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“A Friendly Comfortable Lodge”
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Snowpine Lodge
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New Jersey
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10 reviews
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“A Friendly Comfortable Lodge”
Reviewed 14 March 2013

The other reviews are accurate, but I thought I might add a few more details. I just returned from the Snowpine, and I have gone there every year but one for eight years.

First, the Snowpine is slope-side at the Alta ski area. Alta does not have a village or town, it is a ski area. There are bars and shops in the five lodges, but everything at Alta is low key. If you want dancing and wild bars, Alta is not your place. And note that Alta does not allow snowboarding. People go there to ski, and they go to bed early (OK, mostly). There is a lift that connects Alta to Snowbird, and for an additional $33 added to the lift ticket you can ski both. And there is a free bus between Alta and Snowbird, but the last bus is 5 PM. Snowbird has more shops and bars, and much larger hotels.

The Snowpine was built in 1938. If you stay there you are living in an antique. The walls are stone, and it is not decorative; it is what the Snowpine is made of. To go skiing, you go to the lowest floor, get your boots from the heated lockers, put them on in the lovely boot room, pick up your skis from the ski room, walk outside (no steps), ski down a slight hill and grab the rope tow that goes left to the Albion or right to the Collins lift. To return, you take another rope tow up the slight hill. Perfect.

The Snowpine is built into the hillside. From the entrance on the road you must go down a couple of flights of stairs to reach the front desk. If that is a problem for you, get someone from downstairs to help you with your luggage.

The Snowpine has a wide variety of rooms. I used to stay in the men's dorm. The dorm has six alcoves with a bunk bed (twelve men total), a bathroom with a toilet and two sinks, and two showers. It is basic, but 1938, remember? The price was about $130 including breakfast and dinner, and there is no better slope-side rate that I know of.

The original rooms are mostly small, and have either their own bath, or a bath down the hall. Lately I have stayed in the East Wing rooms which were built in 2011. They are totally modern and have a nice bath. Check the web page; the photos are accurate.

The Snowpine has a downstairs common room, a boot room, a fireplace area, and a business center (computer). Upstairs are two more common rooms and the dining room. Breakfast and dinner are included in your room rate, Beer and wine are available, but there is no real "bar". The food is very good, but the menu is mostly fixed, with perhaps a couple of choices. Special diet needs (vegetarian, etc.) can be accommodated. Tables seat four or more, and singles and couples usually wind up seated with other guests. The Snowpine is a very friendly place, and I have met many wonderful people there.

The new owners are fixing up the Snowpine, and the improvements are welcome, even if some of us don't think that they are really necessary, since we love the place as it is. The Snowpine attracts people with widely varying ages and income levels, and many are afraid that the prices will rise. Hopefully it will remain the charming lodge it has always been.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

Snowpine Lodge was a great find and a wonderful surprise. This was our first time staying at Snowpine, and we heard that a lot of renovations have been done. I have no complaints about what has been done, and the staff - Dave, Robin, Taylor, Bennett, and others, and their hospitality really make the experience more enjoyable. The rooms are small and beds are comfy, but there is plenty of common space to store your ski gear, including a heated boot closet, and a large room to hang jackets, helmets, etc. Breakfast and dinner are included, and you certainly get your money's worth. Dinner is 4 courses, and Snowpine has a full range of beer, wine, etc. to go along with the meals. It is ski-in, ski-out to Alta, so no driving needed except down to Snowbird, and you can end the day by the outdoor fire pit or the hot tub. I definitely recommend this place, and will certainly stay here the next time I visit Alta.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

great spot at Alta base of 8500 ft! ski in and out. east wing king room newly remodeled and comfortable. outdoor hot tub on front porch with great view. 4 course dinners and breakfast part of package. the dinners are 5star with picturesque mountain views. i repeat the dinners are really good. good wine and beer served all hours ( i worried about that in utah). very helpful and friendly staff offering to help at every turn. masseuse was very good. internet and cell service was perfectly spotty to let you disconnect. skiing was awesome with 3/4 powder days!!!

Room Tip: we stayed in a private room. i think they also have rooms with shared bathroom downstairs.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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USA
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

We had a great long weekend of skiing at Alta and the Snowpine really made our expereince nice. The updates they have made are terrific. The rooms and the furnishings are a major improvement. Eddie, Charlie, and Robin and really everyone working there were very hospitable.
We want to return again ASAP. But please don't gouge the prices on us now that you are making it nicer or it will be hard to keep coming!! As always we met other nice and interesting guests there...

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

Having been intelligently upgraded in several ways that matter to skiers -- for example the boot room is now excellent -- the Snowpine is a fine choice for an Alta stay if you're willing to overlook the larger, more obvious and more conventional choices (such as Goldminer's and the Alta Lodge). The older rooms can be tight; if that's an issue be sure to get one of the eight in the new wing. Breakfast and dinner are adequate or better. The lodge's atmosphere is modest but comfortable and pleasant. Staff are exceptionally helpful and welcoming. There's more guest-to-guest interaction than in most other places, a plus. The tow -- unique! -- is pretty much a pain. Overall, the Snowpine is hard to beat at the price and a genuine throwback to earlier days of skiing. And Alta is Alta.

Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Seattle
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

Just visited. A definite thumbs up. Been going there for 21 years straight. Dinners are as good as any place in Alta (my guess). New chef Nate is pretty talented guy. They have done a lot of renovations and pumping a bit of money into the cozy place. Very comfortable. Dorms rooms are more private now. All new doors in the place. Everybody very friendly and helpful. They are still sorting out some kinks with the renovations and unfortunately are fixing the impacts due to a broken fire service line last week.

I'd recommend this place to anybody.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2012

A buddy and I stayed at the Snowpine Lodge for a ski weekend in early December. We had a fantastic experience from the second we set foot in the lodge until the moment we begrudgingly left. The location of the Lodge is unreal. You literally suit up and ski down a small hill to the tow-rope. From there its a quick 2 minute ride to two major lifts on Alta mountain.

Breakfast and dinner is included in the stay and WOW the food was good. Breakfast was delicious and a perfect way to get ready for a full day of skiing. Dinner was delicious, each and every night.

The new management is fantastic. The General Manager Robin and Property Manager Eddie went out of their way to make sure every detail of our stay was perfect....and it was.

Overall it was just a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend the Snowpine Lodge for anyone looking for a unique, comfy/cozy, stress-free ski trip.

Room Tip: Opt for smaller rooms if you don't have a need for the extra space. Much of our free time after...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Snowpine Lodge
Address: 10420 State Highway #210, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Alta, UT 84092
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Region: United States > Utah > Wasatch Range > Alta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Alta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Snowpine Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The lodge, with just 22 rooms, offers an intimate feel and personal level of service rarely found at larger hotels. With the addition of a spa treatment room, a new patio and outdoor firepit, upgraded lobbies and new luxurious finishes in the guest rooms, the Snowpine Lodge is perfect for families, couples or small corporate events. Our ski in ski out location and spectacular views combined with the World's Best Snow make this a perfect place to make new memories! ... more   less 
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