Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tea Time at Alta Lodge

A long tradition at Alta Lodge is afternoon tea time.  From 3:30-5 pm daily, fresh baked items are set out in the Deck Room of the Lodge.  Tea is brewed and ready to pour with coffee and hot chocolate as well.  Our incredible baker, Jim H., was trained at the Culinary Institute of America, and our guests always look forward to his tea time treats.  Today when skiers came in for tea, they could choose from chocolate chip walnut biscotti, organge cranberry bread or zucchini bread (or have a sample of each one!)  There are an assortment of ski movies that play on the large screen TV and guests gather to share their experiences on the slopes that day.  We like this tradition and hope you do too!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Eve Cookie Decorating

It was Christmas Eve and the ping-pong table had turned white as Ketner covered it with butcher paper. Next she laid out the frostings of every color, a rainbow of options that were sure to inspire the cookie decorators.

 Christmas Eve is the night of cookie decorating at the Alta Lodge. While technically part of the Children’s Program, children and parent alike gathered round the table, passing icing, sprinkles, and, of course, cookies.
 The freshly baked sugar cookies came in all types of Christmas themed shapes. We painted reindeer purple, Santa’s green, and Christmas trees polka-dot.  With sticky fingers and belly’s ready for Christmas Eve buffet, we gathered our cookies together and admired our work: 

  Happy Holidays from the Alta Lodge!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Free Kids' Program

Families love skiing at Alta and staying at Alta Lodge.  The Kids' Program at Alta Lodge offers supervised activities before and after skiing, shuttle to Alf Engen Ski School and a special kids dinner with menu items geared towards a younger appetite.  After the 5 pm kids' dinner, staff have activities and movies for kids to participate in while parents dine.  Babysitting services are available for infants or for daytime child care in between the Kids' Program regular hours.

Sound too good to be true?  "My son wanted to go to the kids program every night and preferred having dinner with Ketner (program coordinator) and other kids at the kids dinner. My son made several other friends and they were hanging out together by the end of the week." Mike, November 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Eary December Skiing

Skiing has been mostly on packed slopes that have been groomed to perfection nightly.  Sugarloaf is open, the Saddle has wonderful conditions without bumps--use caution on the run out but otherwise it's good.  Ballroom has been nice and the run from the top of Wildcat is great.  It's easy to get on the lift at mid-way at Collins this time of year if you prefer to ski the upper mountain but the lower mountain has plenty of coverage.

Monday, November 28, 2011

11-22-11 Alta Ski Patrol

Early Season Powder Skiing

Powder skiers make some pretty nice tracks last on the Baldy Shoulder after the Alta Ski Patrol opened the area. Pretty nice that sun was shining and ski was blue--nice way to start off the ski season.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Opening Day At Alta

Opening day at Alta is Friday, November 18, and everyone is looking forward to another great season. Alta has received several snow storms, the most recent one over the weekend dropped 17 inches. We'll have returning Lodge guests coming for the opening, excited to ski and eager for more snow that will coming on the weekend. Alta Ski Area has been busy preparing the mountain for opening and the Deep Powder House has their inventory stocked for eager skiers. November 18-25,lift ticket prices are reduced to $57 for full day and $48 for half day, 1 pm - closing.

The season will be off to a great start and we can’t wait to get back on skis! How about you?

Monday, November 7, 2011


Why spend Thanksgiving Day in the kitchen when you could be on the mountain in Alta? After a day skiing with family and friends, relax and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Alta Lodge, and leave the cooking to Chef Paul Raddon and Sous-Chef Sam Wolfe.

The menu for the evening begins with an appetizer of seafood crêpe with lobster sauce, followed by butternut squash soup and tossed green salad with roasted-tomato and shallot vinaigrette. The main course – traditional roasted turkey with pan gravy – will be served with quinoa and apricot dressing and lingonberries, mashed potatoes and sautéed mixed vegetables. Dinner concludes with house-made pumpkin pie. Full beverage service is available.

Dinner is served from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The price is $37 for adults, $16 for children ages 7-12 and $10 for ages 4-6, plus tax and service charge. Reservations are recommended; please call 801-742-3500.

Monday, October 31, 2011

La Nina...what's going on?

We've heard it's going to be another La Nina winter and some of you might be wondering what that means. Our Ski Utah friend and blogger, Jodi Saeland, who is also a meteorologist, sums it up for us on her recent Ski Utah post.

