Mountain Guide

Alta Trail Guides

 

Beginner

Though Green is only 15% of terrain and confined to the Albion Base, Alta is great for starting out. All Greens are serviced by the Albion double and Sunnyside triple. Beginners can take advantage of the Ski @ 3 program. For only $12 / day or $49 for the season, skiers can access these two chairs and the Transfer Tow from 3 - 4:30pm. Crooked Mile is a nice, long (~1 mile), mostly open groomer. Dipsy Doodle to Home Run is also fun. This area has spectacular views of the upper mountain, highly motivating to perfect your turns.

Intermediate

Blue terrain makes up more than a third of the mountain and is accessible from all 6 of the Lifts. Alta is not only paradise for Experts, despite popular perception. The Intermediate runs encompass many features of the legendary, more advanced terrain - open bowls, powder stashes and trees. These slopes are also gentle enough to get comfortable. Ballroom, to your skier's left from the top of Collins, allows Intermediates to experience Utah's finest Bowl skiing. Enjoy the long, winding Blues from the top of Sugarloaf.

Advanced/Expert

Alta is a playground for Experts. More than half of the marked trails are Black. That's just the tip of the iceberg, if you can see it, you can ski it. For perfectly spaced glades with soft snow, head to Catherine's Area. Wildcat has steep, tightly gladed runs and the slow double keeps the crowds away. Choose your steep line from High Traverse. For the super adventurous, in the right conditions, try hiking to Devil's Castle or Baldy Chutes (check first, they are not always open). There is no end of challenging terrain to explore. 

  • It can be hard for skiers of different levels to stay together as much of the Expert terrain requires some work to access. Most lifts service Intermediate and Expert terrain.

  • There is no differentiation between Black and Double Black runs - observe from the lifts and look out for locals and guides.

Top Trail Picks

So much variety and so many areas to explore. Here are some of our favorites in each category.  
Category
Trail Name 
Description​
Area / Getting There
 

Starting Out

Crooked Mile

Wide open, regularly groomed; generally not too crowded and excellent for working on the basics

Access from the Sunnyside or Albion Lifts, it weaves between the two chairs

Learning

Patsey Marley

Experience loosely spaced trees in the midst of a gentle, wide slope

Take Crooked Mile and look out on your skier's right about one-third of the way down

Burner

Rock N Roll 

Spans the peak to the base of Supreme; often groomed but bumps and trees will keep you on your toes

Exit Supreme to the right to Upper Big Dipper and lookout left for Rock N Roll

Scenic Cruiser

Big Dipper

Generally groomed, Upper/Big Dipper is long, yet wide and gentle with views of Devil's Castle the whole way 

Exit Supreme to the right for Upper Big Dipper and connect to Big Dipper

Bumps (Learning)

Saddle Traverse

Gentle, shorter slope with workable bumps, perfect for learning while weaving in and out

Exit Collins to the right to Mambo and lookout right for Saddle Traverse

Fresh Powder

Ballroom 

Authentic bowl but you don't need to be an Expert; the traverse is just long enough to keep crowds out; its well worth it, steepens moving further right

Exit Collins to the right and follow the traverse to a line you like

Showing Off

Extrovert 

Steep; When groomed show everyone how fast you are; in powder, look sharp in the bumps

Directly underneath the Sugarloaf Lift; take a look on the way up to prepare

Powdery Glades

Catherine's Area

A fluffy playground with soft snow, good variety of terrain and endless gladed runs to explore 

Exit Supreme to the left, requires a 5 - 10 minute walk, continue past Supreme Bowl, traverse further for softer snow 

Steeper Glades

Wildcat Area
   Westward Ho
   Wildcat Bowl

Perfectly spaced glades on steep, but workable terrain; the slow lift keeps crowds out, leaving lots of soft stuff

Exit Wildcat to the right and traverse along the ridgeline; go passed Punch Bowl, look for signs or drop in when you see a pleasing line

