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Winter Activities & Services

There's no reason to be at Alta in the winter if you don't ski. But you don't have to be a great skier. The Alta Ski Area Ski School offers Telemark and alpine lessons for all abilities and ages.

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  • Alta ski camps and clinics.
  • 2 cross-country ski tracks. $10 for the Nordic Track Pass to skate the mid-mountain track at Sunnyside.
  • Snowcat Skiing and Heli-skiing.
  • Ski With a Ranger on weekends and holidays at 1:30 p.m., December 16 - March 25.
  • Ski Free After Three at the Sunnyside Lift. No ticket needed.

Winter Activities

Camps and Clinics
The best way to experience Alta Ski Area is through one of their many camps or clinics. Telemark workshops, Ladies Days, and Alta Performance Ski Camps integrate a progressive approach to coaching expert all mountain skiers. The early season Jumpstart workshop helps strong intermediate and advanced skiers get a leg up on the ski season. Teens can take a freeride camp over Christmas and Presidents Day weeks.
Learn to ski powder or Alta's backcountry with the three-day overnight programs out of the Alta Lodge. 800-707-2582.

Cross Country Skiing
Alta has classic and skate skiing on a 5km groomed track near the base but when snow conditions ripen later in the season, they groom a track at mid-mountain which is accessible via Sunnyside Lift with a $10 Nordic Track Pass. Ski and snowshoe rentals as well as lessons are available. (801) 799-2293.

Snowcat Skiing
It doesn't happen every day but when the Alta snowcat goes out, you'll want to be on it. Guides take you off-piste in Grizzly Gulch Bowl after an orientation and breakfast at the Albion Grill. The heated snowcat cranks you up to 10,500 feet for 375 acres of untracked powder or spring corn.
Expert and advanced skiers and boarders can book a seat for $325 for five runs. Make sure you have your powderboards with you. Daily heli-skiing is also available in the area.

Ski With a Ranger
Trained volunteers from the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation lead you on an groomed run where they tell tales of Alta's rich mining history, the nature of the public lands and winter ecology. Meet at the bottom of the Cecret lift, weekends and holidays at 1:30 p.m., December 16 - March 25. It's free!

Ski Free After Three
It's a free-for-all at the Sunnyside Lift every day at 3 p.m. Beginners can spend all day on the flats as Alta's rope tows are free all day long; and then at 3 p.m. catch 1.5 hours of lift riding. No ticket needed.