The Snowpine Lodge, located at Alta Ski Area in Utah, offers guests ski-in/ski-out accommodation in a charming mountain setting. This 21-room lodge feels more like a home than a hotel, with four spacious lounges that provide guests with the chance to unwind on comfortable leather couches in front of a fireplace while watching a large flat-screen TV, select a book from the large collection and snuggle up in front of the fire with a cozy blanket, or hang out in the game room and play a board or card game with the kids or watch one of your child’s favorite DVD movies. The Snowpine Lodge provides a comfortable and convenient winter escape. The resort is located about 30 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport, which is about a 45-minute drive. Snow tires and four-wheel drive are recommended.
Rooms at Snowpine Lodge
Although the rooms are small (no closet, safe, refrigerator, or mini bar), the spacious lounge areas make up for it. It is a non-smoking facility and pets are not allowed. Room rates typically range from $115 to $275, with the suite rate at $520. Rates increase based on the number of guests per room. Breakfast and dinner are included in the room rate.
The following types accommodations are available:
- Men or Women’s Dorm: Shared accommodations for the budget-minded skier.
- Private Rooms with Shared Bath
- Private Rooms with Private Bath
- Eagle’s Nest Suite: Can easily accommodate a family since it sleeps up to six people in three rooms.
The East Wing has recently been upgraded to provide modern amenities for those wanting a private room with a full bath.
Some rooms include the following amenities:
- Blue-Ray/DVD Player
- Flat Screen TV
- Cable TV
- Down Comforter
- Radio Alarm Clock
- Bathrobes and Slippers (guests are encouraged to kick off their ski boots and lounge in the provided slippers — not only is it more comfortable, but it prevents snow being tracked through the hotel.)
Dining at Snowpine Lodge
Breakfast and dinner are conveniently included with the price of the room and are served in the dining room — with views of the Alta Ski Area. This means no driving to get meals, which is really handy when the roads are closed due to snow conditions. The lodge does not offer a snack shop.
Guests can fuel up for a full day of skiing by indulging in the breakfast buffet that typically includes items such as pancakes or waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, yogurt, fresh fruit, granola, oatmeal, bagels, coffee, tea, water and juice. The Alta Ski Area offers nearly a dozen lunch options located throughout the mountain. For an après ski snack, in the afternoon guests can help themselves to warm cookies, fresh fruit, coffee, hot cocoa or water. Alcohol is available upon request. Each night, guests are treated to a four-course dinner that includes soup or salad, appetizer, main dish and dessert. Guests select items from a limited menu that is prepared fresh daily by the in-house chef. Menu items might include things such as Smoked Salmon Nicoise, Duck Confit Torchon, Pan Seared Sablefish, or Pho Chay. There is always a vegetarian item available.
Hotel Amenities at Snowpine Lodge
A great way to unwind after a hard day of skiing is to take a soak in the on-property hot tub, or warm up at the outdoor fire pit. For a more relaxing experience, the lodge does have a spatreatment room where guests can book a massage.
Skiing at Alta and Snowbird
As far as access to the Alta Ski Area, the Snowpine Lodge makes it easy. Guests can literally ski from the backdoor onto the ski runs. Alta is a skier-only resort. Lifts run from 9:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The resort has 116 runs covering 2,200 acres, and over 2,000 feet of vertical drop. The elevation ranges from 8,530 to 10,550 feet. After a day of hitting the slopes, guests can catch the rope tow to get back up to the Snowpine Lodge. At the lodge, guests can leave their skis and poles in the ski room located right off the slopes, store their ski boots in the heated storage cabinet, put their gloves, goggles, and helmets in the bin with their room number, hang their ski jackets on the coat rack, and slip into their slippers to head up to their room — without having to lug their gear.
For those wanting to give Snowbird a try, the Snowpine Lodge offers a private shuttle, upon request. Snowbird is located just a few miles down the road and is open to snowboarders. Snowbird has 85 runs on 2,500 acres and has a 125-person tram.
10420 Little Cottonwood Canyon Rd., East Hwy 210
Alta, Utah, 84092, United States