Light & Fluffy

Yellow Trail

A powder paradise, wide open bowl with ample opportunities to make fresh tracks

Exit Collins to the left, follow High Race Course and look out on your skier's right

Steep 

Alf's High Rustler 

Visible from town, this legendary run has a 45-degree pitch and drops 1,000 vertical feet; its narrow so make sure your jump turns are sharp

From the top of Collins, follow High Traverse as far as you can, past West Rustler and Greely Bowl

Chutes

Baldy Chutes

Series of gullies from the top of Baldy Peak; Main Chute (44-degree pitch) is the most accessible and opens into Ballroom

Exit Sugarloaf to the right towards East Baldy; this is a strenuous ~25 minute hike, worth it for Experts when conditions are right (often closed)

On Mountain Dining Recommendations

Alta has four places to eat on the mountain. Watson's Shelter is the largest with a range of options for fast casual, fine dining and grab and go. There are also several places between the two bases. For further options see our Snowbird Dining Guide. Our top picks are below:

Alf's Restaurant

Excellent value with convenient access for skiers of all levels (at the base of the Sugarloaf and Supreme Lifts). The food stacks up. While not fancy, the food is hardy, think grilled sandwiches, soups and chilis. The french fries are some of the best in Cottonwood Canyon and the baked goods are fresh. On a blue sky day, sit outside and bask in the breathtaking views. Only downside - the crowds.

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Collins Grill

If you have worked hard all morning and are seeking a break, head to Collins Grill. This inviting, European style bistro takes food seriously. Get cozy by the fire (you can even borrow slippers) and enjoy a multi-course meal. The menu is French inspired and the specials change daily. Expect dishes like butternut squash latkes, spicy lamb skewers, grilled Utah trout, chicken marsala and cheeses from nearby farms. Not the spot if in a rush.  

Watson Cafe

A location play, Watson Cafe, on the 2nd Floor of Watson Shelter, is the place to grab something satiating on the upper portion of the mountain. At Angle Station by the Collins Lift, this down to earth cafe has salads, sandwiches, soups and lays claim to Alta's best 100% grass-fed Utah beef hamburger. No frills, but satisfying to re-fuel between the Ballroom and runs from the High Traverse.

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Alta Java

This tiny coffee shop has a walk-up window located beneath the Albion Day Lodge. Here you’ll find locals mingling, bacon stuffed waffles, hearty empanadas, amazing coffee, and, if you’re lucky, you’ll spy ski patrols on break, sipping some joe while one of Alta’s adorable avalanche pups romps in the snow nearby. Consider sampling the Susie’s Special, a chai latte concoction with two shots of espresso that will likely be whipped up by Susie herself.

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Baldy Brews

This the perfect spot to hydrate / caffenate after a morning shredding powder on Colllins, located in the bottom level of the Watson Shelter, adjacent to the Collins Mid-station. Here you’ll find friendly local faces, delicious espresso, and lots of sweet treats. Hot chocolate connoisseurs won’t want to miss the opportunity to try the Italian Hot Chocolate.

Alta - Happy hippos Baldy Brew
 
Size / Elevation
  • Peak: 11,068ft | 3,374m

  • Vertical Drop: 2,538 ft

  • Main Base: 8,530 ft | 2,600m 

  • Total Area: 2,614 acres |
    (10.6 sq km)

Terrain Overview

​Mountain Range: Wasatch

  • 116+ Trails   

  • "If you can see it, you can ski it" Backcountry access and hiking greatly expands terrain 

Peaks
  • Mt. Baldy (11,068 ft)

  • Sugarloaf Peak (11,051 ft)

  • Devil's Castle (10,920 ft)

Bases
  • Albion 

  • Wildcat

On Mountain Dining

Lift Stats

Uphill Capacity: Not Disclosed

6 Chair Lifts

  • 3   High speed Quads

  • 1   Triple

  • 2   Doubles

  • 5   Surface Lifts

  • 2   Minimum lifts to access             peak from base 

Terrain Mix
 
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Alta Stats

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