Alta Peruvian Lodge Blog
During Alta’s warmer climates, there’s no better way to experience the great outdoors than to go mountain biking! There are plenty of great spots around and Alta is well known for its excellent biking conditions. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, there is a course for any skill level and you will experience a thrill like none other. You may even spot some of our unique wildlife in their natural habitat! Our Alta Lodge, the Alta Peruvian highly recommends mountain biking next time you visit for your Alta vacation. (more…)
Alta is a quaint resort town which is surrounded by beautiful scenery and world quality skiing conditions. This is a perfect vacation spot for lovers of the outdoors with wild life spotting, hiking, mountain biking and many more activities on offer. Our friendly Alta Peruvian Lodge staff can help you discover some excellent locations that only the locals know about and also help you find transport, but in the meantime here are five stunning reasons to visit Alta. (more…)
There are many great things to see in and around Alta, Utah and our Alta resort but one of the most amazing to visit, especially if you love the outdoors, is the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, which covers most of Utah and parts of both Idaho and Wyoming. The forest is 2.1 million acres and is filled with stunning lakes, trees and views which will appeal to every outdoor enthusiast.
The forests name is derived from several different historic locations:
Uinta – The native word for “Pine Forest” or “Pine Tree”
Wasatch – An Ute Indian word meaning “low place in high mountains”
Cache – A French word referring to caves where trappers used to hide their furs
What to see near our Alta Resort: Highlights of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Park
There are several beautiful recreation areas and wilderness areas within the parks grounds. While all of them are beautiful, we recommend visiting the Twin Peaks Wilderness Area, which can be found just to the East of Salt Lake City. Originally carved by glaciation and currently remodeled by erosion, this area consists of narrow canyons and high peaks (including Twin Peaks, Superior Peak, and Dromedary Peak) that combine to form a rugged and spectacular display. Much of the higher terrain is classified as alpine and characterized by large cirque basins and exposed rocky ridges.
If you’re just looking for a stunning scenic drive, State Route 190 follows Big Cottonwood Creek along the northern boundary and separates this Wilderness from Mount Olympus Wilderness to the north. State Route 210 follows Little Cottonwood Creek along the southern boundary and stands between Twin Peaks and Lone Peak Wilderness to the south. The canyons of both these creeks are highly scenic, and you’ll find trail heads along both routes.
What to do in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Park?
The park is known for its great hiking trails (although many are considered to be quite strenuous) and beautiful cycling routes as well as:
- Fishing in the lakes
- Picnic areas for day outings
- Nature viewing
And much more!
If you’re looking for a great place to bring the family during your next trip to Utah, our Alta Resort, the Alta Peruvian Lodge, definitely recommends stopping by this stunning park. Whether you’re interested in viewing the scenery, getting some exercise or looking into doing some hunting, fishing or horseback riding excursions, the park and the surrounding areas have everything that you’re looking for. For more information on the park, visit the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Park website.
After a long day of skiing on the famous Alta Mountains, there is nothing better than a nice warm drink or a satisfying large meal to recuperate for the next day. Whether you are going out with friends or family, there are a variety of restaurants, bars and cafes which are perfect for a fun night out before heading back to the hotel.
Enjoy dining while on your Alta vacation
Alta Java – For a hot drink and a tasty snack, look no further than Alta Java. They have one of the best coffee selections in the area and also have some tasty cookies or biscotti.
The Albion Grill – This brilliant grill has been in business for 21 years and for a very good reason, they make delectable homemade food. Their soups, wraps and even cookies are all made from mouth-watering custom recipes.
Baldy Brews – If you’ve worked up a thirst after a day of skiing, Baldy Brews is the place for you. Their selection of Local Uinta micro brews and domestic beer is a great way to relax on the mountain.
Alf’s Restaurant: This restaurant is conveniently located at the base of the Sugarloaf lifts in one of the most scenic dining spots. They serve a range of food such as charbroiled hamburgers, baked treats, fajitas and also claim to have the best fries in the area!
Watson Shelter: Near the Collin’s Lift Angle Station is the Watson Shelter Cafeteria. The famed 100-percent grass-fed Utah beef hamburger is a must try for any hungry visitor.
Shallow Shaft: This intimate dining experience has breath-taking views of the Wasatch Mountains and an eclectic menu with local and organic ingredients. They have won several awards and are now in their 34th season for creative meals such as the Wild Salmon Au Poivre and Niman Ranch Lamb T-Bones.
Why not enjoy your Alta vacation at the Alta Peruvian Lodge?
