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Alta is a town in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 383 at the 2010 census, a slight increase from the 2000 figure of 370, Alta population in 2020 has decreased some to 377. Alta is also the location of Alta Ski Area, a ski resort that has 500,000 visitors a year. It is known for its powder skiing and its refusal to allow snowboarding. Alta has been important to the development of skiing in Utah. Alta was founded about 1865 to house miners from the Emma mine, the Flagsta
ff mine, and other silver mines in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Sensationally rich silver ore in the Emma mine enabled its owners to sell the mine at an inflated price to British investors in 1871. The subsequent exhaustion of the Emma ore body led to the recall of the American ambassador to Great Britain, who was a director of the company, and Congressional hearings in Washington. An 1878 fire and an 1885 avalanche destroyed most of the original mining town, though some mining activity persisted into the 20th century. By the 1930s, only one resident, George Watson, remained in the town. Facing back taxes on mining claims he owned, Watson donated much of the land in Alta to the U.S. Forest Service. Watson stipulated that the Forest Service use the land to construct a ski area. In 1935, Norwegian skiing legend Alf Engen was hired to help develop the area, and Alta opened its first ski lift in 1938. Today, Alta is a small town, centered around the Alta Ski Area.
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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.5 km2), of which, 4.1 square miles (10.5 km2) of it is land and 0.25% is water.At 8,950 feet (2,730 m), Alta is one of the highest cities in Utah, and one of the highest in America.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Alta was:
- White: 81.96%
- Native American: 16.75%
- Asian: 0.77%
- Other race: 0.52%
- Black or African American: 0.00%
- Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
- Two or more races: 0.00%
Alta UT has the Aibion Basin Campground, Snowbird Recreation Area an a City Park. Alta is best known for the Snowbird Recreation area in the winter where many skiers travel to from all over the world. While mountain temperatures are cooling off, there's still plenty of time to explore the beautiful landscape of Alta Utah.
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