Destination guide

Get the Alta-mate rush in this throw-back ski town

Perched at nearly 9,000 feet above the outskirts of Salt Lake City, the nostalgic town of Alta is a mecca for skiers from near and far, thanks to its dry, powdery snow that make for unrivaled downhill thrills. While the tiny hamlet may be home to just 400 people, it's been known to see half a million visitors a year. Originally founded as a mining town in 1865, today Alta is home to cozy eateries and some truly superb apres ski. An Alta vacation rental will treat you to jaw-dropping scenery that even non-skiers will remember for years to come.

Things to do

See for yourself why Salt Lake is so great

If you can tear yourself away from the slopes, there's plenty to do at your Alta vacation rental. Take some time to explore the historic downtown of nearby Sundance (make sure to stop by the Utah Olympic Park museum while you're there). For a culture fix, head to downtown Salt Lake City, where there's a little something for everyone. Your first stop should be Temple Square, with the city's postcard-perfect Mormon temple, but be sure to save time for the rest of the sights, like the beautiful state capitol building, the Hogle Zoo, and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

Activities

Some of the finest powder you ever did see

Alta is all about the skiing, whether you prefer downhill or cross-country. Though there's no snowboarding in Alta, you can find that at Snowbird Ski Area right next door. If you're a non-skier, fear not - there are plenty of other things to do. At nearby Utah Olympic Park, you'll find summer ziplining, hiking, and ropes courses, as well as year round bobsled rides (medals not included). Trade in the snow for the water at the Great Salt Lake, where you can swim, sail, and boat to your heart's content, and catch some killer sunsets to boot.

Weather

Alta's microclimate: let it snow, let is snow, let it snow

Given its claim to fame as a top-notch ski destination, you won't be surprised to find plenty of the fluffy white stuff at your Alta vacation rental. And by plenty, we mean plenty -- over 500 inches a year, to be exact. Low temps start to dip below freezing as early as October and can stay there as late as May (bring your coziest sweater for that apres ski). High altitudes mean cool summers. You'll see highs in the 60s from June to September, peaking in the low 70s in July and August.

Natural features

There's nothing little about Little Cottonwood Canyon

The air is sure to be crisp and clean at your Alta vacation rental. Set at an impressive 8,950 feet above sea level in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Alta is one of the highest cities in Utah, and even in the country. The scenery from the peaks can't be beat, with idyllic forests and lakes gracing the slopes, along with several rare plant species and even the occasional moose. Vibrant fields of wildflowers blanket the area in the warmer months, so be sure to bring your camera for that perfect Instagram shot.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Alta

The nearest airport is in Salt Lake City, UT (SLC-Salt Lake City Intl.), located 23.6 mi (38 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Provo, UT (PVU), which is 24.6 mi (39.6 km) away.

Where to stay around Alta?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,937 vacation rentals near Alta. From 960 Houses to 2,565 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Alta for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Alta?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Alta:

  • Alta Ski Area: 4,985 vacation rentals
  • Snowbird: 132 vacation rentals
  • Park City Mountain Resort: 1,868 vacation rentals
  • Canyons Resort: 1,279 vacation rentals
  • Old Town: 1,723 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Alta?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Alta. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Collins Ski Lift: 5,755 vacation rentals
  • Sunnyside Ski Lift: 5,744 vacation rentals
  • Albion Ski Lift: 5,731 vacation rentals
  • Supreme Ski Lift: 5,658 vacation rentals
  • Wildcat Ski Lift: 5,751 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Alta listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Alta?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 960 Houses in Alta. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Alta include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2,565 rentals available
  • Cabins: 48 rentals available
  • Chalets: 28 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Alta?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2,574 vacation rentals with pool available in Alta. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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