While Alta and Snowbird are distinct mountains (note that Alta isn’t snowboard-friendly, while Snowbird is), the next-door-neighbors offer a joint pass called the Altabird, so it’s fun to hit them both on the same day if you can. Alta is Utah’s classic advanced-skier mountain, with some of the steepest terrain in the Wasatch—it’s here that you’ll find a lot of hardcore locals, in part because you can access plenty of backcountry via Catherine’s Pass. Snowbird is famous for its aerial tram, which takes you all the way to the top of the mountain in one ride and has stunning views—like Alta, it’s also home to some steeper, more advanced terrain than the other mountains in the area. Both of these mountains are excellent on a powder day, but you’ll have to beat the locals to get any of the good stuff—expect them to be tracked out by 11am at the latest.

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