The sunny yellow frontage of Snowpine Lodge, primely positioned for enjoying the natural beauty and year-round outdoor escapades of the Alta ski area, emerges from the canyon floor against a steep backdrop of mountain slope and snow-dusted pine. Arrive for winters of top-notch snowsports, and return for summers of wildflower-studded meadows, ripe for dreamy hikes. At Snowpine, the emphasis is firmly on comfort: refuelling, relaxing and recharging for whatever the following day holds. There are top-tier spa facilities to soothe you, whether you’ve hiked all day or not, and there’s no better place to be than out front, bobbing in the year-round pool or in one of the open-air hot tubs with the best view in the house. Inside, hand-picked art works reflect the man-made and natural history of this former mining area, and guest rooms draw you in with calming neutral shades and touches of homey leather and wood. After being made almost too comfortable to leave, you’ll be pining for this mountain marvel for (ski) seasons to come…
10am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from £188.41 ($235), including tax at 13.82 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $56.91 per person per night on check-in and an additional government tax of $1.00 per room per night prior to arrival.
Rates do not include breakfast, which you can order for an additional $9 to $21. Take your pick from healthy superfood bowls, egg-based dishes, home-made biscuits and gravy, and more, all served in Swen’s restaurant from 7 to 10am.
At the hotel
Free WiFi, free self-service laundry facilities, 24/7 onsite gym with weights, treadmills, Peloton, elliptical machine, stairmaster, yoga studio (classes available), ski shop (rental and purchase), general store and health-club shop selling spa products, jewellery, bathrobes and more. In rooms: 55-inch TV, Chromecast, laptop-sized safe, free WiFi, humidifier, steamer, Keurig coffee machine, selection of teas, fridge free bottled water, bathrobes, slippers, L’Occitane bath products.
Our favourite rooms
All Snowpine rooms are as comfortable as can be, but our favourites are those with their own balcony spaces: we could never tire of sitting out there sipping coffee with those incredible views. The pinnacle, perhaps, is the Snowpine Suite, with plenty of space, a cute kitchenette and a dreamy tub to sink into after the ski suit comes off.
The outdoor heated pool (complete with lift for no-step access) is open from 10am to 9pm and suitable for supervised little Smiths, who can wade in at the shallow end. There are also two open-air hot tubs here, loungers and a wood-burning fire, open all year and overlooked by majestic mountain peaks.
The Stillwell Spa is a welcoming retreat with treatment rooms for massages, resurfacing facials, frangipani salt glow body treatments, manicures, and more. There’s also a sauna, steam room, heated pool, and the Grotto, a dimly-lit, granite-clad space with an indoor Jacuzzi.
Have your iNaturalist app at the ready to identify the plants, birds, beasts and bugs who call the canyon home.
There are accessible versions of each room type located on every floor of the hotel. The ADA rooms have bathrooms with roll-in showers, handrails and folding seats, plus doors allowing wide passage. There is braille signposting inside the hotel.
Cots are free, extra rollaway beds (including bedding) cost $25 a night. There’s a full children’s menu from breakfast to dinner. You can book babysitting through Alta Children's Center (call 801-742-3042) for $22 an hour (rates subject to change).
Babies and up.
The Slope Side Family King with bunks, or any of the suites, are great options for families. You can request a cot in your room for free, or an extra rollaway bed for $25 a night.
Fun abounds at the onsite kids’ club area, open from 9am to 9pm and free to use. Children aged seven and up can enjoy everything the Nest has to offer, including the arcade, foos ball, table tennis, pool table, Skee-Ball, XBox, large-screen TVs, lounge areas and board games. The Little Nest is for younger lodge residents, from babies up to age six, and has a ball pit, story books, toys and games. Note that this area is not staffed and parents will need to supervise young children. The Alta Children's Center, located a short way to the east of Snowpine Lodge, offers summer day camps, family ski lessons, winter holiday activities, holiday bbqs and more.
Supervised kids can enjoy the pool from 10am to 9pm. There’s walk-in access for little ones at the shallow end.
There’s a full children’s menu, from breakfast eggs and pancakes through to pizzas, burgers, mac and cheese, and other child-friendly favourites.
