COVID-19 UPDATE: Please check with individual organizations and venues for specific requirements regarding health precautions.


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Alta Environmental Center

Alta Environmental Center

Alta employees rely upon the Environmental Center to guide us to be better stewards in the Alta environment and in our lives. As part of Alta Ski Area’s economic and social foundation, our skiers and community look to us to be stewards of the private and public lands on which we operate.

Along with our internal efforts, we look to our local, national and world communities and environments to see where, when and how we may be a part of broader efforts for the common well-being. As the stewards of our privately owned and Forest Service permitted lands, it is our duty to ensure Alta addresses the challenges posed by increased visitation, development, and growth. The Alta Environmental Center’s day-to-day work includes three primary duties:

🌱 Pursue sustainability internally for Alta Ski Area through the conservation of energy, water, land, and business.

🌱 Act as a resource to our community in an effort to promote more sustainability initiatives through partnerships and stewardship.

🌱 Encourage and foster environmental education and research through internal and third-party collaboration.


Our Response to COVID-19:
  • Managing skier capacity. We will determine daily mountain capacity based upon weather, snowpack, available terrain and the capacity of our indoor facilities. Daily capacity will be managed through available parking on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Frequent road and parking updates. Please check for road and parking status updates before skiing Alta.
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  • Creating Space. Physical barriers and signage will be used to allow physical distancing. Standing in lift lines, ski tips to tails naturally provides distancing between skiers, We will use ghost lanes to provide lateral space between skiers in lift lines. Tables in our restaurants will be appropriately spaced for physical distancing.
  • Riding the Lifts. Skiers will be allowed to self-group and load the chair with those they are skiing with. Lift attendants will not require skiers to ride a chair with other skiers they do not know. Single riders will need to queue up in the regular lift lines as we will not be using singles lift lines this season. We will use ghost lanes to provide lateral space between skiers in lift lines.
  • Cleaning and Sanitization. Cleaning and sanitization strategies will be enhanced in cooperation with CDC, State of Utah and SLCHD guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be readily available for skiers and employees. High-touch areas, restrooms, eating facilities and all common areas will be cleaned frequently.
  • Ski School. The Alf Engen Ski School will start the season by offering private lessons only.
  • Food & Beverage. Menus will be simplified and food will be prepared in advance where possible.
    • Restaurants will have limited seating capacity available to paying guests only.
    • Additional dining space and an outdoor coffee shop have been added to Alf’s.
    • We will have expanded grab-and-go food and beverage options at multiple locations.
    • Grab-and-go food options will be available in the Albion and Wildcat Parking lots.
    • Skiers bringing their own food will need to use their vehicles this season as a “warming hut”.
    • Collins Grill will be closed for the season which will provide additional café seating.
  • Rentals & Retail.
    • The Alta Ski Shop at Albion will offer ski rentals this season. Hours: 9am-4pm beginning October 5th.
    • The rental shop at Wildcat Ticket Office will not open this season due to space constraints.
    • Appropriate disinfection measures will be applied to all rental equipment after use.
    • Shopper density will be limited in the Albion Ski Shop, Wildcat Ski Shop and the new Alf’s Ski Shop.
  • Sunnyside At Three. Due to COVID-19, the Sunnyside At 3 program will only be available for the 2020-21 season via the season-long Sunnyside At 3 Card.
  • Reduction in off-site lift ticket sales.
  • Employee Wellness Checks. Daily wellness checks of all employees will be required prior to the start of their shifts. Employees who are ill will be sent home or asked to stay home. We will comply with SLCHD regulations and orders in regards to reporting positive cases, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine of ski area employees.

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