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  • Upcoming Fireside Chat Salt Lake City: The Art of Alta:  Highlighting the intrepid personalities who helped to create Alta. Presented by Wasatch Mountain Films Tuesday April 8th, 7pm at REI 3300 South, Salt Lake City.  The presentation highlights the intrepid personalities who helped create Alta. From the Norwegian immigrant and ski jump champion Alf Engen, who recommended Alta as an ideal site for a ski resort to the U.S. Forest Service, to George Watson, one of the last remaining silver miners, who helped bring about the development of the resort.   It also explores early avalanche control innovations at Alta as well "big air" competitions at the annual Gelande jumps during the 1960s and ‘70s, and the motive behind the resort's unique no-snowboarding policy."  As part of the presentation we will be showing KUED's documentary "Alta Experience".

  • Upcoming Fireside Chat Alta: "Ski Meister", original film footage of Alf Engen, an American skiing legend, skiing poweder at Atla presented by Neal Sorenson on Tuesday April 8th, 5:00PM, at the Alta Lodge, Alta. Neal Sorenson, ski instructor at Alta's Alf Engen Ski School and board member of the Alta Historical Society, will host the presentation.  The film has beautiful footage of Alf skiing powder at Alta.  He will also share stories and his memories of Alf Engen.   All talks are free, please come and join us. For a sample of last ski season's talks click here.

  • Alta Powder News 75th Anniversary Edition is available, click here to view.
  • Our new "Search" function allows website visitors to locate information from Alta Powder News articles by subject.  To begin a search, go to Database Search.
  • Explore our new Geology of Alta web page including an in depth description of Alta's geological history and how it relates to our outdoor experience.

Alta's 70th Anniversary Poster

AFor the Love of Skiing

Welcome to the Alta Historical Society

Listen to Alan Engen on Radio West with Doug Fabrizio talking about the rich history of Alta featured in the new film The Alta Experience

The goal of the Alta Historical Society (AHS) is to preserve Alta’s rich history, from the mining era of the mid-1800s to the development of Alta as one of the world’s finest skiing destinations. (Mission Statement) Through our web site, we highlight past events, stories about notable characters, photographs, and a map of historical sites in Alta.

The Alta Historical Society, Friends of Alta and ACE hosted the Alta Gala 2014, a fund raiser for Alta’s three non-profit organizations at La Caille on Friday April 4th.  Thanks to all the supporters and everyone who attended it was a great success again.  Each year the Alta Gala selects an individual, or individuals, to give the Stellar Award in recognition for their contributions to Alta's environment, culture and history.  This year we honor Tom Pollard, Mayor of Alta for all his many contributions to Alta. 

We are especially pleased to be celebrating the sixth ski season of the re-creation of the Alta Powder News, Alta’s newsletter highlighting current events in our town and featuring a section on Alta’s history. View our past newsletters on the link above, Alta Powder News Archives. The 75th Anniversary Edition is now available for your viewing.

We hope you find our website informative and entertaining. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments by visiting our Contact AHS page

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