We'll see how it all shakes out through the winter, but in the meantime, we are expecting snow tomorrow at Alta and later in the week too. If you haven't made your Thanksgiving plans yet, just remember that skiing at Alta is an option.

Monday, October 17, 2011

...just around the corner

Summer and fall season were spectacular this year as a result of all the snow that fell well into the spring last winter. Fall colors are still stunning on the lower elevations with the snow covered mountains hinting at winter.

It won't be long before winter is here and we're all skiing that great Utah powder!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Yoga Retreat This Weekend

The annual fall yoga retreat with Kim Lynn is October 14-16. The all inclusive retreat includes seven yoga sessions throughout the weekend, lodging and meals. Participation is limited to 20. For complete details, please visit the web page.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Last chance for Sunday Brunch

Sunday, October 9 is the final Sunday Brunch for the summer season. And the current forecast shows a mostly sunshine for a beautiful day in the mountains. The menu is too extensive to list but includes eggs Benedict, waffles, chicken curry, unique salads, breads and a desert table that will have you going back for seconds.

Last chance until next summer...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall Season

Fall season is here and the spectacular fall colors are changing by the day at Alta. It's 74 degrees today at Alta which is a near perfect temperature for a hike or walk in the mountains. Take advantage of the nice weather while you can as before we know it, winter will be here.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Weekend Hiking

It's not often that you can find Columbine and Indian Paintbrush along with many other flowers in bloom in September. That was the case over the weekend as a number of hikers headed to Albion Basin to take advantage of the great weather and beautiful wildflowers still in bloom.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

2011-2012 Ski Adventures

Looking for something different for your next ski trip? Here's our list of Ski Adventures for next season.


Alta, UT--Alta Lodge specialty ski adventures are immersion programs for skiers who want to advance their skiing skills in a multi-day ski experience. Select instructors from Alta Ski School or guides from Utah Mountain Adventures spend the day with participants in the mountains, and then join them for après ski and dinner. Lodging, breakfasts and full dinners are included in the ski adventure rates. Many participants return each year for these great experiences. For more information, visit or call 800-707-2582.

Alta Performance Ski Camp l December 4-8, 2011 & April 10-14, 2012

This ski camp is for advanced to expert skiers who want to take their skiing experience at Alta and Snowbird to a new level. The camp takes a progressive approach to coaching skiers off the hill as well, instructing them in dry land training for better skiing fitness. Includes four nights lodging, full breakfast and dinner daily, three days ski coaching, dry land training sessions, three days of lift tickets, demo skis and boots, tax and Lodge service charge. Rates: $1,995 per person, double occupancy or $2,471 single.

Backcountry Ski & Splitboard Clinics l January 24-29, 2012 & March 13-17, 2012

This three-day course with guides from Utah Mountain Adventures teaches skiers and snowboarders the fundamentals during three full days of backcountry skiing and snowboarding. Participants learn avalanche awareness, beacon rescue, safe route selection, efficient uphill travel with climbing skins on skis and split snowboards, and downhill skiing and snowboarding technique, while experiencing legendary Wasatch backcountry touring. Includes four nights lodging, full breakfast and dinner daily, backcountry lunch on ski days, all instructor/guide fees, five yoga sessions (March only), tax and Lodge service charge.
Rates: Jan: $1,915 per person, double occupancy or $2,508; Mar: $2,160 per person, double occupancy or $2,863 single.

Powder Tracks Powder Ski Camp l January 7-12, 2012

This unique ski program makes it easier, faster and more fun to learn to ski Alta's famous powder snow. Powder Tracks makes it possible for intermediate and advanced skiers to move to the next level of expertise in the shortest time possible. Includes five nights lodging, full breakfast and dinner daily, four days of instruction, four days of lift tickets, demo skis and boots, tax and Lodge service charge. Rates: $2,790 per person, double occupancy or $3,531 single.

Women’s Ski Camps for Intermediate to Advanced Skiers
January 19-23 & March 29-April 2, 2012

Just for women, these camps bring together the best of the Alf Engen Ski School's instructors for three days of instruction in a fun environment where skiers can challenge themselves, improve their technique and meet some new ski buddies. Includes four nights lodging, full breakfast and dinner daily, three days of instruction, three days of lift tickets, demo skis and boots, two yoga sessions, tax and Lodge service charge. Rates: $2,211 per person, double occupancy or $2,804 single.

