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  • Alta Historical Society's 2017/2018 ski season will be celebrating Alta Ski Area's 80th anniversary with our annual Fireside Side Chat program, regular presetations througout the season about Alta and the Wasatch Mountains.   Come join us. The presentations are free and last about an hour. Our presentation this week is:

  • The film presentation "Avalanche Control" 
  • 5pm Tuesday March 20th at the Alta Lodge, Alta
  • "Avalanche Control"                                                                                                                                                                                                              This 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 th footage was taken in Alta, Utah.  The late writer and broadcaster Lowell Thomas, a regular visitor to Alta narrated the film.  Its is a fantastic vinatage fil, showing early avalanche mitigation techniques and extraordinary shots of avalanches with many wonderful views of Alta.


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 2018, a fund raiser for Alta’s three non-profit organizations at La Caille Restaurant at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon Friday April 6th.  Thanks to all the supporters and everyone who attended it has bee a great success for the past 12 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.  Last year we honored 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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