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Snowflakes are for Skiing!

Posted on by Shawn Grant

Snowflakes are for skiing. Alta snowflakes are best. Now that we have that down… have you ever looked at a snowflake up close? As you probably know, some snowflakes are very spectacular and others, well, not so much. Cue MASC… the Muti-Angle Snowflake Camera. Now from the comfort of your own home you can view hundreds of snowflake specimens taken with this new camera. The snowflake camera takes micron resolution stereographic photographs of snowflakes, or hydrometeors speaking scientifically, like these snowflake images here, from three angles, while simultaneously measuring their fallspeed. The camera is currently setup near the Wildcat lift and can be viewed live when its snowing. Click here for more information on how the snowflake camera works.

As you’ll see, there are many different types and shapes of snowflakes that fall up here at Alta. So which type do you want to ski on? I think I’ll go with the light and fluffy looking snowflake… the one that looks just like the Alta Ski Resort logo.

Alta snowflake

The Backside - Alta Ski Resort - Alta, Utah

We did a survey here once and the results were as expected. 100% of our guests preferred getting hit in the face by Alta powder snow over any other powder snow.

Well it’s that time of year again. The crisp autumn mornings have arrived and the first dusting of snow has blanketed the high peaks of Alta. All the locals should have purchased their season ski passes by now. And all the wildlife is getting ready to hunker down for the winter. Now what should you do? Book your Alta ski vacation at the rustic Alta Peruvian Lodge… of course.

We’re looking forward to a great snow year and can’t wait to see all the familiar faces, the new faces, and of course, all the smiling powder faces. Here at the lodge we’ve made a few improvements (more…)

A history of Alta, Utah

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.

Alta Events: Alta in April!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 18thThis 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?

Alta Events in March 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 – 25thThe 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.

Alta Peruvian Lodge - A Favorite Alta Lodge! 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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? 

Alta Events, Alta Ski Lodge EventsMany people like to visit the Alta Peruvian Lodge and other Alta Hotels for the season’s character our town has over the holidays. In February however, we get back down to what we know best, events specifically related to skiing and how you can improve your skills. This February we have a ton of great Alta events going on in the town and we hope that you’re able to take time out of your busy schedules to come visit our Alta Lodge and experiencing them all!

Alta Events in February

February 4th – During weekends in February in the Alta Ski Area, they’re holding Ski with a Ranger days one of their most popular Alta events where a highly trained volunteer from the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation will offer kids a fun learning experience on a groomed run while discussing local history, the environment and winter ecology. The event runs on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm and meets at the bottom of the Cecret Chairlift.

February 14th – What would February be without some great Valentine’s Day Alta events? On Tuesday February 14th at Our Lady of the Snows there will be a wine, chocolate and cheese tasting starting at 7pm. The event runs till 9:30 and is put on by the Alta Community Enrichment program and costs $15.00. The even requires pre-registration so if you’re coming to town with you sweetheart this Valentine’s day why not book early to make sure you can take part in this fun Alta event?

February 18th – 24thTeen Freeride Camps are on during President’s Week in the Alta Ski Area. The camps are for teens aged 13-17 and help them improve their skills and get a better understanding of Alta’s great ski conditions. Skiers are not asked to commit to a certain number of days, making this Alta event perfect for vacationers. Check-in is at 8:30 am in the Ski Adventure Center and the camp runs till 4:30. The event cots $120 a day and includes lunch (doesn’t include lift tickets).

February 24th – 25th – The Telluride Mountainfilm Tour is coming to Alta this February. This informative event which is held at Our Lady of the Snows at 5:30pm on the 24th and 25th costs $5.00 per night and showcases some of the best films of the year from the Telluride MountainFilm Fest. Tickets are available at the door, and since you’re able to bring your own food, why not make a family picnic night out of it?

We still have Alta accommodations available for February but we’re filling up fast, so make sure you book quickly and don’t miss out on any of these great events.

Why Ski Alta?

Posted on by Tim

Skiing in Alta, UT, Alta Accommodations, Alta Lodge Alta Ski Area is often known for its dedicated following of skiers who love it so much that they return year after year, no matter what. Some of the biggest questions we often get asked at the Alta Peruvian Lodge are what makes Alta skiing so great and what keeps those loyal customers returning to Ski Alta year after year?

Ski Alta – The Town and People

Part of the appeal is the awesome powder that the Alta ski area provides ski enthusiasts. Alta is also one of the oldest ski areas in the U.S and many of the lodges (like the Alta Peruvian Lodge) retain their “traditional” ski lodge feel with their classic decor and old-world mentality. We also like to think of ourselves as one of the friendliest ski areas in the world. In Alta we love skiers and we want them to know that they’re appreciated; after all, their passion is what helps us stay in business! While many ski areas the world over end up being overrun by serious skiers and snowboarders who hit the slopes for a living, we like to think that we’ve managed to hold-on to our casual, fun atmosphere, despite Alta’s enormous growth over the last 10 years. The Alta lodges in Alta are by no means comparable to big “resort towns” with flashy nightlife and 5-star amenities. We’re traditional and to some that may mean “basic” but to us that means true to our roots. Without the distraction many resort towns offer, we’re ideal for skiers who come to Alta to do what they love: Ski.

