Despite its reputation as a mountain for advanced skiers, Alta offers terrain every level. Skiing Alta is about exploration of its 2,200 acres, which are suprisingly varied.Alta can be divided into five areas. Moving from East to West (roughly up canyon to down canyon) they are:
The area serviced by the Supreme Lift features some nicely groomed and ungroomed blue terrain, as well as some challenging blacks and a hike-to in-bounds runs reminsicent of backcountry terrain.
Unsure intermediates should start out from the Albion base. The Albion and Sunnyside Lifts accesses the resort's gentlest green terrain, several blues and even some mellow, confidence-building blacks.
The mid-mountain SugarloafAlta intermediate powderSkiing in Utah is all about powder and Alta is renowned as having the best of the best, so there's no better place to try powder skiing for the first time. Avoid going into areas that are so flat that you may get stuck in the fluff and have to trudge your way out. Ballroom is a good ungroomed intermediate run to try. It is a wide-open bowl accessed from the top of Collins. In poor visibility, skip Ballroom and other wide bowls until you are familiar with the terrain.