The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 5 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 5 out of 5
  • Intermediate 3 out of 5
  • Beginner 3 out of 5
  • Boarder 1 out of 5
  • X-country 1 out of 5
  • Restaurants 2 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 4 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 2 out of 5
  • Convenience 5 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 1 out of 5
  • Apres ski 1 out of 5
  • Off-slope 1 out of 5

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Key facts

Resort2600 m
Slopes2600-3215 m
Lifts11
Pistes2200 acres
Price index180

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Alta

The upside

  • Steep terrain and, usually, phenomenal snow mean cult status among experts
  • Linked to Snowbird, making one of the larger ski areas in the US
  • Ski-almost-to-the-door convenience
  • No snowboarding allowed

The downside

  • ‘Resort’ is just a scattering of lodges, so not much goes on off the slopes
  • Limited groomed runs for intermediates; limited enjoyment for experts in poor snow years
  • No snowboarding allowed
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    News – 2017/18

    The slow old Cecret and Supreme chair lifts have been replaced by the resort’s third high-speed quad. This will go from near Alf’s restaurant and the base of the Sugarloaf lift to the Point Supreme peak and serve lots of steep black and a few blue runs. Though the new lift can carry 2400 people an hour, the resort tells us it will manage the operating speed and the number of people on the lift to maintain a reasonable skier density.

    Summary

    Alta and linked Snowbird are the powder capitals of the world, and add up to a great area for adventurous skiers. Alta has a friendlier, more personal feel than Snowbird.

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    The slopes

    • Extent 3 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
    • Snow 5 out of 5
    • Queues 3 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
    • Expert 5 out of 5
    • Intermediate 3 out of 5
    • Beginner 3 out of 5
    • Boarder 1 out of 5
    • X-country 1 out of 5
    • Restaurants 2 out of 5
    • Schools 4 out of 5
    • Families 4 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 2 out of 5
    • Convenience 5 out of 5
    • Scenery 3 out of 5
    • Eating out 1 out of 5
    • Apres ski 1 out of 5
    • Off-slope 1 out of 5

    Gallery

    • Alta

    Key facts covers:

    • Alta only

    Key facts

    Resort2600 m
    Slopes2600-3215 m
    Lifts11
    Pistes2200 acres
    Price index180

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