talk for several months now and we've got crossed fingers that it plays out  favorably in terms of snowfall in our neck of woods.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Winter's Arrived at Alta Lodge!

It's been snowing at Alta for the past 12+ hours and we've received 11 inches of snow.  With Alta's scheduled opening on Friday, November 20, the timing of this snow storm is perfect!
New snow on the deck of Alta Lodge

This season Alta Lodge is celebrating 75 years as Alta's first hotel.  We're offering an anniversary lodging special to commemorate this special event. From November 29 - December 13, anyone who books a four-night stay during this time period will pay the 1940 rate for the fourth night. That rate is $18.32 for a room for two, full breakfast and four-course dinner for two and tax and services.  In addition to this special rate, we'll also have some special events.

If you haven't made your ski vacation plans yet, this is a great time to ski Alta as the mountain has snow, the conditions are usually good and there aren't as many skiers so you feel like you have your own private mountain to ski.    

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Plan Ahead & Save on Tickets

Lift tickets can be a major expense of a ski vacation, especially so if it is a family vacation and you don't have a season pass. If you know when you will be coming to ski Alta, you can purchase your lift tickets in advance on line.  The further ahead you buy the tickets, the greater the savings.  Keep in mind there are a limited number of tickets available at the advance purchase price.

With ski season approaching in 30 days--Alta opens for skiing on November 20--now is good time to start your planing.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Special Deal for Our 75th Anniversary

Alta Lodge first welcomed skiers in 1940 and to celebrate our anniversary, we have a special offer from November 29 - December 13.  If you book a four night minimum stay during that period, the fourth night will be the 1940 room rate. Rally with some friends and take advantage of this sweet deal and get in some early season skiing.  Find out the latest in our Alta Lodge newsletter.

Alta's schedule opening day is Friday, November 20--will you be in line when the lifts fire up for the season?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wildflowers are Everywhere!

Alta's had quite a display of flowers the past few weeks and if you have not had a chance to check them out, you're in for a treat.  The best area for a wide variety of flowers is in Albion Basin.  It is also the most popular location so going early in the morning is important if you want to avoid the crowds.  The best thing to do is drive to the Albion Basin Day Lodge and take the free shuttle. By doing this you skip driving on a dusty dirt road and looking for limited parking spaces.  The shuttle stops at the trail head for a hike to Catherine's Pass, which is a three-mile round trip hike.  The hike offers great views in both directions.  Another hike is the Cecret Lake trail, an easy 1.8 miles round trip to an alpine lake in Devil's Castle. Numerous other trails dot the area and descriptions and details can be found on the Wasatch Hiker web site.