Monday, November 21, 2016

Alta's New Opening Date: December 2

Alta Lodge deck November 21
Mother Nature is finally shifting gears! We had a storm come in last week, more snow last evening and it is snowing now.  With a change in the weather pattern, more storms are coming in the next couple of weeks and we are expecting "winter as usual" at Alta.  An 8,600 foot elevation certainly plays to our advantage!

To get excited for your Alta ski vacation, you may be interested in checking some of our favorite weather resources. The national weather service has a Cottonwood Canyons forecast that is good for a 24 hour period.  Their weather synopsis late this afternoon showed:
.Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Until 4am Tuesday...
A pacific storm system will cross the area this evening, before moving east later tonight. High pressure will follow Tuesday, with another system expected Wednesday afternoon and evening

A couple of other local sources popular with skiers:
Professor Powder's Blog  Wasatch Weather Weenies is the product of University of Utah's meteorologist Jim Steenburgh, author "Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth".

The Wasatch Snow Forecast blog is a fun one to follow, especially today as Evan tells us about Storms #1, #2, #3 &'s that for some promising news?

Now you've got some resources to check, you'll have a better idea of what's happening with the weather in Alta and the Cottonwood Canyons.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Ski Conditioning Tips

Are you still thinking about getting in shape for the ski season? Doing a little training before the season starts is invaluable for a more enjoyable experience during your first days on the slopes. Starting the season that way is what most professional and recreational skiers do.

If you need some guidance and encouragement, in the Salt Lake Valley, the University of Utah offers ski conditioning classes that are taught through the orthopedic center. Friends who have participated in these classes have commented on their effectiveness and the quality of the instructors. Their web page also has ski-related articles and tips.

Bosu ball
We're sharing some tips from pros if you want to train on your own but need some ideas on where to start for skiing specific exercises. Burn SLC has some tips you can follow either at home or your local gym.

Ski Utah's fitness blogger Active Alyssa has an article with a focus on using a Bosu ball.  She has photos and instructions for these basic exercises that will give your lower body a good workout.

Budget some training time and you'll enjoy that first day of skiing!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Thanksgiving at Alta Lodge

It's the first day of November and the next holiday, Thanksgiving, is coming soon. Alta is one of the
few ski areas that is open early enough to take a Thanksgiving ski vacation. Many local skiers have a tradition of skiing on Thanksgiving, something that is easy to do if you live in the Salt Lake valley.  Skiers who are not as close to Alta have their own tradition of spending the extended Thanksgiving weekend skiing at Alta and staying with us at Alta Lodge. It's a nice kick-off to the ski and holiday season. The choice to relax in front of the lobby fireplace after a day of skiing or to go grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning up after Thanksgiving dinner, isn't a tough choice to make.

Chef Sam Wolfe and his staff prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. Guests have the option for a private table or they can join a table with other guests. We have several multi-generation famlilies that have established their annual trip during Thanksgiving as well as couples and singles who enjoy the comfortable lodge setting and social atmosphere. 

For families with young children, we offer Kids Stay/Eat for Free with a four-night stay. The offer is for two children age 12 and under who stay in the same room with their parents. It represents a savings of over $200 per night.

Alta and Alta Lodge open November 18. Will you there on opening weekend?