In September, your annual ski trip might only be a fantasy; or perhaps you’ve decided you’re coming to Alta (good choice!), but you haven’t necessarily figured out the details of where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, or what you’ll do in town once you’ve arrived. Some people think of Alta as just a little mountain village with a couple hotels, a famous ski area, and tons of snow, but these days, Alta, Utah is a full-service ski resort community of independently-owned businesses, with enough commercial variety for you to have a unique experience every time you visit.
First things first: getting to Alta. Several transportation companies owned and operated by Alta locals specialize in picking you up at Salt Lake City International Airport and bringing you straight to Alta. We recommend you skip getting a rental car altogether, as everything in is Alta centrally located around the ski area base facilities.
Obviously, lodging will be a priority if you’re coming to Alta for a few days. If you’re looking for a full-service experience, Alta’s 5 ski-in, ski-out “lodges,” or hotels, are a good place to start. If you’d prefer a condominium, we’ve got you covered with several individual units for rent, and local property management companies that can help you
find your best fit. If you have a bigger group or you’re looking for more space, check out Alta’s private homes for rent, many of which feature huge views of Alta Ski Area and the iconic Mount Superior.
Alta has a diverse and accessible dining scene, both on the mountain and in town. All of our lodges provide a hearty skier’s breakfast and four-course gourmet dinner in the price of your stay, and they’re all open for outside reservations. Each of the ski area base facilities have independent coffee shops and day-lodge dining options, and there are a couple stand-alone, fine-dining establishments both in town and up on the mountain.
How’s your ski gear collection? If you’re thinking about new boots, skis, apparel, or anything else, consider renting from one of Alta’s excellent ski shops, or waiting until you get to Alta to replace your old stuff. Shopping local allows you to demo the latest gear before you buy, to make sure you don’t wind up with boots that are too big, or skis that are too small!
Punctuate your trip with a special experience. Treat yourself to a massage or another spa treatment; book a day of guided powder skiing in the world-famous Wasatch backcountry; schedule a private, on-mountain photography session; or attend a special event hosted by one of Alta’s nonprofit, community organizations, for a deeper look inside what makes the Alta community special.