Saturday, December 29, 2012

Skiing with the Kids

Like many skiers who become parents, you can't wait for the day until you can actually ski with your kids.  Before that happens, parents might enlist the help of ski school lessons or the brave ones attempt to teach their kids to ski.  Eventually, the kids "get it" and start making turns, want to ski more and can finally ski with you! Maybe it's only two or three runs, in for some hot cocoa and then out for two or three more, but you're finally skiing together. If you were brought up skiing with your family, it brings back fun memories or if you started skiing as an adult, you're ready to start your own family ski memories.

Our Ski Utah blogger friend Jodi Saeland is having fun with her two young children this winter.  She shares their Christmas Eve ski day at Alta with us in her blog and video.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Powder Dreams for Christmas

The skiing over the weekend was on smooth, wind blown pockets of silky snow on slopes perfectly positioned to collect the snow.  The sun was out most of each day, making great conditions with beautiful mountain views. Today is a different story with heavy snow falling since the first of the morning, bringing the season's total snowfall to 160 inches. The storm will continue throughout the day and evening, just in time to bring lots of fresh powder for skiing on Christmas day.

Alta Lodge elves have been busy getting ready for Santa Claus. Following a "good night's sleep", excited boys and girls will be greeted by Santa on Christmas morning in the Lobby.  The excitement won't end there as the rest of the day will bring partially sunny skies and powder skiing.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Snow--it's getting deeper

Powder hungry Alta skiers were lined up waiting for the lifts to open following the series of snow storms that came to Little Cottonwood Canyon last weekend.  Each day brought lots of fresh powder and the cycle continued into Monday.  In the past week, Alta has received 41 inches of snow and now has settled snow depth of 65 inches.  The buzz that was generated as a result of these storms was huge - lots of powder skiing face shots, a sweet video from altacamcom and numerous Facebook posts.  We're still smiling about all the new snow and enjoying skiing in the sunshine today.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Afternoon Tea

Each afternoon, Alta Lodge serves tea, coffee, hot chocolate and fruit drinks in the Deck Room.  Fresh baked goods accompany this long tradition of afternoon tea. This afternoon Ketner was pouring Earl Grey tea, served with chocolate raisin biscotti and blueberry bread. We met two guests who had both just arrived for a five day stay. I discovered one gentleman first started staying with us in 1958 and the other started coming in 1967.  They are long time friends and always come in December, usually with other family members. They're still die-hard skiers after all these years--they must have "Alta" in their blood!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Family Trip to Alta

Alta's getting more snow this week and will be have all lifts open this weekend.  With 95% of the runs open, early season skiing is off to a good start.  Our early season special-- Kids Free--runs through December 15, 2012. With a four night minimum stay, two kids ages 12 and under can stay in the same room with their parents, with breakfast and dinner included at no extra charge.  This represents a savings of up to $200 per day. Wondering how to outfit your kids each season?  Jodi Sealand, a blogger with Ski Utah and the mother of two young children, offers some practical pointers.

Known for powder skiing, Alta has great beginner and intermediate level runs in Albion Basin.  In fact, 25% of the runs are beginner or "green" runs and 40% are intermediate or "blue" runs. Alf Engen Ski School is located next to the Albion Day Lodge--a convenient location for beginner skiers to start their ski day.  Our Kids Club staff will shuttle your children to ski school from the lodge in the morning and then pick them up when lessons are finished--a nice convenience for mom and dad.

Our friend Kristin Lummis (Brave Ski Mom) and her family stayed with us last week.  Kristin chronicled their experience in her blog post "Making Memories at Alta Lodge".

We look forward to seeing you this winter when you'll be making memories of your own.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Packing for Your Ski Vacation

One of the challenging aspects of taking a ski vacation is packing.  With skis, boots, poles, helmet, cold weather clothing and apres ski clothing, it can be overwhelming, especially if you last vacation was at the beach. There are ways to simplify the process, starting with a list.  Mike Doyle from has put together some good tips to help make the process a little easier. 

Something worth considering is leaving your skis at home and renting skis. Bringing boots not only saves on juggling a ski bag with your other luggage but will also save you an extra baggage fee that many airlines charge.  Most ski shops carry high end demo skis and many offer discounted rates for consecutive days. The Powder House is adjacent to Alta Lodge and has a wide range of skis available.

Even the best of us leave items off the list and if you unpack and discover you forgot your toothbrush or sunscreen, you can always pick up those items at the Alta Store next to the locker room.