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05/16/24
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6 Reasons to Take the Snowbird Tram (Spring and Summer) in Utah

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As the snow melts and vibrant spring colors emerge in Utah’s majestic Wasatch Mountains, a thrilling adventure awaits atop Hidden Peak. While winter in Utah typically steals the spotlight with its powdery slopes, spring and summer unveil a new world of beauty waiting to be explored. And one of the best ways to explore is by taking the Snowbird Tram! The scenic aerial tram is more than just transportation for...

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05/1/24
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10 Most Common Utah Wildflowers (and Where to Find Them!)

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Utah’s diverse landscapes, ranging from alpine meadows to desert canyons, offer a stunning array of wildflowers. Here are 10 of the most common and captivating wildflowers you can find in Utah from Salt Lake City across Northern Utah. 1. Heartleaf Arnica Heartleaf Arnica is a delicate wildflower that stands less than 12 inches tall. It’s characterized by its heart-shaped leaves and bright yellow flowers, which are approximately two inches in...

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02/19/24
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8 Amazing Things to Do in Snowbird Utah in Summer

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As the snow melts and temperatures rise, Snowbird Utah becomes a prime destination for summertime adventures. Visitors will find a wide array of summer activities, including the Alpine Slide, mountain biking, and some of the most incredible hiking Utah has to offer. Get your heart pumping on the Mountain coaster or help the kiddos conquer the mini ropes course and build lasting family memories. Whatever you decide to do, the...

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11/8/23
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The Best Snowbird Restaurants

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Imagine a destination where the majesty of the Wasatch Mountain peaks serves as a backdrop to your dining adventures! While we offer the ultimate in comfort and luxury at Alta Chalets with food stocking, gourmet kitchens, and private chef services, there are some compelling reasons to venture out and explore the local resort restaurants in Alta and Snowbird.  The Alta and Snowbird ski towns boast a treasure trove of culinary...

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10/20/23
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The Best Way to Get to Snowbird (Plus, Where to Park!)

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Nestled within the majestic Wasatch Mountains of Utah, Snowbird stands as a true winter paradise for skiers, snowboarders, and off-slope adventurers. The Snowbird Resort area is located just 27 miles from the bustling heart of Salt Lake City along Utah Highway 210, more commonly known as Little Cottonwood Canyon Scenic Drive.  With over 500 inches of snow and 60 avalanche paths, Little Cottonwood Canyon Drive is considered one of the...

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09/15/23
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Fall Colors in Utah: Guide to the Best Places to See Fall Foliage

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As summer bows gracefully to the crisp embrace of autumn, there’s a reason nature enthusiasts and leaf peepers across the globe turn their gaze toward the Beehive State. Utah is known for its breathtaking natural beauty which transforms into a tapestry of vibrant colors in autumn, setting the stage for unforgettable adventures and fall foliage experiences.  There are endless ways to experience fall colors in Utah. Explore any of the...

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04/21/23
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Relax & Rejuvenate at the Cliff Spa at Snowbird Resort 

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Whether you need to soothe your ski legs after a day on the slopes or are simply seeking the simpler pleasures in life, the Cliff Spa at Snowbird is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate during your stay with Alta Chalets in Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon.  Perched slopeside on the 9th and 10th floors of the Cliff Lodge, the Cliff Spa at Snowbird features 21 treatment rooms, a fitness...

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03/29/23
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Alta’s Scenic Mountain Biking Trails

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Utah’s Cottonwood Canyons are known for their world-class ski resorts with the “Greatest Snow on Earth” and some of the steepest inbound runs in America, but what lies beneath the powder stashes of Alta-Snowbird is equally appealing!  Some of the best hiking and mountain biking trails in Utah’s Wasatch Front begin right here in the higher reaches of the Little Cottonwood Canyon. Spring thaw and mud season begins around mid-May...

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02/20/23
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Top Golf Courses Near Alta to Enjoy This Summer

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Situated high in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, the Alta Ski Area is simply awe-inspiring in any season! As the snow melts, powder hounds trade their skis for hiking boots and mountain bikes to venture out on the trails, plan fly fishing trips along the rivers, mountain climb the jagged peaks, and enjoy world-class golf on some of the most scenic high-elevation golf courses in the nation.  Whether you’re a golfing family...

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01/19/23
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Summer Fun On The Snowbird Mountain Coaster

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There’s more to Snowbird Utah than 2,500 acres of world-class ski slopes boasting the greatest snow on Earth. Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is one of Utah’s best destinations for summer fun!  Situated at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah’s scenic Wasatch Mountains, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort offers alpine adventures in all four seasons. Alta and Snowbird’s laid-back ski culture, iconic snow conditions, and diverse inbound and...

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08/31/22
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The Ultimate Guide to Getting to Alta

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The town of Alta and the world-renowned Alta Ski Area are located at the top of the Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah’s scenic Wasatch Mountain range. Alta is less than 30 miles from downtown Salt Lake City and accessible only on a single stretch of road – Utah’s Scenic Highway 210, aka Little Cottonwood Canyon. Scenic Highway 210 is a glacier-carved corridor that winds up through the Little Cottonwood Canyon...

