75 years..really? Yes! Alta Lodge first opened the doors to skiers in 1940, two years after Alta Ski Area opened. According to Alta Historical Society President David Davenport, “When it [Alta Lodge] opened, it was the epicenter of the social culture at Alta. The love of skiing, powder and après ski were all aspects of a tradition where the focus was skiing. The Levitt family, who own and operate the Lodge, are dedicated to the traditional lodge style, which exemplifies an approach to skiing that gained its roots in Europe and New England—breakfast and dinner included with stay, no televisions, a common dining area and an opportunity for communal social engagement between guests.”
Still owned and operated by the Levitt family, the Lodge continues today with the same traditions it started with. A couple of wings have been added to the original 12-room hotel, along with some updates but the ski lodge principals that started it all are still intact. Fine food, great service and a warm and friendly environment are all part of what makes skiers return year after year to Alta Lodge.
Forbes.com has a nice write up about Alta Lodge, “America’s Most Iconic Ski Lodge”
Margie of the Wasatch was filmed in 1946. It provides a glimpse of skiing in the early days of Alta Lodge and Alta Ski Area.