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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Alta Offers Unique 2-Hour Ski Pass

Alta Ski Area opens for the winter season on Friday (Nov. 18). This year the resort will offer a unique 2-hour lift pass, allowing access to the entire mountain from 2:30- 4:30 pm. The pass costs $30 (or just $25 if you are reloading an Alta Card). See the resort's website for more details.

Alta's Ski Free After 3! program has proven that some people have real interest in skiing for a short time period during the day. That program allows skiers to use the Sunnyside Lift and enjoy the gentle slopes in Albion Basin, from 3 pm until closing.

We think the two programs are well suited for people who want to learn to ski - who want to try the sport without having to buy a pricy day-pass. After two hours working new muscles and learning to fall gracefully, many novice skiers are ready to call it a day. And, because the price is low, many will be anxious to return for more punishment.

The 2-hour pass is also appealing to busy folks who can't break away for a full day, but want to get in a few runs after business meetings.

Alta is about 30 miles from downtown Salt Lake City. Drive time is usually only about 45 minutes. Another option is to ride a UTA Ski Bus. You can jump onto a ski bus in downtown Salt Lake, or at many points along the route.

We salute Alta for providing this innovative program to make it easy for people who want to learn to enjoy skiing. With the low price and convenient access, we expect the program to be a winner.

- Dave Webb

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