If you’ve never been to Alta, it may come as a surprise that you’ll find more than just a ski area. The town of Alta is a small, thriving community wedged along the highway of Little Cottonwood Canyon Road that rallies under the support of the Alta Chamber & Visitors Bureau – which is why skiers will find a slew of spring events happening at Alta the first two weeks of April.

On Friday, April 5, show your support of the arts, environment and history of the town of Alta. Held at Utah’s iconic, chateau-inspired La Caille restaurant, the Alta Gala is an annual event to raise funds for the ongoing programs at the Alta Community Enrichment, the Alta Historical Society and Friends of Alta – organizations that provide activities for visitors and locals, alike. Tickets to the Alta Gala are $125 per person, available through altagala.org.

The weekend continues on Saturday, April 6 with a free spring ski demo at Wildcat Base, where skiers can test out next year’s toys before they hit the shelves in the fall. A handful of après ski festivities from April 7-9 will keep skiers energized after slushing through sunny spring conditions. Head to Alf’s on-mountain restaurant for beer and brats on Sunday; Alta Peruvian Lodge for a slopeside pool party and DJ on Monday; or the Goldminer’s Daughter saloon on Tuesday to sing your heart out during open mic.

Give winter a proper send-off with Alta Earth Day on Friday, April 12. Partake in a full day of kids’ crafts, snowshoe hikes and ski tours with a ranger, plus a recycle ski gear drop-off, an Alta Stewardship booth and eco-friendly ski companies will be on hand to fuel the excitement for the environment.

Lodging deals are plentiful, too. Receive a fourth night free with a three-night stay at Snowpine Lodge, or bring the kids along to Alta Lodge, where two kids under the age of 12 will sleep for free if you book a four-night stay. Whatever you choose, breakfast and dinner are included in lodging prices.

Lastly, flash your pass from any other ski area in the world at Alta’s ticket window between April 1-14 and you’ll automatically receive a $55 full day lift ticket. Be sure to bring a photo ID in addition to your season pass. Or if you're a local Utah student, K-12, bring a current student ID or report card and ski for $15 a day from April 1-4.