Alta Expert Skiing

Alta's expert skiing has few peers. 500" of snow and world-class steeps make Alta's black diamonds amongst the most fun in the United States.

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With 35 percent of the mountain dedicated to black diamond trails, advanced and expert skiers have plenty to choose from at Alta. The Collins quad provides access to a wide variety of advanced terrain. Race Course, Sunspot, Yellow Trail, Greeley Bowl, Lone Pine and Alf's High Rustler, to name just a few, are for the expert skier.

Advanced trails below Germania triple chair include Nina's Curve, Schuss Gully and Collins Face. From the top of Wildcat, skiers can choose advanced trails down Peruvian Ridge, Punch Bowl, Rock Gully, Wildcat Face and the Westward Ho Area (which connects with Snowbird resort). The toughest skiing in terms of moguls is Alf's High Rustler; the steepest slope is Gun Sight; and the best for powder are Greeley Bowl and Yellow Trail.

Any expert skiers visiting Alta would be advised to make the short hike required to ski Baldy Chutes and Devil's Castle. Favoured by many locals, the chutes are steep, challenging, and in fresh powder - scintillating.

Telemarking and high-altitude ski-touring is available through the Alf Engen Ski School, and heli-skiing is available through Wasatch Powderbird Guides.

Grizzly Gulch backcountry skiing

New since 2003 is guided backcountry skiing (and boarding) in Grizzly Gulch, located adjacent to the ski area. It's a unique skiing adventure of guided off-trail skiing. The day starts with check-in at the Albion base area, followed by an orientation and continental breakfast at the Albion Grill. Then enjoy a heated snowcat ride to the top of Grizzly Gulch at 10,500 feet (3,200 m).

The guided off-piste trails take skiers and boarders on pitches with an average of 1,500 feet (457 m) of vertical drop. The group may consist of any combination of up to 11 skiers and snowboarders and two guides. Snowcat skiing is only for advanced and expert skiers and riders with strong off-trail skiing skills and experience. Powder skis are recommended.

Recommended Hotels at Alta

  • The Snowpine Lodge Alta

    The Snowpine Lodge

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    Alta Lodge offers a throwback ski vacation experience - no TV's to be found in these guest rooms; the world-famous Sitzmark Club ski bar provides the entertainment.

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    Alta Peruvian lodge is a three-star hotel just a few hundred yards downhill from Alta ski resort base area.

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