NEW! Women’s Ski Camp for Advanced to Expert Skiers l February 2-5, 2012
Our newest women’s ski camp is designed for the advanced to expert off–trail skier who is looking for a challenge. This program will teach the techniques to ski steeper lines confidently in all conditions.
Includes three nights lodging, breakfasts and dinners, two days of instruction, two days of lift tickets, two days of demo skis and boots, tax and Lodge service charge. Rates: $1,534 per person, double occupancy or $1,979 single.

For both skiers and non-skiers, we’ve added a yoga retreat with instructors from our annual spring and fall yoga retreats. It’s a great way to start the ski season, with morning yoga, afternoon skiing and evening yoga.

NEW! Winter Yoga Retreat l December 9-11, 2011
At this yoga retreat, participants will have time to unplug from their daily routine and join the flow with an intense, rhythmic yoga practice. Ski time is available in the afternoons. Open to yoga practitioners of all levels. Includes two nights lodging, breakfast, and dinner daily, five yoga sessions, tax and Lodge service charge. Rates: $575 per person, double occupancy or $675 single.

Monday, August 15, 2011

9th Annual Knitters Retreat Sept. 23, 24 & 25

Each fall, Alta Lodge hosts the annual Rocky Mountain Knitters' Retreat at the end of September. Knitters and fiber artists gather for a weekend to focus on their craft without all the daily distractions. Participants have an opportunity informal instruction or to get tips from other knitters. Everyone gathers together for meals and conversation. The fall colors are spectacular this time of year. The retreat is fun way to dig into knitting or fiber craft projects that have been put on the back burner for too long. Visit the web page for more details or contact our reservation office to reserve a space.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Summer Moves into August

August is into the second week now and although the days are getting shorter, the sunshine is radiant and the daytime temperatures are near perfect at Alta. The majority of the snow has melted but some higher elevation patches still remain. Hard to believe it did melt after getting so much last winter!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Update on hiking and flowers

As you can see can from the photos, most of the snow has melted around Alta. The flow in Little Cottonwood Creek has slowed a lot from two weeks ago. Flowers are coming out and the mountainside is lush with vegetation. The summer road to Albion Basin has not opened as of today but it should be opening soon. Hikers have been on the trail to Cecret Lake and Cardiff Pass. Moose have been spotted along the Lower Rustler snow cat road. In other words, it is summer at Alta.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

6th Annual Wine Pairing Weekend July 2 & 3

The next holiday is just around the corner and we've planned our annual wine pairing to kick-off the weekend. Join us on Saturday evening for this fun event that begins with a reception at 6 pm followed by dinner at 7. Our wine pairing evening features six courses with 9 wines, two wines to accompany each of the three demi-entrees. Once the evening comes to a close, you'll retire to your lodge room and then join us for Sunday Brunch in the morning.

The complete package is $181 per person, double occupancy and includes wine, dinner, lodging, Sunday Brunch, tax and service. To make your reservation, call 800-707-2582 or go to

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Summer Season Opening

Alta Lodge kicks off the summer season this weekend with Sunday Brunch. Sunday Brunch starts June 5, with Chef Paul Raddon and Sous-Chef Sam Wolfe preparing items from around the globe. Selections include hors d’oeuvres, freshly-baked breads and pastries, Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, chicken teriyaki, chocolate decadence cake and crème brûlée. Outdoor and indoor seating is offered, with live acoustic jazz music featuring Tully Cathey and Keven Johansen. Brunch is served from 9:30 am to 2 pm. Prices are $22.95 for adults, $12.95 for kids ages 7-12 and $5.95 for those under age 6. The Lodge will be open for lunch on Saturday beginning June 11, from 11 am to 2 pm. Hikers and cyclists with hearty appetites can enjoy lunch on the deck with a menu selection that includes appetizers, salads and sandwiches. Full beverage service is offered. For reservations, call 801-742-3500.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Writers at Work June 9-12

Open to the public, Writers@Work presents its annual intensive summer writing conference — three days of workshops, discussion, consultations and readings at Alta Lodge. Leading classes will be Brigham Young University professors John Bennion and Lance Larsen, as well as retired University of Utah professor David Kranes. Other writing teachers include Abigail Thomas, a fiction and memoir writer who teaches at New York’s New School, and novelist Kent Meyers, who teaches at Black Hills State University in South Dakota. Editors David Borgenicht, president and publisher of Quirk Books, and Margaret Dalrymple of University of Nevada Press will be on hand for special consultations.

Register by June 3 at

Monday, April 18, 2011

Join us for the end of the ski season at Alta Lodge

The coming weekend will wrap up the winter season for Alta Lodge. Lodging is still available throughout the week and weekend, with Saturday, April 23 being the last night for overnight guests.

