Alta Snow Report:

The Alta snow report is: 4 out of 13 Lifts open. Resort is open. 16 inches (41 cm) past 5 days. Our model predicted that 8cm (3 inches) of snow fell over 36 hours between Saturday 07 of December at 8PM and Monday 09 of December at 8AM MST at the mid mountain level. Compacted depth will be less. Alta Snow Conditions: .


Fresh Snow Depth:

Long Snow History
8cm
Mon 09 Dec
Origin:Report Origin

Last significant snowfall:

Ankle
8cm
Mon 09 Dec
Origin:Report Origin

Alta snow depths: updated 10 December 2019

Mountain
Upper snow depth:
137cm
Lower snow depth:
137cm

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 10 Dec 2019. 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:

1cm
Dec 05
2cm
Dec 07
6cm
Dec 08
8cm
Dec 09

Resort report:

Resort Closed
Conditions piste
Piste condition:
Powder
Conditions off piste
Off Piste condition:
Next snowfall
Next snowfall:
12cm Thu 12 Dec (AM)
Next significant snowfall
Next significant snowfall:
12cm Thu 12 Dec (AM)
Lift
Lifts open:
4 out of 13
Conditions runs
Resort runs:

Alta snow conditions

  • 0
    Bluebird Powder Days
  • 3
    Powder Days
  • 3
    Bluebird Days

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Alta Snow Depths:

Recorded snow depths for the upper and lower slopes in Alta 2018 - 2019. The long term average for the upper slopes is also shown for comparison.

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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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Snow Depth
Upper
Lower
132cm
132cm
Upper
Lower
117cm
117cm
Upper
Lower
109cm
109cm
Upper
Lower
109cm
97cm
Upper
Lower
82cm
82cm
Piste State
Piste
Fresh
Off Piste
Fresh
Piste
Fresh
Off Piste
Fresh
Last Snow
Amount:
Date:
8cm
yesterday
Amount:
Date:
7cm
yesterday
Amount:
Date:
7cm
yesterday
Amount:
Date:
7cm
yesterday
Amount:
Date:
7cm
yesterday
Next 9 Days
0-3
3-6
6-9
7cm
16cm
0cm
0-3
3-6
6-9
8cm
19cm
0cm
0-3
3-6
6-9
7cm
18cm
0cm
0-3
3-6
6-9
7cm
19cm
0cm
0-3
3-6
6-9
7cm
19cm
0cm
Weather
Tue
partially cloudy
Wed
partially cloudy
Thu
light snow
Mid station 2858m
Tue
partially cloudy
Wed
partially cloudy
Thu
light snow
Mid station 2934m
Tue
partially cloudy
Wed
partially cloudy
Thu
light snow
Mid station 2746m
Tue
partially cloudy
Wed
partially cloudy
Thu
light snow
Mid station 2574m
Tue
partially cloudy
Wed
partially cloudy
Thu
light snow
Mid station 2460m

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.