The Alta Peruvian Lodge has been the preferred destination of holiday makers since 1948 and offers a combination of rustic charm and stylish modern accommodation. We are located directly underneath the mountain with ski-lifts right by our front door. For easy access to some of America’s best skiing conditions and great restaurants, come stay in luxury at the Alta Peruvian Lodge.
Alta isn’t just an excellent skiing, wedding and vacation destination with an annual snowfall of over 500 inches. It also has an interesting history and played an integral part in the creation of the modern day ski resort model. Although the area is now a favoured celebrity hangout and the Park City area annually hosts the famous Sundance Movie Festival, Alta began as a modest mining town and was almost a ghost town at one point.
The history of Utah’s famous Alta Resort Town
Alta began as a mining settlement in the 1880s with the first verified silver claim staked in 1865. Its name is a Spanish word meaning “upper or higher” possibly due to its mountain location. Central City was the name of the first settlement in the area, it only had a few small houses and businesses with a population under 200.
The town peaked in 1872 with 3000 residents, but declining silver values, land issues and inaccessible ore meant the population fell back down to 300 by 1880. Despite several discoveries by the Jacobsen Brothers in the Columbus Mine and the production of silver ore peaking, Alta became a ghost town with only six registered voters in the early 1930s.
Luckily, the mayor of Alta gave acres of land to the U.S Forest Service to develop a ski area in 1937. Norwegian skiing legend Alf Engen was hired to help develop the area, and Alta opened its first ski lift a year later. Its first ski lift was made a year later from pieces of an old aerial mining tram and was home to the second chairlift in American history.
They purchased 86,000 ski lifts in the second season and the first international competition was held in 1940. During World War II, paratroopers from the 10th Mountain Regiment trained on the slopes.
The resort was enlarged again in 1960 because of the growing popularity of skiing and tourists were attracted to Alta’s natural beauty. This unique town has continued to develop over the decades and still holds its place as one of the world’s best skiing destinations.
Interested in an Alta resort vacation? Come visit the Alta Peruvian Lodge
If you want to discover Alta’s interesting mining past and witness its beauty personally, why not come stay at the Alta Peruvian lodge. The classic hotel was built in 1948 and has a delightful mix of rustic charm and modern sophistication. It is perfectly situated right next to the mountain and within just a few minutes of the Alta’s visitor attractions. For more information contact the friendly Alta Peruvian Lodge staff.
When it comes to your wedding, you’ve probably dreamed of the perfect day for years. One of the biggest aspects of having the ideal wedding is the venue for your reception and ceremony, the backdrop for one of the most important days in your life. With so many options available, it isn’t always easy or clear which venue is right for your wedding so, to help make your life a little easier, we’ve written some tips on how to choose the best Alta Utah wedding venue.
Things to keep in Mind When Choosing an Alta Utah Wedding Venue
Depending on the time of year that you’re planning on getting married and how many guests you’re planning on having, it’s important to choose a venue that can accommodate groups from large too small. It’s also important to take into account the convenience of whether or not you want your reception and ceremony in the same location, how many of your guests will need a hotel (if they’re coming from out of town) and how convenient it will be for you to organize your banquet and decorations. When analyzing your venue options we suggest thinking about:
- How many guests you will have
- How many guest are coming in from out of town and will need accommodations
- If you’d like the venue itself to provide food or if you will be using a separate caterer
- Whether you’d like your ceremony and reception to be inside or outside
- Whether you’d like your ceremony and reception in the same location
Once you’ve narrowed your Alta Utah wedding venue options down to a few finalists, it’s important to check their availability and then book appointments to go and visit the locations to make sure that it is exactly what you’re looking for. The last thing that you want is to be unpleasantly surprised the day of your wedding. When visiting locations make sure to bring all of your questions and concerns with you so you can get an accurate picture of how each venue will handle your wedding.
Why Choose the Alta Peruvian Lodge as your Alta Utah Wedding Venue
Whether you decide on an intimate elopement or an extravagant ceremony and reception, Alta, Utah has some great options, including the Alta Peruvian Lodge, where you can take advantage of the picturesque locales that Utah’s mountainous regions are known for. Our beautiful hot summers offer the perfect choice for a sunny, stunning outdoor ceremony in July and August, and this year is no exception. We’re booking up fast, so if you’re interested in our Alta Utah wedding venue, try reading our recent blog post on our Alta wedding services, and contacting our General Manager, Todd Collins at 801-742-3000.
