Public Safety

Avalanches and Interlodge Travel Restrictions:

Utah State Highway 210 and much of the central portion of the Town of Alta is exposed to avalanches. The Utah Department of Transportation Avalanche Safety Program operates a state-of-the-art avalanche forecasting and mitigation program in Little Cottonwood Canyon throughout the long period of each year when our mountain slopes are snow-covered. The UDOT Avalanche Program works in partnership with several public and private entities to conduct various aspects of avalanche forecasting and mitigation, including restrictions on vehicle access to highway 210, and avalanche mitigation through the use of military artillery.

During periods of high avalanche Hazard, the Town of Alta Marshal may prohibit outdoor or “Interlodge” travel through Town of Alta Ordinance 5-4-1. It is absolutely critical to individual and community public safety and to ski area, roadway, and recreation access operations that interlodge travel restrictions and procedures are respected AT ALL TIMES. Please see a letter from the Alta Marshal’s Office for more information on Interlodge Travel Restrictions.

“INTERLODGE” is described in Town of Alta Ordinance 5-4-1 i , which allows the Town Marshal to prohibit outdoor travel during periods of high avalanche hazard or at times when Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) explosives work is scheduled or in progress to mitigate the avalanche hazard affecting the town and Highway 210.

Fire:

The Alta Fire Department was founded in 1974 and operated for 28 years out of the Alta Fire Station, a building which currently houses the Alta Post Office and the Alta Community Center. Since the Alta Fire Department closed in 2002, we have contracted with the Unified Fire Authority of Greater Salt Lake (UFA) to provide all fire and hazardous materials protection, medical emergency response, and to enforce fire codes within Town limits.

Medical Services:

The Alta Ski Patrol provides first aid response to Alta Ski Area guests. The Alta Medical Clinic is located on the northeast corner of the Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge, and it is open from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, seven days a week, during the Alta Ski Area operating season. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Justice Court:

The Alta Justice Court sessions are held one Thursday a month at 6:30 PM, with Judge Clinton E. Balmforth presiding. However, the court office is open weekdays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, and it is located in the Town Office. The court phone number is (801) 742-2407; to schedule an appearance at the Alta Justice Court please call the Court Clerk at the previous number.

Avalanche debris covering Utah State Highway Route 210 (Little Cottonwood Canyon Road)
The Alta Justice Court sessions are held once a month presided over by Judge Clinton E. Balmforth.
The Alta Fire Department was founded in 1974 and operated for 26 years as a paid on call volunteer service until July 2002