Kim Johnson - Alta: a resort for all levels

For all my fellow beginner and intermediate skiers out there, what do you really know about Alta? I visited the resort for my first time this year and left wondering why it took me so long to finally get my ski bum up there!

Last winter, I did a fairly good job of checking out most of the resorts. Except two: Alta and Snowbird. All I knew of the Little Cottonwood Canyon resorts were that’s where my friends, the kind-of-skiers who leave me in their snow dust, go to race down the steep terrain. Back then, I was happy to say, ‘enjoy, you’ll find me on the winding blues at Deer Valley or Canyons’.

But this year, I was talked into checking out the skiers-only resort of Alta. My co-worker, ABC 4 Utah Meteorologist Curtis Ray says “It’s the place where people go to shut-up and ski.”

When I arrived, Connie Marshall, Alta communications director, showed me a trail map of the various terrain levels. She said Alta has equal amounts of blacks, blues and greens. Once on the mountain I could see her point.

Now, even though I have been known to be a wimp on the slopes, I’m fortunate enough to have good friends who push me out of my comfort zone. In the last week, I’ve managed to ski trees and powder for my first time, as well and take baby steps down four black diamonds-- all at Alta, the resort just a year ago I wouldn’t dare to try.

I think it may be fair to say, this year, I will grow into my next ski life at Alta. I can’t wait to see what I’m able to do next.

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