With quality powder and incredible mountain scenery, it’s no wonder the Alta ski area has a reputation for great skiing. For over 80 years, Alta has been one of America’s prime destinations for skiers of every skill level. New snow accumulation in the 2023/24 ski season proves it is still one of the best ski experiences.

So far, Little and Big Cottonwood Canyon has seen one incredible powder day after another. Record snowfall in February within these canyons helped solidify their reputation for having “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” And according to the forecast for March and April, it shows no signs of slowing down. 

The Alta Ski Area

Aerial view of a ski area on a cloudy day with sunlight breaking through, showcasing groomed ski runs, chairlifts, and a base area with buildings. The mountain slopes are dotted with evergreen trees and there are several skiers visible on the slopes.

Alta was one of America’s first ski areas – with the U.S. Forest Service approving Alta as a designated ski area back in the 1930s. Ever since then, everything from the ski lifts to local accommodations has been designed with skiers in mind. The deep powder, annual snowfall, and skiers-only rule make it a prime destination for ski enthusiasts from around the world.

In March 2023, Alta ski area broke its all-time record for season snowfall, surpassing 800″ total snowfall for the entire season. So far, the weather forecast for spring 2024 shows similar temperatures and precipitation to last year, with new snow accumulation that any avid skier can get excited about.

Snow Conditions for Spring 2024

Strong storm cycles in January 2024 kicked off over two months of a very healthy snowpack. Additional storms brought snowy weather and fresh powder days throughout the month of February. The first couple weeks of March have already seen windy storms in the afternoon and evening, leaving fresh packs of snow on bright, sunny mornings atop the mountain.

According to the Alta snow forecast, we can expect snow in the Wasatch mountains to reach its expected March average of around 100 inches! March visitors should expect snow showers to bring the temperature down slightly, as well as south-southwest wind gusts blowing snow towards the northeast. But as a whole, if you’re planning a visit to Alta this spring you can expect a snow forecast of above-average skiing conditions.

Spring Skiing At Alta

A skier descending a groomed slope at sunset, with dynamic skiing posture and snow spray behind.

Now is a great time to plan a spring vacation to Alta. Above-average snowfall and warmer weather mean the snow is the perfect texture for skiers of all levels and abilities. Just the right amount of precipitation allows for deep turns and more control on the slopes, while the light, fluffy powder creates the perfect conditions for beginning skiers.

In fact, spring is considered the “high season” for beginners because the snow is softer and the mountain is less crowded. Spring skiing means kids and newbies can enjoy shorter lift lines and have plenty of room to develop their skills! Sure, plenty of advanced skiers visit the area for its amazing spring skiing, but the majority come at peak times like December or January. 

Recommendations for Visitors

Whether you’re a newcomer to Alta or a seasoned visitor, there are a few things to consider before your trip to the Utah mountains.  These include:

Checking the weather forecast. Be sure to check the weather a few days in advance and plan accordingly. Check things like wind chill values, how many inches of snow are expected, and general conditions of the surrounding areas. 2024’s record snowfall means we expect a pretty steady temperature, but this year’s winds might lead to the temperature falling at random times. Spring sunshine can often mean skiing with just a light jacket, but it’s nice to know when the weather requires more robust snow gear! 

Exploring transportation options. Alta Chalets offers free Alta and Snowbird transportation including shuttles with various stops around the area. If you have a car, check out Alta’s parking reservations page.

Buying lift tickets. Lift ticket prices vary depending on the time of year and expected traffic on the mountain, so it’s a good idea to buy tickets ahead of time. Learn about lift tickets the different ski resorts offer here and buy them online here.

Researching other winter activities. Spring is a great time to ski Cottonwood Canyon, but it’s also the perfect time to try other winter activities like sledding, Saturday snow tours, or just spending an afternoon in Park City. 

Alta Chalets Properties

Alta Chalets represents some of the most exclusive properties in Little Cottonwood Canyon. From cozy condominiums near the base of the mountain to large, mountain-side cabins, our guests always enjoy a unique, personalized vacation experience. Our rental properties are available year-round, but record snowfall means spring is an even better time to enjoy a slope-side condo or luxury cabin just minutes from the ski lifts and more. Whether you’re grabbing a bite to eat at a local restaurant in town or skiing down the mountain slopes, you’ll enjoy fewer crowds if you plan your vacation March-May. Come enjoy Alta in the spring and book your stay today!