Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Last Hurrah Last Week

At Alta, we have been all geared up for summer, patio dining and related outdoor adventures. Skiing was on the back burner until next season.  At least that was the common thought.  And then the cold front moved in on June 16 and Alta got 12 inches of snow! Yep, that was the summary on June 17. Seeing is believing--

Of course the snow didn't last long as things warmed up by the end of the week and now flowers are popping out and hikers are hitting the trails.
View from the Sitzmark on June 24, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Mountains Are Calling

Although by the calendar we still have another week or so until it's "officially" summer (4:51 a.m. Mountain Time on June 21), it sure feels like summer at Alta. The snow has melted from Cardiff Pass and the hillside is green. Purple penstemon flowers are on the south side of the seven turns section of the canyon road.The aspen trees are stunning, Little Cottonwood Creek is flowing with nearby waterfalls adding to the current.

For hikers there are numerous trail options in Little Cottonwood Canyon, beginning with the Quarry Trail at the base of the canyon, a good hike for beginners. Further up the canyon at the White Pine Trailhead there are several hikes to lakes that gain quite a bit of elevation and offer spectacular views. The Hikes and Lakes web site provides information on different hikes in the canyon with photos and descriptions.

With Father's Day weekend coming up, it's a great time to head to Alta for walk or a hike and stop in for Sunday Brunch between 9:30 am - 2 pm.  Make a reservation by calling 801-742-3500 or info@altalodge.com