The ski resort is known for its perfect low-moisture snow – it has about 5 percent water content – and beginners’ terrain. Situated in the unique microclimate of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, Alta sees about 500 inches of high-volume snow each year. Intermediate slopes are also well-praised. Being one of the oldest ski resorts in the country (it opened in 1939), it insists on keeping up with traditions. Snowboarders are not allowed.