Alta Ski Area, UT, Surpasses 900″ Snowfall For First Time in Recorded History

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Chest-deep! Credit: Alta Ski Area

On March 24th, Alta Ski Area broke its all-time season snowfall record of 748″ set in the winter of 1981-82. It took less than a week to surpass 800″.

Today, after getting 7″ of new snow in the last 24 hours, the legendary Utah ski area has surpassed 900″ of total season snowfall for the first time in its history. 


Alta is currently sitting at 901″ with a 195″ base.

Despite being the resort with the most snow in North America, if not the world, Alta closed on Sunday, April 23rd. However, the resort will continue to measure snow through the end of April.

Alta Ski Area remains closed to uphill travel. However, the summer road is open with access to Grizzly Gulch and Catherine’s Area.

When traveling uphill in Alta Ski Area, please note the following:

  • Backcountry conditions exist.
  • Hazards are not marked.
  • You are responsible for assessing avalanche hazards and risks.
  • Please treat the ski area as backcountry terrain.
  • Carry and know how to use avalanche gear.
  • There is no ski patrol.
  • You are responsible for your own rescue.

These areas are subject to temporary closures for the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Alta Ski Patrol avalanche mitigation, and/or other operational reasons. Trailhead signs will indicate when backcountry closures are in effect. Updates are available online via UDOT Avalanche, the Utah Avalanche Center, and Alta Central.

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Current conditions. Credit: Alta

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