Ski Alta – The Terrain

Alta is located in the Wasatch Mountains at the top of little Cottonwood Canyon, just 40 km east of Salt Lake City, UT. Situated next to the Snowbird Ski Resort, Alta is just 45 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport. Being easy to get to is just one of the many appeals of coming to ski Alta. In terms of terrain and ski conditions Alta has some of the best in the world. The quality and quantity of our powder is world-renowned and with over 891 hectares of skiable terrain, we know that you’ll never run out of areas to make fresh tracks. We’re also known for being an area with difficult terrain, including steeps and tree skiing, making us a great location for more experience skiers looking for a challenge, but we also have many slopes perfect for beginners and intermediates.

Ski Alta and Snowbird

Since 2002, when it became possible to access Snowbird via lifts, skiing Alta and Snowbird together opened up even more terrain for avid skiers to enjoy. The two resorts together offer 26 lifts and over 4,700 acres of terrain making it one of the largest ski areas in the United States.

The Alta Peruvian Lodge – A Classic Alta Lodge Perfect for Skiers Looking to Ski Alta

The Alta Peruvian Lodge has been an Alta lodging staple for years. We offer a rich combination of traditional ski lodge accommodations and fun atmosphere that keeps our guests coming back. If this post has interested you in trying out the great skiing in Alta, why not contact our Alta Hotel staff today.

Alta Events, Alta Hotel Events, Events in Alta, UTAlta is a great place to visit all year-round, but we find that many people underestimate the appeal of coming to visit our Alta Peruvian Lodge in January! While the holidays are a popular time to travel to an Alta hotel, some of our guests find it a little too crowded for their tastes and they prefer coming when the holidays are winding down and taking advantage of some of the great Alta events we have going on after the decorations are put away!

December 31st – On New Year’s Eve, Alta holds its traditional torchlight parade and fireworks! It follows the main cat track and is open for visitors to participate (as long as they can hold a snowplow down the whole track!). If you’re just interested in watching, the Goldminers Daughter is a good location, or you can park along the road for a good view as well. Why not visit Alta for our last seasonal event of 2011, and get the New Year started off right?

January 13th & 14th – Throughout weekends in January 2012 (weather permitting) Alta Ski Area hosts recreational racing which is open to anyone who wants to participate! Gold, Silver and Bronze Alta pins are awarded to winners, which are chosen based on a handicap system by age and gender. These Ski events are a great way to improve your skiing skills, and enjoy a little friendly competition while you’re visiting an Alta hotel.

January 18th – 22nd – The North Face Master’s of Snowboarding competition takes place in the Snowbird Ski Area this weekend and spectators are welcome! This event is a big opportunity for snowboarders with a $15,000.00 cash prize purse going to the winner. All competitors over the age of 18 are welcome, so if you want to show your skill (or just watch some great snowboarding) why not stop by and check it out? This is a ski event not to be missed if you’re in the area!

January 20th – Are you concerned with the environment? Well if you’re staying at an Alta hotel on the 20th why not stop by the Living Planet Aquarium in nearby Sandy, Utah where they’re celebrating National Penguin Awareness Day with everything from a penguin feeding exhibit, to a penguin themed scavenger hunt! If you show up in all black and white or a tux, your admission is free!

Alta Hotel Area Christmas Events, Events Neat Alta, Ut HotelEvery year we get an enormous influx of visitors to the Alta Peruvian Lodge over the holiday hoping to take advantage of the great ski conditions in Alta, Utah, but skiing isn’t the only great thing going on in our town over the holidays! If you’re thinking of visiting the Alta hotel area in November or December, we recommend checking out the following events which are a great way to get into the seasonal spirit.

Gear Swap 2011, December 2 & 3 – The Annual Ace Gear Swap in Alta is a must-visit event at the beginning of the ski season. If you’re looking to upgrade your gear or simply get a great bargain you should stop by the event which shares 15% of every purchase with Alta Community Enrichment. Gear drop off takes place on December 2nd from 3:00pm – 7:00pm while the actual sales take place on December 3rd from 8:00am – 6:00pm. This is an extremely popular event in for guests of Alta, Ut hotels, so make sure to come by early so you don’t miss out!

Holiday Art Show & Sale, December 10 – Looking to buy some unique and local gifts for friends and family back home? Why not stop by this local event which features locally-crafted jewellery, arts and more!

Torchlight Parade & Fireworks, December 24 – A traditional holiday event here in Alta is the Snowbird Santa’s Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks. The event begins at dusk (around 6pm) with a torchlight parade down the mountain followed by a fabulous fireworks display.

The Alta hotel area is a great place to spend your holidays, but don’t wait too long to book! Our hotel is booking up quickly and space is limited. Call Alta Peruvian Lodge today for reservation details.