Apres Ski in Alta

Alta is a friendly and cozy village, centered around the five lodges with their accommodations, restaurants and bars.

Alta Mountain Village

Alta has five lodges, strung out in a linear-type arrangement, and all offer accommodations and restaurants as well as bars and cafeterias.

Created in 1939 with Alta Lodge, Alta is one of the longest-established ski villages in the U.S., and still very popular with well-heeled families who stay in the comfortable but not necessarily luxurious lodges. It’s a quieter village than most, with not many après-ski opportunities apart from the lodges. But everything is within walking distance and the atmosphere is friendly and cozy.

Apres-Ski Bars & Nightlife in Alta

Alta is a quieter village than most, with not many apres-ski opportunities apart from the lodges.

The best places in the resort for après-ski are Goldminer’s Bar, the Alta Peruvian Bar, Sitzmark Club at Alta Lodge, and Eagle´s Nest Bar at Rustler Lodge. The minimum age for consuming alcohol is 21 and children cannot typically accompany parents in bars and other places serving alcohol. A few of the bars have a marked “zone” where children can hang out.

Restaurants in Alta

Most of Alta’s lodges have restaurants with waiter service.

The Alta Peruvian Lodge, Alta Lodge, and Rustler Lodge all have restaurants offering waiter service; the Goldminer’s Bar serves Mexican food. The Shallow Shaft restaurant, opposite Deep Powder House, has a sophisticated menu and an extensive wine list.

Other Activities in Alta

The latest thing at Alta is cross-country or skate skiing, after which you may need one of the massage therapists who will come to your ski accommodations.

The newest thing to do at Alta is cross-country or skate skiing on a three-mile (5-km) groomed track. Track tickets are only available at the Wildcat Base ticket office. There’s a full range of classic skate, telemark, and snowshoe gear with sales of clothing, coffee, shakes and rentals. Lessons are available at the Alf Engen Ski School. Also available is snowcat skiing.

There are four ski stores with rental and retail, but the shopping opportunities are not extensive at Alta-that’s not the reason most people come here. Several massage therapists will come to your ski accommodations to soothe away stressed muscles. Check out the Alta website, www.alta.com, for details.


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