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Alta-Snowbird, Utah

Steep, deep, and cheap – three words that sum up the winter experience in the Alta-Snowbird area. The two resorts at the head of Little Cottonwood Canyon, are a staple for ski bums who consider work just a means to keep skiing and often have a mysterious “illness” that flares up with precipitation. Alta is famous for its “No Snowboarding” policy and Snowbird for its loose ropes, open bowls, and jealous ogling. If you can’t choose between the two, buy a One Pass and ski both with ease. Little Cottonwood Canyon’s classic watering holes, the Rustler and the Peruvian, will surely fuel tomorrow’s stoke but you might miss first chair if you stick around too long. Just like Big Cottonwood Canyon, the Alta-Snowbird area opens up to equally-as-addictive mountain biking, hiking, climbing, and fly fishing during the summer months.

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Featured Mountains in Alta-Snowbird

Mountain Approx. Elevation
The Pfeifferhorn 11,329 ft (3,453 m)
Sugarloaf Mountain 10,669 ft (3,252 m)
Mount Wolverine 10,764 ft (3,281 m)
Mount Tuscarora 10,617 ft (3,236 m)
Mount Superior 11,037 ft (3,364 m)
Hidden Peak 10,974 ft (3,345 m)
Flagstaff Mountain 10,541 ft (3,213 m)
Davenport Hill 10,079 ft (3,072 m)
Devils Castle 10,850 ft (3,307 m)