Resort Report, Alta
Alta: Home to skiing historyby Kendall Card
Like a first kiss, I still remember my first day skiing Alta, which in true Alta style was the deepest powder I had ever experienced. I’m just one of thousands who happily conjure memories of their early love affair with Alta.
Typically slow to embrace change, Alta made some upgrades this year to their signature rickety lift system. In what some thought would be a heavy blow to the heart and soul of Alta, the Germania and Collins lifts were removed and replaced by a single high-speed quad taking skiers from the Wildcat base to the former top of Germania. Although the mountain does ski differently, locals quickly embraced this change and are exploiting new opportunities for skiing pow on Wildcat.
Sugarloaf also has a new high-speed quad, and Alta upgraded the Supreme lift by getting rid of the old double and replacing it with the triple chairlift culled from the Sugarloaf rebuild. Sunnyside, an excellent beginner’s area, also received a detachable quad. Finally, this year brings the new Watson’s mid-mountain lodge to replace the old, tired Watson’s shelter.
The face of Alta may have changed slightly, but the feeling you get from skiing her slopes will always be the same. Fall in love all over again.
Check Alta's website for more info about 2005-2006 pass prices and lodging reservations.
More Contact info:
Alta Ski Area
P.O. Box 8007, Alta, Utah 84092
Resort Information: 1-801-359-1078
Snow Conditions: 1-801-572-3939
Road Conditions: 1-801-742-3403
Average Annual Snowfall
25% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 35% Advanced/Expert.
10,550 feet at the highest point; 8,530 at its lowest point.
Must Ski Run