Tea time occurs daily in the Alta Lodge Deck Room where guests will find freshly brewed tea, hot and cold beverages and baked treats. This week I met Bean Granger and Lyn and John Egsgard and sat down and had a chat with them and discovered all of them have been staying at the Lodge for 40 years.
Bean and her husband David and the Egsgards have been guests at Alta Lodge since 1973, returning every winter during the same week in February. Both couples now have grown children but when the children were young, the entire family came to stay at the Lodge and ski Alta. The Grangers found their way to Alta Lodge through a friend's referral although David first came to Alta in 1946 with his father who was with the Forest Service.
The Egsgards came to Alta Lodge for their honeymoon when they were married in 1973. "I came out to Alta earlier that season for skiing and made a reservation for our February honeymoon," recalled John. They have been coming ever since. When their now grown children were young, the family stayed in the Swiss room. "I would take the youngest one in the backpack to ski and they would pull on my ear to indicate which way to go," added John.
The conversation turned to why they like to Alta Lodge and what keeps them returning annually. All remarked on the proximity to Salt Lake International Airport as being a large part of why they come to Alta. What makes the Alta Lodge so special for all is the informality of the Lodge, the sociable aspect of the environment and the opportunity to meet others while they are staying at the Lodge.