When: April 1 - 5, 2013
Who: My daughter (age 11) and myself (way older than 11)
Bottom Line: We loved the Alta Lodge and the Alta Ski Area! We could certainly stay at the lodge again and recommend it to others (like you!).
Why Alta Lodge:
I looked at all the different lodge reviews on TripAdvisor and was impressed by the number of reviews that said "I've been coming here annually for years" and years meant decades! If there are people willing to come to the same place every year for 30+ years than that lodge must be doing something right. And those reviewers were correct!
The accommodations were small but cozy (we stayed in original section of lodge). The bed was comfortable, there was plenty of drawer space, hangers in the closet and hooks on the doors for our clothes and wet gear, and plenty of shelf space over the sink for all our toiletries. There was a safe in the room for valuables. And we were grateful for the vaporizer/humidifier that helped us sleep better at night. The Aveda products and soft towels and bathrobes just added to the experience.
The food was consistently excellent and I loved that breakfast and dinner were included in the room rate. The breakfast buffet had a wide selection to meet every person's morning preferences in addition to made to order eggs if scrambled was not your thing. The four course dinners were great and while we opted to not socialize at dinner, we loved that the host asked us if we wanted a table for 2 or to sit with others. The tables where couples and singles and sometimes families were put together always seemed to be having an enjoyable time. It should be noted, that while we didn't have any dietary restrictions, the chef at Alta Lodge, if given advance notice, will work with you to meet your dietary needs. I got the sense from other reviews, that he likes the occasional challenge.
The staff were excellent. From carrying our bags to our room, to answering questions to waiting tables in the dining room, the staff were friendly, polite and helpful. No request was too big.
A fellow skier stated that Alta Lodge is rustic and charming yet has all the amenities one really needs. How true! There was an ice machine (ice bags available at front desk, if you need to ice those knees at the end of a day or just need more ice than the bucket can handle). Boot dryers are available in most rooms, though in the original part of the lodge you need to request one. The hot tubs had a great view and were perfect for end of the day soaking. There was a dry sauna if that is what you like at the end of the day. The ski locker (one per room) in the basement was helpful as was the ski in/out ability. There is a ski rental & shop attached to the lodge which made meeting our equipment needs a cinch (all billable to my room). There were games to borrow or use in the communal areas (lobby & deck room) and DVDs to borrow if you brought a lap top. Have to admit I LOVED that there were no TVs in the rooms. It meant that we spent our downtime talking, playing games, reading and enjoying each others' company. While we didn't need to use the Kids' Club, it's cozy corner room looked like fun and we were able to borrow sleds to use after 4:45pm.
The other skiers who were staying at Alta were lovely. We met a number of interesting people who gave us (relatively new to the ski scene) great advice not only about Alta but about skiing in general. Many of the folks we spoke with had been coming annually to Alta Lodge for at least 5 years.
The only drawbacks to the lodge (very minor drawbacks) were that there are a lot of stairs due to the age of the lodge and how it expanded over the years. And the tow rope up to the lodge while WAY better than trudging up the hill in boots with skis over the shoulder, took some getting used to - tended to pull on the shoulder a bit. It would be perfect if a "J" bar or "T" bar or Magic Carpet were installed in place of the rope.
Why Alta Ski Area:
It was recommended to us by a friend who used to live in SLC. When we visited the web page, I liked the fact that ski school and ski rentals seemed reasonable, there were lots of green runs for beginners that are not all at the base of the mountain and therefore a funnel for every skier on the mountain to get to the lifts. And no snowboarders.
The reality of Alta was wonderful. The scenery couldn't be beat. The ski school is excellent (my daughter begged for more ski school as she had such a good time learning -- hooray Debbie & Calvin!). The group lesson I signed up for ended up being one-on-one instruction with a very experienced and articulate instructor who gave me great tips (Thank you Walt!). The base rope tow made getting between lift areas easy. Being able to bill everything except snacks and lunch to my room was fantastic. At the end of our trip, I signed a single bill and went on my way. I also appreciated that the Alta Shuttle could get us to and from SLC airport for less than a rental car and I didn't have to worry about parking. Alta made everything seriously easy.
Cost Benefit to Spring Skiing:
The temperatures were generally in the 40s and 50s at the base during our trip and made for enjoyable skiing though the snow got a bit slushy by the end of the day. Because we came in April we were able to take advantage of two big price savers: 1) Alta Lodge had a deal where in April with a 4 night stay, kids stay and eat free. Our hotel bill was based on single occupancy. 2) Deep Powder House had a special where kids renting skis of 140cm or less, rented free. We saved some bucks!
If we do a ski trip again next year, we will certainly come to Alta and we will definitely stay at the Alta Lodge!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the mountain at Alta Ski Area, Alta Lodge is Alta, Utah's first ski lodge. Full breakfast and four-course dinner are included with your overnight stay during winter season. Our ski in/ski out location, along with warm ambiance, personal service, and exceptional dining, make the Lodge the place to stay for a traditional ski vacation. With Snowbird just a mile away, guests ski the best of Little Cottonwood Canyon's powder with the Alta-Snowbird combined ski pass. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alta Hotel Alta
- Alta Lodge Utah