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06/29/22
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Guide to Wildflowers in Alta, Utah

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Situated at an elevation of 9,500 feet at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Albion Basin sits above the Alta Ski Area and Snowbird Resort and is one of the most spectacular and renowned destinations in the Wasatch Mountains (and the US!) for wildflower Alta viewing.  The wildflower season in Albion Basin is world-famous and draws thousands of visitors to the summer slopes of the Alta Ski Area and Snowbird...

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06/14/22
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Alta

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The Alta Ski Area near Salt Lake City is known for its authentic ski experiences with world-famous ski slopes, an old school ski town, and spectacular alpine scenery high in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. From a bygone era of silver mines, saloons and ski pioneers to a bucket-list destination for year-round outdoor recreation, here’s 10 things you likely didn’t know about Alta, Utah – and endless reasons to add...

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04/29/22
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All About Alta, Utah

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The town of Alta sits at an elevation of 8,530 feet at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, an alpine splendor only 25 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. One of the highest cities in Utah and the US, Alta is world-famous for the greatest snow on earth, alpine adventures, and a laid back way of life that makes Alta unique to other US ski resorts. ...

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03/21/22
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Top Fishing Spots in the Wasatch Mountains

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The town of Alta is nestled in the beautiful Wasatch Mountain only 28 miles from Salt Lake City. Surrounded by towering peaks, steep walled canyons, granite cliffs, secluded trails for hiking and biking, and miles of creeks, streams and high-altitude alpine lakes, Alta is near to some of the top fishing spots in Utah and the Wasatch Mountains. Alta is renowned for its world-class skiing and perfect powder, but the...

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12/30/21
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The Best Restaurants in Alta, Utah

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Alta has a classic ski culture with cozy lodges for fireside dining, patios with views for bluebird days, casual family-style restaurants, upscale bistros and laid back slopeside aprés ski saloons and bars. From kick-starting your day with a shot of caffeine slopeside to shot skiing at a late-night aprés ski venue (and everything in between), there are plenty of cafés, restaurants, and fun aprés venues to indulge in Alta! And...

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09/29/21
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Planning Your Winter Vacation in Alta

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You’re about to embark on a trip to the “Top Powder Destination in the USA” and one of the most scenic mountain destinations in Utah, the Cottonwood Canyons. Big Cottonwood Canyon is home to the Brighton and Solitude Ski Resorts and nestled at the end of the Little Cottonwood Canyon are Alta and Snowbird, a ski area paradise for powder hounds with winter activities for the whole family. Travel looks...

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06/24/21
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Alta’s Top Road Trips

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Alta is a historic mining town and famed Utah ski resort nestled in the heart of Utah’s scenic Little Cottonwood Canyon, surrounded by the beauty and wilderness of the Wasatch Mountains. The Alta/Snowbird area offers an abundance of outdoor activities year-round with the “Greatest Snow on Earth” in the winter and miles of secluded and scenic wilderness in the spring, summer and fall. Whether you’re travelling for world-class winter sports, spectacular...

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05/12/21
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Best Things to Do Near the Town of Alta in the Summer

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Even though Alta, Utah, is known for its world-class skiing and snowboarding, the summer season is a peaceful time to watch the area come alive with colorful wildflowers, diverse wildlife, and summer sports.  Don’t miss the chance to explore the Albion Basin without the distraction of winter tourists. Here are a few ideas of fun things to do in the Town of Alta during the summer!  Hiking  Hiking is one...

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05/10/21
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Summer Guide to Cecret Lake in Utah

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Escaping to the mountains for a winter ski getaway may be the most popular thing to do in Alta, Utah—but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do during the other seasons, too!   One of the most popular outdoor activities you can’t miss when visiting Alta during the summer and fall is exploring Cecret Lake. Here’s everything you need to know about this fun, scenic destination!  Where is Cecret Lake? ...

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01/5/21
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Drinking at Salt Lake City Breweries

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Our favorite Salt Lake area breweries and distilleries. After a steady daily diet of powder, sunshine, and joy on the slopes of the Wasatch, Alta Chalets guests may not realize how many excellent options they have for washing it all down. Despite a history of pious teetotaling that once gave Utah a dry reputation, the state is now home to dozens of fantastic microbreweries and distilleries, about 30 of which...

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10/2/20
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Alta Snowbird Area Transportation

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Once you are at Alta and Snowbird, there is no need for a vehicle. There are very easy ways to get around the ski areas, during the day or in the evening. Free Day Alta Resort Shuttle (Within Alta along Bypass Road during daytime hours) The Alta Free Resort Shuttle runs continually during the daytime (8:30am to 5:00pm) from mid-December (12/17/21) until to mid-April (4/10/22). This shuttle stops at all...

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09/29/20
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Where to Get a Drink in Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon

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Utah’s Wasatch Mountains are known for magnificent alpine scenery, four seasons of epic outdoor recreation, and two of the top-rated ski resorts in the US boasting the best powder on the planet! Nestled at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, the Alta Ski Area has a boozy history and storied past of prohibition but most of the archaic and unusual Utah liquor laws have changed over the years and there...

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