Where is Alta Ski Resort?

Alta Utah is located in the Wasatch Mountain Range in the Little Cottonwood Canyon (State Highway 210). The Alta ski resort is only a 45 minute drive from Salt Lake City and its international airport, so getting to Alta is pretty easy.

Some of the outer suburbs of Salt Lake City have economical lodging options that are closer to Alta than the city. Midvale is approximately 17 miles away, whilst Cottonwood Heights (at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon) is 14 miles from the Alta Ski Area. 

Alta Transport

By air & Alta shuttle:
Salt Lake City is a major airline hub, so there are numerous flights into Utah. Many companies provide ground transportation from the airport to Alta, which is a great option if Alta is your only destination. If you want to sample various Utah ski resorts, renting a car would be very handy but not essential.

By car:
From downtown and the airport go east on I-80, south on I-215, take 6200 South exit (turns into Wasatch Blvd) and then follow the signs to Alta and Snowbird.

Little Cottonwood Canyon is very avalanche prone, so sometimes it is closed for avalanche control. Up to date road information is provided on the radio station AM 530.

The Alta lodges provide overnight parking, and there are two day-parking lots. The Wildcat base parking is better for intermediate and advanced skiers, whilst the 2nd parking lot at the Albion base is most suited to beginners.

By bus:
If staying in Salt Lake City hotels you can take the Utah Transit Authority light rail (UTA TRAX) from downtown and transfer to a UTA ski bus. They have frequent pick-ups from multiple stops around the city including 10 different hotels, and it is incredibly cheap. There are also park-and-ride stops at the entrance to the canyon where you can catch the UTA buses.

Another alternative to get there is to use a private Alta shuttle service such as Canyon Hop. Canyon Hop can also get you over to other nearby resorts.

Getting Around Alta

Alta has a free white shuttle bus that makes continuous loops between the bases and along the road to the condos. To get to Snowbird you can either ski over, or catch the UTA bus. Some of the lodges also provide their own shuttle services.

Other Ski Resorts

Nearby Snowbird ski resort is “next door” and just 1-2 miles away by road in the same canyon. Many other Utah ski resorts are less than an hour away.

Big Cottonwood Canyon:
Park City Resorts: Powder Mountain and Snowbasin are about 2 hours away.