Alta snow report:

The Alta snow report is: Lifts open - unreported. Our model predicted 6 cm (2.4 inches) of snow fell over the last 6 days between Tuesday 12 of October at 12AM and Monday 18 of October at 12AM at the mid mountain level.


Fresh snow depth:

Long snow history
No recent snow

Last significant snowfall:

Ankle
7cm
Fri 15 Oct
Origin:Report Origin

Alta snow depths:

Upper snow depth:Snow RadarTell us
Lower snow depth:

Alta resort conditions:

Our Snow Report for Alta brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Alta snow report shown below was updated on 18 Oct 2021. Snow Reports are provided regularly throughout the ski season courtesy of our own network of ski resort managers, the Skiclub of Great Britain and Skiresort Service International GmbH. In addition to the current report on ski conditions, we also provide webcams (including a 4 week cam archive), current live observations from nearby weather stations and also historical snow data for Alta.

Last snowfall:

9cm
Oct 12
2cm
Oct 13
6cm
Oct 14
7cm
Oct 15

Resort report:

Resort Closed
Piste conditions:
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Off Piste conditions:
Next snowfall:
8cm Tue 19 Oct (AM)
Next significant snowfall:
8cm Tue 19 Oct (AM)
Lifts open:
Resort runs:

Alta snow conditions

  • 1
    Bluebird Powder days
  • 3
    Powder days
  • 3
    Bluebird days

Snow Radar

Latest snow reports near Alta:

No recent snow reports

No recent snow reports

Alta Snow Depths:

Recorded snow depths for the upper and lower slopes in Alta 2020 - 2021. The long term average for the upper slopes is also shown for comparison.

Snow reports for resorts near Alta

Find the best conditions for skiing and snowboarding near Alta using our Snowfinder page.

Resort
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Webcam
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Weather
Mon
clear
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clear
Wed
clear
Mid station 3240m
Mon
clear
Tue
snow showers
Wed
clear
Mid station 3632m
Mon
snow showers
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snow showers
Wed
clear
Mid station 3384m
Mon
clear
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clear
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cloud
Mid station 1585m
Mon
clear
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clear
Wed
cloud
Mid station 1696m

Notes on the Alta Snow Report

The snow report describes the piste and off-piste ski conditions at Alta. You can submit an updated snow report here. Piste and off-piste are often different so we ask snow reporters to describe Alta piste and off-piste conditions separately. If these details are missing from the Alta snow report, you can predict off-piste conditions using the snow depth, the date of the most recent snowfall at Alta, the Alta weather report and the forecast.

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Alta weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Alta, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Alta. It shows how much snow we think fell then, and the way freezing level, wind and weather have varied through time. You will be able to predict whether to expect off-piste powder, slush, spring snow, ice or wind crust.

If you see a report of powder or fresh snow conditions several days after snow last fell, there is usually a good reason. At crowded ski resorts, off-piste new snow will be tracked out within hours of a fresh fall but wherever crowds are light in relation to the accessible terrain, it will be possible to stay fresh much later, perhaps several days later. Alternatively, strong winds sometimes redistribute powder snow enough to cover old tracks, or it may simply be that the ski area was not fully open for some period after the snow fell, so fresh snow that fell a while ago has remained un-tracked until this report.

Whenever weather conditions change, Alta snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Alta snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Alta snow report on Friday afternoon may indicate fresh powder but if Friday night is mild and rainy then ski conditions will be very poor on Saturday morning. Conversely, if the weather stays stable and cold, the same snow report can be valid for more than a week. We advise that you check the Alta snow forecast to see if conditions are likely to change before your visit.

Many skiers enjoy moguls and fast icy pistes but for off-piste skiers and free-ride snowboarders, fresh snow starts to deteriorate from the moment it settles. Wind, rain and periods of above-freezing temperature are the primary cause of the evolution from fresh powder to windslab, ice or slush. High altitude slopes that are shaded from the sun and sheltered from the wind preserve powder stashes longer after fresh snowfall. If the snow report mentions pockets of powder at Alta, study the Alta piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Alta snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Alta on Friday may indicate powder after recent snowfall but following a sunny and busy weekend, when the locals hit the mountains en masse, the ski conditions (at any resort) can deteriorate rapidly and late arrivals may see very different ski conditions. Of course some people look for deteriorating conditions in the snow report for the likely development of mogul fields but for powder lovers and particularly snowboarders this can mean tracked out off-piste snow. Of course, this doesn’t always happen quickly after fresh snowfall particularly at quiet North facing resorts at high altitude where genuine powder stashes may be found days or even weeks later. It is worth checking the piste map for Alta (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Alta Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Alta snow report we recommend that you check the snow forecasts found in the menu at the top of the page along with our ski resort guide.