On Friday, April 22, the Alta community will be hosting Alta’s 1st community Earth Day Fair with crafts, vendors, outdoor activities, workshops and a volunteer/job fair. Visit Alta Community Enrichment's event page for details.

As winter winds down and spring turns into summer, we'll reopen with Sunday Brunch beginning on June 5 and Saturday Lunch will start June 11.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

May Yoga Retreat

May 27-29, 2011

Yoga instructors Kim Lynn and Carrie Maurine Smith will lead seven yoga sessions throughout the weekend. The retreat begins Friday morning with sessions that include: sunrise pranayama, power, inversions, depth, partner, restore and meditation, and an evening Kirtan music session. The retreat concludes on Sunday afternoon. Participants will also have time to hike, rest, relax and read.

The retreat includes three days of yoga and two nights of lodging and meals. Meals include Friday lunch and dinner, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. The price per person is $450 for double occupancy and $550 for single occupancy. Tax and service charge are included in the price. Early sign up is encouraged as the retreat is limited to 20 participants. For additional information, call 801-742-3500 or e-mail

Friday, March 4, 2011

News update for April

Here's some good news for April skiers. If you stay at Alta Lodge during beginning April 1, an Alta/Snowbird lift ticket is the same price as an Alta ticket. For $64 you can ski both ski areas--a savings of $24 a day!

We'll be open for guests this season until April 24, providing special activities during our Spring Celebration. If you have never experienced an Alta Lodge mountain picnic, you're in for a treat. This was one of Bill Levitt's preferred spring skiing experiences. Last spring we brought back the spring picnic and decided to make it an annual event. We hope you can join us--it's a lot of fun.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Yes indeed, it is March 1 and today Alta has a 149-inch base. We received 115 inches of snow in February, according to Alta's snowfall history. With all of the snow on the ground and more to come, spring skiing this season is going to be extended: Alta will open another two months!

Some things to keep in mind: Kids' Free from April 3 - 24, 2011

Spring Celebration March 26 - April 24 -- lots of fun free things being offered to Alta Lodge guests.

Daylight saving time begins on March 13 meaning lots of longer sunny days (with powder days too).

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

40-inch storm total

Presidents' weekend was a bonus weekend for skiers this year. A two-day storm brought in more snow than expected with a 40-inch storm total. From all accounts, the skiing was epic. The total base depth at Alta is now 148-inches -- over 12 feet of snow! We still have over two more months of skiing ahead of us so you still have time to get in a ski trip to Alta this season.

Our friends at Backcountry Magazine stayed with us for a few night in January. They experienced some great backcountry skiing while they were here and have shared some images on their web site.

If you want to give backcountry skiing or snowboarding a try, we have 3-day/4-night clinic this spring that is a great introduction course.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Historical Alta

We like this story about Alta and Alta Lodge. If you are unfamiliar with the history of Alta, this article provides you with some background. It includes some great photos as well. Alta, UT

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding

Alta Lodge is a great launch pad for backcountry skiing and snowboarding. Unfamiliar with the Wasatch Mountains backcountry? Relax. We make it easy for newcomers to the sport. If you enjoy hiking and can ski or snowboard off the groomed slopes, you're set to try the backcountry with a three-day guided clinic with Utah Mountain Adventures. Guide Winslow Passey has a great description and video on her blog. No equipment? No problem. Rental equipment is available for participants. More information and details are on our web site.

Monday, January 31, 2011


February starts tomorrow and single digits are in the forecast for the first two days--dress warmly as the wind will be blowing too.

With that in mind, Spring Celebration is longer this season--March 26-April 24. More daylight hours, warmer weather and mountain picnics are all part of the fun. Kids stay and eat for free from April 3-24 if they stay in the same room with their parents for a minimum of four nights. Book now for spring skiing!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Devil's Castle is Heaven on Skis

Have you skied Devil's Castle at Alta? This account tells it like it is this season.

One of these is the famous Devil’s Castle at Alta Ski Resort. Accessed directly off of Sugarloaf chairlift, Devil’s Castle is only opened when the snow pack is deep and stable enough to safely cover the huge stretch of mountain. When the gates open, skiers shuffle across a short traverse to access an open bowl stretching 1,500 feet across. With hardly any trees and over 500 feet of open, steep, terrain, a run down “The Castle” has led many to utter the words, “best run of my life.” more