You can arrange a babysitter in advance through Alta Children's Center (call 801-742-3042) for $22 an hour (rates subject to change).
No need to pack
Cots, children’s cutlery and cups.
Planet-kind cleaning products are used to whip your room and communal areas into sparkling shape ready for your arrival. Motion-sensor LED lights are installed in guest rooms, the health club and yoga studio to reduce energy waste, and room temperatures are controlled from the front desk, meaning that empty rooms aren’t being unnecessarily heated or cooled. Restaurant meals are crafted from fresh ingredients, carefully sourced from local suppliers and farmers, and the chefs have increased their focus on plant-based menu options. The kitchen also uses rigorous menu planning to reduce food waste.
Swen’s satisfying platefuls are best enjoyed right next to those full-length windows, where you can gaze out while carb-loading for your next mountain adventure.
Anything-goes, après-slope attire.
Swen's restaurant’s open-plan, airy dining room is bordered by huge floor-to-ceiling windows, letting in plenty of light and allowing breathtaking views of the surrounding area. It’s open for breakfast daily from 7 to 10am, and for dinner off-season from 5 to 9pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Feast on small plates of braised octopus or coffee-roasted carrots, or hearty portions of mountain trout with huckleberry beurre blanc or schnitzel with toasted hazelnut and caper chimichurri. In the busy season, Swen’s is open for delightful dinners seven days a week.
On the other side of the lobby fireplace from the restaurant, you’ll find the inviting indoor and outdoor bar areas of Gulch Pub, open from midday to 9pm daily. All your apres-ski craft beer and cocktail needs are met here, plus a daily lunch menu of pizzas (try the Spicy Utah Pie), burgers, tacos, salads and more.
Fill up on flavoursome forkfuls until 9pm at Swen’s.
You can order in-room dinner from Swen’s restaurant or the Gulch Pub menu.
Snowpine Lodge is located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, in Alta, among Utah’s glorious Wasatch Mountains.
Salt Lake City airport is around 35 minutes’ drive away. You can book a hotel transfer for $160 for two people (prices subject to change).
There’s a private car park with 24-hour security on site and valet parking available. Cost of parking is $60 a night in winter and $25 a night in summer. Due to Little Cottonwood Canyon road restrictions, renting a private vehicle is not recommended during the winter season.
Alternatively, speak to front desk if you’d prefer to make your entrance by helicopter.
Worth getting out of bed for
Let’s be clear: you’ve picked the Snowpine Lodge for its unbeatable access to the Alta ski area, where you can ski, board and hike to your heart’s content. There’s also a free shuttle service over to the Snowbird Resort, just a mile away. Both provide heaps of sporty fun, so get ready for hiking and mountain biking the summer trails through grassland bursting with bright wildflowers, or gliding down the slopes on ski or board in the snow-blanketed months. Depending on the season, you can try all sorts of other adventures, such as heliskiing, rock climbing, inflatable tubing and snowshoeing. Golfers can check out the nearby Old Mill Golf Course and Willow Creek Golf Course. If you’d like to travel further afield, you can organise transport to other areas for an additional cost. Back at the lodge, you won’t want to miss out on a treatment in the Stillwell Spa or an atmospheric hour in its hidden grotto.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this luxury slopeside hotel in Alta and unpacked their Gore-Tex, a full account of their mountain break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Snowpine Lodge in Alta…
After a day either mastering or submitting to the majestic snow-clipped slopes of Alta, this high-end ski pile offers up the biggest ‘welcome home’ you could imagine. Simply ski in, fling your gear into your personal heated locker and start the big thaw. The original building that stood on this site dated from mining-era times, and served as a general store and a post office before being tastefully expanded into the luxury ski lodge of your dreams. You’ll be met by the cheery glow of fireplaces, comfy lounge areas on every floor, and free hot chocolate and cookies to warm you. Head to the pub for a craft beer or a cocktail, or make a beeline for the C floor terrace for a view from canyon floor to pine-peppered mountain, while you toast s’mores over the fire pit. When it’s time to retire, happily full of energy-charging dishes from Swen’s restaurant, head to your comfortable, cosy room with a view, where you can reset for more adventures in the morning.