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  • This week's Fireside Chat:
  • On Tuessday March 23rd 5:00pm at Alta Lodge, Alta  " Alta in the 60's".  Bill Shorter came to Alta in 1962 after college and stayed.  His time over the years at Alta include many experiences on and off the slopes.  Come hear Bill share all sorts of fun and interesting stories that he has to tell, from working at the Alta Lodge to times with Chick Morton, Alf Engen and other personalities, who lived in and visited Alta.  He later went on to work at Snowbird and as a manager of the Alta Club, downtown Salt Lake City.  Bill lives with his wife in Salt Lake City.   Click here to see what talks we have had in the past.
  • 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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