The summer is an extremely popular season for weddings in Alta, Utah, and even though our lodge may be closed to the general public, because of this we’re able to offer some great options for couples hoping to hold their wedding in a beautiful, scenic mountain venue. Our picturesque location offers a stunning backdrop to your special day, and we’ve hosted many happy ceremonies on our grounds, with quite a few already book for the upcoming season! To help ensure that the outdoor grounds are dry enough for the best outdoor event possible, most of our weddings guests tend to book with us no earlier than the end of June, but we are open for events from May onward.
Weddings in Alta Utah – Services
Since our hotel is officially closed for the season starting in April, we’re unable to offer lodging for you or your weddings guests. However, there are rooms available at the nearby Cliff Lodge allowing for you to spend a few days enjoying all that Alta, Utah has to offer in the summer.
As part of our Alta, Utah wedding package that includes a ceremony and reception at the lodge (available for a fee of $2,500.00) we can provide you with:
- Use of our dining room, the Alf Engen Meeting Room and our outdoor grounds
- Chairs and banquet tables as needed for both the ceremony and reception
- Full use of our public restrooms near the reception area
- Changing rooms for you and your guests
- Access to the lodge a few days prior to the event for you to set up decorations and furniture, as well as access to the lodge for a few days after the wedding for decoration and furniture take-down
- Access to the reception area and lodge for without a time-limit the evening of your reception. You can celebrate with your guests as late into the evening as you see fit!
Weddings in Alta Utah – Suggestions for the best Alta Wedding at Alta Peruvian Lodge
Without our regular hotel staff available, we cannot provide food or catering services, however, we can make our kitchens and spaces available to a catering company of your choice for food preparation and staging. To have the best wedding in Alta Utah possible, we suggest hiring a caterer who can provide the appropriate serving and bartending staff as well as their own dishes, silverware, linens, serving utensils, alcohol and can operate independently of a functioning kitchen. If that is an option for you, then our large kitchen-space offers the ideal staging location for your wedding banquet.
If you’re interested in finding out how the Alta Peruvian Lodge can help you have the wedding of your dreams, call our hotel’s General Manager, Todd Collins, at 801-742-3000. Todd can answer all of your questions about staging, what Alta, Utah wedding services we can provide as well as available dates for 2012.
This April is going to be a great time to do some spring skiing in Alta and have some fun participating in some great Alta events, a few even take place at our very own Alta Peruvian Lodge. Check out the upcoming events and remember to book early, spring skiing in Alta is a popular time!
Alta Events in April
April 6th- The Alta Gala is an annual event put on by Alta Community Enrichment, Friends of Alta and Alta Historical Society to raise money for these non-profit organizations as well as awareness of the arts, environment and history of Alta. The event goes from 6:30 to 11:00pm and costs $115 per person prior to March 23rd. After that it is $125 per person.
April 8th – Anyone coming to Alta for some spring skiing needs to take advantage of some of the great Alta events we having during the spring season. One of the best is the Annual Easter Egg hunt that Alta Community Enrichment puts on at the beginning of April. The event takes place at the Alta Java Area of the Albion Grill and starts at 11:00am. The event is open to kids under 12, but eggs go quickly, so make sure to get there on time!
April 6th – April 18th –This year, Alta will celebrate spring with “Alta in April” a week of Alta events for the whole family. These events include the Alta Gala and the Easter Egg hunt (mentioned above) and the many events listed below, and is sure to be a week full of fun for everyone doing some spring skiing in Alta this year. The April in Alta events include:
- Saturday, April 7: Powder House Ski Shop’s Spring Demo Day which will include live music and snacks on the GMD deck (weather permitting)
- Monday, April 9: Apres Ski Pool Party at our very own Alta Peruvian Lodge (Pool Deck, 4-6 pm)
- Tuesday, April 10: Apres Ski at Alta’s Rustler Lodge complete with wine and appetizers (Eagle’s Nest Lounge, 4-6pm)
- Wednesday, April 11: Apres Ski at the Shallow Shaft Restaurant featuring Epic Brewing (4-6 pm)
- Thursday, April 12: Apres Ski at The Snowpine Lodge with ski races in the afternoon on Sunnyside as well as beer and hotdogs at Alf’s Mid-Mountain Restaurant
- Friday, April 13: Freaky Friday Stretchpants and Sunglasses Costumed Ski Day (there are prizes for the “best dressed” which will be drawn on the GMD deck at 3:30 pm)
- Sunday, April 15: First Closing Day of the 2011-2012 ski season
Stay at the Alta Peruvian Lodge: A Great Headquarters for all of your Alta events!
