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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Snow Pine Hotel Alta
- Snowpine Lodge Alta, Utah