Alta is the Holy Grail of skiing. I After the first day of skiing at Alta, I decided I never wanted to ski anywhere else. Alta is designed for skiing, pure and simple. The combination of great snow, vast terrain, scenery is what drives Alta's aura. The accomidations and lodges can be a bit spartain so all you yuppie wannabe skiers can go to overpriced, overcrowded resorts like Killington, or Park City. Alta is all about skiing and value, not fancy lodges and night life.
The powder on Alta is legendary. There is untouched powder days after a snowstorm. Not having Snowboarders makes a world of difference on the snow quality. If you compare the snow quality between Snowbird(where snow boarders are allowed) and Alta, it can be the difference between night and day. Snowbird is a good day care to drop off your snow boarder if you bring one along.
Thank you Alta for perserving this experience and I hope it always stays that way.