Alta

“Nobody’s getting rich doing this job. They’re getting paid in powder.” – Dave “Grom” Richards, Alta Ski Area Avalanche Department Director   The National Ski Patrol was formed in 1938, the same year Alta Ski Area was founded. While the National Ski Patrol was formed in Stowe, Vermont as a

By Brian E. Clark When Brent Pratt attended Brigham Young University in the early 1970s, he often ventured up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Alta. He fell in love with the resort, which gets an average of 546 inches of snow each year and is aptly described as a skiers’ Nirvana

  By Brian E. Clark Each winter, more than 2.5 million skiers visit the Wasatch Mountain resorts of Deer Valley, Park City, Solitude, Brighton, Snowbird and Alta. But only a tiny fraction of that number venture off into the backcountry to make fresh tracks in untouched snow.  For good reason,

By Everett Potter Thanks to its deep snow, remarkable mountain scenery and venerable ski traditions, Alta is one of my favorite places to ski anywhere in the world. The legendary resort in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah is the ultimate playground for any skier keen to experience the state’s legendary

By Everett Potter It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Alta Lodge in Utah, which just celebrated its 75th birthday, is unlike any other ski hotel in the world. It resembles a 1940s prep-school dorm with Bauhaus touches—cement-block walls, mid-century industrial Bertoia chairs — but also has floor-to-ceiling windows

By Everett Potter It was 1994 when I first visited Salt Lake City, and at the time, the city gave fresh meaning to the terms “sleepy,” seemingly locked in a time warp redolent of 1950’s America. But what gave it panache was its setting, ringed with snow-covered mountains in a