Welcome to Alta, an independently-owned ski area since 1938. Alta is proud to be a ski area and not a ski resort. Nestled at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon deep in the Wasatch mountains, Alta is known around the globe for its powder skiing. With an annual snowfall average of 547” powder days are a way of life here. It’s a magnetic way of life that draws the same employees and guests back to Alta’s community each winter.
Come for the skiing. Stay for the skiing.
Alta ski resort is located 32 miles or about 45 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). It is in Utah’s Wasatch Mountain Range, at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon. You can rent a car or book a shuttle, or you can take advantage of the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) public ski buses. There is free parking at the Wildcat and Albion base areas.
Alta Ski Area and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort offer the Alta-Snowbird Pass which enables skiers to access both resorts' terrain. A connection gate at the saddle separating Alta's Albion Basin and Snowbird's Mineral Basin is used to move between the two resorts. So, get a joint day or season pass.
Leave the car in the parking lot, and use the free Alta Town shuttle. It makes a continuous loop between major areas of the town. During the winter, you must either carry chains or have snow tires on your car to drive through Little Cotton Wood Canyon.