"The coolest ski lodge in the US" - Forbes
Live the Alta dream this winter! Alta Lodge is a family-owned ski & summer lodge and restaurant located at the base of the mountain in Alta, Utah. Come find out what it’s like to have Alta’s 2200 acres of legendary terrain and unbeatable powder snow right in your backyard!
Alta Lodge is ski-in, ski-out to the main Collins lift at Alta Ski Area, located at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon outside Salt Lake City. Alta is less than an hour from Salt Lake International Airport, but it's a world apart, at 8600 feet base elevation in our little box canyon.
About Alta Lodge
"Alta Lodge is a great place to work. They actually care about their employees -- increasingly rare in today's world. If you are fortunate enough to work at the Lodge, you’ll live in Little Cottonwood Canyon, ski your brains out, fill your belly with good food, and work with a great group of people."
- Dr. Ken Libre, MD, Alta Medical Clinic
We offer a friendly and respectful living and working environment, terrific food, and awesome ski time. Employee housing in the Lodge is available on a limited basis. Our employees love Alta Lodge!
The Employee Experience
We have about 80 employees during the winter, sharing our commitment to outstanding guest service and creating a friendly and comfortable atmosphere for our guests from all over the world. We strive for excellence in our work and we are equally passionate about our winter recreation and our community in Alta. The rich history combined with true ski culture at Alta Lodge is unmatched.
Many of our employees stay with us for multiple seasons, traveling or working elsewhere in the off-season. For winter employees who may be interested in year-round employment, employment opportunities may be available during the summer season as well.
This year, join the Alta Lodge family and experience the magic of an Alta winter for yourself! You will ski more powder than you ever have, while you live, work and play with some of coolest people you’ll ever meet. You will walk away with lasting memories and lifelong friendships. Just be careful—you might never want to leave.
We are looking for friendly, energetic people who are committed to excellent guest service and who love to ski or snowboard. We have fun, and we work hard. We prefer (but don’t always require) that you have a college degree, and we generally require that you be 21 or older to work here.
Room and Board
Lodge employees have the option to live in the Lodge (if available) or live out (seasonal housing is usually available to rent in Sandy or Cottonwood Heights). Employee housing in the Lodge is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Room & board is $200 per month; there is a different (higher) pay scale for live-out employees. Living in the Lodge is a great way to avoid driving the Canyon road (often snowy) and enjoy a commute of less than one minute to work.
Employee housing is mostly dorm-style with shared rooms and shared bathrooms. Employees have access to three meals a day during specified times as well as 24-hour access to fruit, cereal and other snacks plus a fridge and microwave in the employee room. Our employee food is the best in the canyon and there are always vegetarian options available!
- Delicious food
- Ample ski time
- Ski-in, ski-out housing
- Great people and perfect location – living up in Alta is a once in a lifetime experience!
- Discounts on gear, ski tunes etc. from our local ski shops
- Great local ski swap for canyon employees and locals in early December
Getting Here and Getting Around
Alta Lodge is just 45 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport. There is limited free public parking available for employees during the winter, but due to heavy snowfall and frequent road restrictions, we recommend not bringing a car. This is the employee's decision.
For employees flying into Salt Lake and not bringing a car, we are happy to arrange shuttle transportation to Alta. Employees may also ship skis and gear ahead by UPS.
At the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Mountains, Alta is known for its steep terrain, backcountry access, and nearly 550 inches yearly average of the best snow anywhere. Alta is “a classic, minimalist, hardcore hill that brings in pilgrims from all over the world in search of one simple salvation: powder.” – Ski Magazine. This is the mecca for diehard skiers and powder hounds, and just one winter here will change your life forever. And for beginners - there is no better place to learn.
Alta continues the tradition of skiing only, but for snowboarders, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort is just a mile down the road and there is easy bus transportation available between the two resorts.
Alta Lodge employees may choose to get an Alta or Snowbird season pass through the Lodge, with no deposit required. An Alta-Snowbird dual pass upgrade can also be purchased, for employees who would like to experience all of the incredible terrain that Little Cottonwood Canyon has to offer.