The Best Skiing in Alta

Looking for the best skiing in Alta? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Alta. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top skiing spots in and near Alta

  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Ski Baldy's Main Chute at Alta Ski Area

    5.0
    Do you like hiking? In ski boots? Good.You start the hike from the gate to Snowbird at the EBT near the top of the Sugarloaf lift. The start of the bootpack is at 10,500 ft of elevation. From there, follow the likely well established boot pack to the top of Baldy. There is one rather steep sectio...
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  • Alta, Utah

    Spring Backcountry Ski Alta Ski Area

    5 mi / 1800 ft gain
    Still have the skiing itch but it's late in the spring and the resorts have closed and the other backcountry skiing areas have melted? No problem, just head up to Alta Ski Area and get some amazing backcountry corn skiing laps in.  Drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon all the way to the top and park...
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  • Alta, Utah

    Snowshoeing Twin Lakes Pass

    5.0
    4 mi / 1200 ft gain
    Starting at the parking lot near the Albion Basin gate, travel up the summer road until the second switchback. Just past the second switchback and cabins, leave the summer road heading east. The Trail heads northeast into Grizzly Gulch. It should be easy to follow—it gets a lot of traffic. From h...
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  • Alta, Utah

    Backcountry Ski Grizzly Gulch

    1.5 mi / 1400 ft gain
    To get to the Grizzly Gulch trailhead, drive up Little Cottonwood until you reach Alta Ski Resort. Keep left along the road and park in the upper Alta parking lot. Head up the cat track with all the cats and snowmobiles parked to the side. About 100 yards up, you'll take a left and head up the st...
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  • Alta, Utah

    Ski Little Cottonwood Canyon

    5.0
    It's no secret that Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC) is home to some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the lower 48, if not North America. What many people are not aware of is the extremely easy and quick access from Salt Lake City.Enter the Dawn Patrollers. Skiers and snowboarders from Salt L...
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  • 10230 East Little Cottonwood Lane, Utah

    Cross Country Ski Alta Ski Area's Nordic Track

    Drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon until the first entrance into Alta. Park in the Collins lift parking lot, throw your boots on, and head over to the nordic track. Its just next to the tow rope that runs through Albion Basin. Now thats left to do is to step into your skis and ski. The track has a...
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  • Sandy, Utah

    Backcountry Ski Suicide Chute on Mt. Superior

    5.0
    0.6 mi / 1245 ft gain
    First of all it's not as scary as it sounds, or as scary as it looks. That being said it's a steep chute in dangerous avalanche terrain so only experienced skiers with backcountry skiing knowledge/equipment should attempt this route.Suicide Chute is located on the South face of Mt. Superior in L...
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  • Sandy, Utah

    Snowbird Observation Point Trail

    1.04 mi / 118 ft gain
    Snowbird Observation Point Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Mounthaven, Utah.
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Night Photography at Brighton

    4.0
    1 mi / 500 ft gain
    Park at the main parking lot at Brighton Ski Resort and head up the hill (under the Majestic Lift is a good place to start). Hiking is generally easy, even with snow on the ground, due to compaction of the snowpack during the daytime. However, snowshoeing and skinning with skis can be a good alte...
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  • Brighton, Utah

    Photograph Star Trails at Silver Lake

    1 mi
    Silver Lake is one of the easiest, most accessible hikes in the Wasatch, located at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, close to the ski resorts of Brighton and Solitude.The lake is accessible all year; with a boardwalk or a well-signed path circling the lake through spring to fall. In the wi...
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  • Brighton, Utah

    Cross-Country Ski at the Solitude Nordic Center

    Located at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Solitude Mountain Resort is known for it's quaint atmosphere and great downhill skiing. But for those who want to get away from the crowds, try something different, and get a great workout in the process, it also offers 20 Kilometers of groomed cross-...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Snowboard or Ski Guardsman Pass

    4.0
    If you want to escape the crowds and get in some nice powder, then a hike up Guardsman Pass is well worth the effort. To reach the trail, park on the side streets just below the gates to avoid the no parking signs and keep your tires just on the road to avoid getting stuck.When you pack up your g...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Backcountry Ski USA Bowl

    1.6 mi / 1700 ft gain
    To get the the trailhead, drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon until you reach the upper entrance into Solitude Ski Resort. You can park on the road just below the entrance to the resort. Across the street is a road called Old Stage Road, this is where the trail head begins. The road is covered in snow...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Backcountry Ski Willow Fork

    3 mi / 1700 ft gain
    Willow Fork is just across the mountain from Solitude Ski Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon. You can access Willow Fork from a few different trailheads; either from the Willow Heights Trailhead or across the street from both the lower and upper Solitude parking lots. The Willow Heights Trailhead wi...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Backcountry Ski Beartrap Fork

    5.0
    4 mi / 2016 ft gain
    You can access the trailhead to Beartrap by driving up Big Cottonwood Canyon 10.4 miles and parking on the right side of the road. You will see the "Bear Trap Fork Rd" sign on the left side of the road, this is where the trailhead begins. Make your way up the skin track through the dense aspens u...
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  • Brighton, Utah

    Beartrap Fork Trail

    4.29 mi / 2224 ft gain
    Beartrap Fork Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Salt Lake City, Utah.
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