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  • Alta Historical Society is into the 2016/2017 ski season with our annual Fireside Side Chat program, regular presetations througout the season about Alta and the Wasatch Mountains.   Our next presentation is the 1965 US Forest Service film  "Avalanch Control" narrated by the late writer and broadcaster Lowell Thomas,  5:00pm on Tuesday Feb 21st at the Alta Peruvian Lodge, Alta.  Come join us. The presentations are free and last about an hour.
  • "Avalanche Control" was the first educational film on avalanche mitigation produced in 1965 by the US Forest Service for training US Forest Service Snow Rangers.  Most of the footage was taken in Alta, Utah.  The late writer and broadcaster Lowell Thomas, a regular visito to Alta narrated the film.  It is a fantastic vintage film, showing early avalanche mitigation techniques, many still used today and extraordinary shots of avalanches with many wonderful views of Alta.
  • Our Fireside Chat progam this ski season was a great success and featured some of a collection of vintage Alta films from the generous donation which was provided by our Chairman Emeritus, Alan Engen.   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 will host the Alta Gala 2017, a fund raiser for Alta’s three non-profit organizations at La Caille Restaurant at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon Friday April 7th.  Thanks to all the supporters and everyone who attended it has bee a great success for the past 11 years. You can learn more about the Alta Gala and buy your tickets by clicking here.

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 Trainer Mahon, long time resident of Alta and Avalanche expert for his many contributions to our community.

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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