1. Skiers only!
2. 1 ½ hours of skiing for only $5 (your first time you will also need to purchase an Alta RFID card for $5 which is reloadable for future trips)
3. Amazing snow
4. Amazing views
5. The Sunnyside Detachable Triple Lift provides easy loading and unloading
Alta offers skiers an opportunity to enjoy a choice portion of the mountain for $5. Beginner runs are primarily available with the After 3 Pass, but there are also intermediate runs and one expert run. Additionally, there are off-run areas where you can ski through trees and find pockets of powder.
Our family has enjoyed After 3 skiing at Alta for several years. We can usually get in four to seven runs while we are there. The short timeframe has been ideal for some of our younger family members who are plenty tired after skiing for 1 ½ hours.
I’d recommend first-timers try another ski area with a shorter learning hill. If you’re just getting started consider buying used equipment. Once you are somewhat comfortable with turning and stopping come to Alta. Some of the runs require that you build and maintain speed or you’ll end up expending extra manual power ski walking.
If you ski Tuesday through Thursday you will likely find sparse crowds. Use the Albion Base parking area which sits above the Wildcat Base parking area.
We have found it helpful to assist our younger children with getting their ski boots on before we make the short drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon. That trick makes getting on the mountain much quicker.
Thanks to Alta (if you have your own ski gear) you can do something active, enjoy amazing scenery and spend time with family and friends for less than the cost of a movie ticket.
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