The 6 best Alta ski resort area attractions

To state the obvious, a lot of people come to Alta to ski. Alta and Snowbird are two of the best mountains in the area, with the best powder in the country. There are countless articles telling you about the optimal times of year to visit and what slopes to hit when you do.

Maybe skiing isn’t your thing, maybe you’re not here when it’s snowing, and you’re visiting Alta in the summer for the awe-inspiring views and the gorgeous wildflowers sprinkled across the high mountain meadows.

Sometimes you want to do something a little different. If you don’t feel like hitting the slopes or the conditions aren’t great, think about branching out into the surrounding area. There are a ton of attractions in Alta besides snow sports, from catapult-building to buying jewelry made of dinosaur bones to mountain meals. Here’s six more excellent places to wile away your vacation hours in Alta, Utah, and nearby Park City.

1. All Seasons Adventures: If you are looking for an outdoor outfit that has got an extraordinary range of stuff to do, look no further, All Season Adventures has got it all. From horseback riding in the summer to dog sledding in the winter, All Season Adventures has got you covered. Maybe you have a hankering to try a new sport like fat biking, this outdoor guide service will help you discover a new passion. And for that family reunion or corporate retreat, there’s nothing like catapult-building to inspire bonding between team members. Let this guide service handle the details while you explore the Great Outdoors.

2. True North Axe Throwing: If you want to test your strength and athletic ability but you want to do it indoors, maybe axe-throwing would be more up your alley. True North Axe Throwing has relatively cheap rates – $16 an hour, $24 for a 90 minute session – and you can take out all your aggression hurling a deadly, sharpened piece of metal at a bullseye. There’s a catch, though – due to liability issues, you have to use one of their axes to throw and leave your favorite throwing axe at home. Also, make sure to reserve your axe-throwing time a day in advance. Get ready for some sore muscles.

3. High West Distillery: Charming in summer and in winter, this distillery’s got a lot going for it. With ski-in-ski-out availability in the winter, High West Distillery makes its excellent ryes and bourbons right here in Utah. A tot of whiskey is just the thing to warm you up when there’s a nip in the air.

4. Shallow Shaft Restaurant: Twice voted Best Wine List by Salt Lake Magazine (2011 and 2016), the charming Shallow Shaft Restaurant overlooks the Wasatch range. Chef Mike Richey creates an award-winning menu, and the excellent waitstaff are noted for their friendliness and knowledge. End your day with a spectacular view of the sun going down behind the mountains as you sip wine and enjoy a delicious meal.

5. Park City Jewelers: After wining, dining, and sporting, maybe you’re looking for something to remember your trip by. Buying a memento during your trip ensures that you will think of our majestic mountains every time you see it. If you’re shopping for a memory, Park City Jewelers has a ton to choose from.

This jewelry store has baubles made from elk ivory, some of dinosaur bone, and others are grouped by birthstone. They even have a sea life collection. Take something home that you will treasure for a long time.

6. Cottonwood Canyon Massage: If all that axe-throwing, dog-sledding, drinking, dining, and shopping has tired you out, set yourself up with a masseuse from Cottonwood Canyon Massage or at the spa at Snowpine Resort. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as an hour-long massage. Let our professionals work on your muscles until the stress melts away.

If you came to Alta to ski, it doesn’t mean it has to be the only activity you partake of in the area. With a small town feel and the silent grandeur of the Wasatch range, there’s nowhere on Earth quite like Alta. And there is a whole lot more to it than the snow.