Resort Rundown: Alta Lodge

The beautiful Alta Lodge opened it doors in 1939, securing its sport in Little Cottonwood Canyon history as Alta’s first ski lodge. The lodge is located at the base of Alta Ski Area, providing guests with the ability to ski-in and ski-out, and Powderbird’s heli facilities are extremely accessible (just down the Alta Bypass Road—but we’ll pick you up and drop you off from the Lodge, so you don’t have to worry about that). The Alta Lodge is also conveniently located just 32 miles from the Salt Lake International Airport. In other words, you can rent a car or catch a shuttle and be at the Alta Lodge within the hour! Where else can you do that?

Alta Lodge Overlooking Alta Ski Area

The Alta Lodge’s small size (57 rooms) allows guests to feel comfortable and “at home” in between long days of skiing Alta’s famous powder. In addition to the “steep and deep” expert terrain Alta is world-renowned for, you can find many runs and several lifts dedicated to beginner and intermediate skiing, making the Alta Lodge a great choice for skiers of all ability levels. And with 547 average inches of snowfall, everyone is guaranteed to have fun at Alta.

Dining & Amenities

Breakfast and a four course dinner is included with your stay, setting the Alta Lodge apart from its ski town counterparts. You have the option to enjoy dinner at a private table or meet new skiing friends by joining a larger group in the dining room. I’ve already had the privilege of tasting the delicious food prepared by the Alta Lodge, but here is a sample menu to get your mouth watering:

Alta Lodge Dining Room


Cracked Wheat Bread
Tuscan Tomato Soup
Greek Feta Salad with Lemon Mint Vinaigrette


French Cut Broiled Rack of Lamb with a pinot noir reduction and sauce soubise served on a bed of mashed Peruvian blue potatoes

Farfalle with a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce served with wild mushrooms and sautéed mixed vegetables

Panko Crusted Filet of Mahi Mahi with a kiwi cucumber tomato salsa and lemon basil oil, Thai shrimp rice and gratin of fennel


Pear and Hazelnut Frangipane Tart

The Alta Lodge also boasts two saunas (one for men and one for women), shared hot pools facing the resort, a picturesque sundeck, free wireless internet, guest ski lockers and even boot dryers in every room! Grab some snacks and a travel toothbrush at the Alta Lodge Store. Enjoy a massage in your room from Cottonwood Canyon Massage.

An East facing room in the Alta Lodge

Enjoy a drink and cozy up in front of the fire at the Sitzmark Club, while taking in the mountain views. In 2011 USA Today even named the Sitzmark Club one of the “Top 10 Great Places for Aprés-ski Nightlife”.

Alta Lodge Sitzmark Club

The Alta Lodge is also the only Alta accommodation open during the summer season. If you find yourself in Little Cottonwood Canyon during the off-season, treat yourself to some tasty Sunday Brunch and stunning mountain scenery on the Lodge’s patio.

Alta Lodge Summer Brunch

For more information, please call the Alta Lodge directly at 800-707-2582 or e-mail them at


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