Alta — Getting there and around
By air: Salt Lake City is a major airline hub so flights are numerous from every corner of the continent. Many companies provide well-organized ground transportation. When you make your lodging reservations, ask about ground transportation arrangements and most will make them for you. You also can go directly to the shuttle desks in the airport.
By train: Amtrak’s California Zephyr stops in Salt Lake City (at 4 a.m. coming from the West Coast, but the fare is cheap. From Chicago, the train arrives at midnight). Call (800) 872-7245 or consult the Amtrak Web site at www.amtrak.com.
By car: Alta is 25 miles southeast of Salt Lake City in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Hwy. 210. The most direct route from downtown and the airport is east on I-80, south on I-215.Take 6200 South exit (turns into Wasatch Blvd.) then follow the signs to Alta and Snowbird.
Getting around: If you fly in, you might not need to rent a car. Most of Alta’s lodges have free shuttles to get you to the slopes or to visit neighboring restaurants. Some of Alta’s lodges have shuttles that will take you to Snowbird and free bus service links Alta and Snowbird.
If you plan to ski a lot of other Utah areas, stay in Salt Lake City (see Salt Lake City links throughout the Alta pages). If you stay in Salt Lake City, you can take the Utah Transit Authority light rail (UTA TRAX) from downtown and transfer to a UTA ski bus which takes you to any of the Cottonwood Canyon resorts. Be prepared to make transfers and pay close attention to bus schedules associated with going up and down the canyon. This is convenient and very affordable. The rail cars and buses are remarkably clean. It costs $6 round trip for a Ski Pass. Ski buses have different daily weekday and weekend schedules. They start at 6:53 a.m. and stop around the city and at 10 different hotels. Plan about an hour for total travel time. The only drawback: On Sunday, TRAX doesn’t run from downtown until after 10 a.m. If you want to get to the resorts early, you can call a cab (about $25 one way; still cheaper than renting a car) to take you to the ski bus stop. You also can ride the Utah Transit Authority ski buses for $3 round trip from the park-and-ride at the canyon’s mouth to any of the Cottonwood Canyon resorts (exact fare is required).
Another transportation alternative to get to the resorts are the private transportation services such as Canyon Hop at 801-860-Skii (7544), which is $36 per person round trip from Park City to any of the four Cottonwood Canyon resorts. Canyon Transportation at 800-255-1841, offers a $56 per person round trip from Salt Lake City to the resorts.