The Alta Peruvian Lodge has been an Alta lodging staple for years, and this spring is no exception. We love spring skiing and we know you will too, so why not call our Alta Lodge staff today and book yourself a room?
Spring skiing is hugely popular in Alta and we have many great Alta events in the local ski areas as well as in town to keep you entertained during your spring skiing getaway!
Alta Events You Can’t miss in March
March 13th – 17th – The Subaru World Freeskiing Championships are coming to Snowbird Ski Area and spectators are encouraged (a valid lift ticket and ski equipment is necessary to access the spectator area). This is sure to be one of the many Alta events put on that are not to be missed by ski enthusiasts. Stop by and check out the great skills of some of the world’s best skiers and show your support.
March 17th – Join Steve Young, the former San Francisco 49er as well as a group of NFL athletes and Olympians for the Steve Young Celebrity Ski Classic on March 17th at Snowbird Ski Area, where they will be raising money for Wasatch Adaptive Sports programs. Presented by the Forever Young Foundation, Snowbird Ski Resort and American Airlines, this fundraiser is a great Alta event that combines the love of skiing with a good cause.
March 22nd – 23rd – If you’re coming to Alta with your kids for some spring skiing, we highly recommend stopping by The Living Planet Aquarium for OffSpring Fling from March 22nd to 23rd an Alta event that’s all about baby animals! With interactive activities, hands-on games, crafts and prizes, this is certain to be a fun day for your whole family and the event is free with public aquarium admission.
March 22nd – 25th – The 26th Annual ACE SnowFlake Festival & Chili Cookoff is being held from the 22nd to 25th of March this year, and will be four days of celebration all about the Town of Alta. One of our top Alta events, the festivities include:
- A kickoff dance party
- Mustache competition
- Snowshoe tours
- Games including: a gnome hunt, tug of war, fly casting contest, potato sack race and more
- Bingo night
- Annual chilli cookoff with prizes in both vegetarian and on-vegetarian categories
Where to stay for Alta Events – The Alta Peruvian Lodge
There are a lot of Alta events going on in March, and when you combine them with the great spring skiing we’re expecting, how can you not book a trip to an Alta lodge today? If you’re looking for a classic ski lodge with great amenities, why not try out the Alta Peruvian Lodge? We’ve been in Alta for over 60 years and we know exactly how to help you get the most out of your spring skiing trip.
Recently we’ve been inspired by a few posts circling the internet on Alta and the various accommodation choices available to visitors. Among those is the Alta Peruvian Lodge, our traditional ski lodge that has been an Alta landmark since 1948. We may be biased, but we think that there are a ton of great reasons to stay at our Alta lodge on during your next trip, and here are a few reasons why.
Why Stay at our Alta Lodge?
- 1. History and Charm. Our Alta lodge has been around for a long time, over 60 years in fact, and because of that, the Alta Peruvian Lodge has developed a unique character that’s hard to find anywhere else. With a classic ski lodge vibe, combined with great “new-world” amenities, our lodge has everything you need to experience a ski vacation, the way it’s meant to be.
- 2. We have everything you need for a fun vacation. From a games room and nightly movie to comfy common room and a great bar (for adult guests) we provide you with the means to create a fun, relaxing ski vacation for your entire group, regardless of age.
- 3. Perfect for relaxing. Looking to kick back after a long day on the slopes? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. With our amazing outdoor pools and hot tubs (which overlook the mountain), sauna and cozy common rooms, we guarantee that you have everything you need to relax after a great day of skiing.
- 4. We feed you! Having your breakfast, lunch and dinner included in your stay (as well as après ski treats) isn’t a common occurrence in the world of traditional ski lodges anymore, but luckily, the Alta Peruvian lodge as well as the other lodges in Alta have clung to the tradition of keeping our guests full and satisfied!
- 5. Great Staff (if we do say so ourselves). Our staff is made up of people who love to ski. That means that we have the passion, expertise and skills to help you get the most out of your trip to Alta. We’ve experienced it all when it comes to Alta, which makes us some of the best resources you can find and we want to share our knowledge with you.
- 6. In-house ski shop. Alta is known for its powder snow and having the right equipment is necessary to get the most out of your ski trip. Our in-house Alta Peruvian Lodge ski shop, is staffed with experienced skiers who know their gear and can help outfit effectively for our ski conditions.
Basically, we love skiing, we love Alta, and we think that if you like either or both of those things then you’ll love staying at the Alta Peruvian Lodge. If you agree why not try our Alta Lodge for your next ski vacation?