The pre-World War II years were halcyon days for the ski industry in the American West, with more than two dozen iconic ski areas firing up their lifts for the first time – including Alta Ski Area in 1938.
Alta Lodge opened two years later as the first overnight accommodations at the Utah resort nestled at the top of powder stash Little Cottonwood Canyon. The lodge has welcomed thousands of visitors for more than three quarters of a century,– the majority of whom are return customers -- to ski-in, ski-out convenience, gourmet meals, familiar faces and stunning views.
“So many stories have been told over the years about skiing at Alta and staying at Alta Lodge,” Alta Lodge’s Marcus Dippo said. “We want to remember and retell those stories as part of commemorating our history of 75 years.”
As a 75th year special, visitors will get a taste of what it cost in 1940 at Alta Lodge (lift ticket was 25 cents). With a four-night stay, the fourth night costs $18.32 -- what it did 75 years ago – if reserved Nov. 29-Dec. 13.
Also part of Alta Lodge’s long history has been its specialized ski camps. Skiers immerse in instruction and camaraderie in these multi-day intensives at the famed Alf Engen Ski School that include breakfasts and dinners and lodging. Here’s a look at what’s set for 2015-2016:
· Alta Performance Ski Camp, Dec. 6-10, Feb. 21-25, April 2-6. For expert skiers, includes on- and off-mountain fitness and instruction. Cost for one person starts at $2,405.
· Powder Tracks Ski Camp, Jan. 9-14. For intermediate and expert skiers with focus on the deep stuff. Single rate is $3,929.
· Women’s Ski Camps -- All Abilities, Jan. 21-25, March 6-10. Designed specifically for the female skiers of all levels, with emphasis on relaxing, congenial atmosphere. Cost is just over $3,000 for single.
· Women’s Ski Camp -- Advanced to Expert Skiers, Feb. 7-11. Experienced women skiers get individualized instruction for off-trail skiing and varied conditions. Cost $3,030 for one person.
Photos: Top -- The iconic Alta Lodge first opened its doors 75 years ago in 1940 (Alta Lodge/Facebook); Bottom -- Alta Lodge as it looks today prepares for anniversary events (Alta Lodge/Facebook)