Alta. Four little letters. One mythic resort. Alta is one of the cradles of American skiing and a visit to Alta can be a bit like a trip back in time – in a good way. Founded in 1938 in an old mining town, Alta is not so much a ski resort as an active, living shrine to the days when visiting a ski resort was not about shopping, not about spas and not about socializing. It was about skiing. Alta was built by skiers for skiers, so when you come to Alta, come to ski, period.