The resort was enlarged in 1960, to accommodate the growing popularity of skiing in general and the attraction of the resort with its spectacular beauty and, according to some, even more spectacular snow. It was soon considered one of the premier ski resorts in America. By 1970 Alta recorded 92 full-time residents and was incorporated as a town in order to become eligible for federal government funds for water and sewer facilities. The incorporation brought with it the formulation of an overall master plan for the future development of all surrounding private lands. Alta has continued to develop under a slow steady growth plan into a year-round recreational community. The 1990 census indicates a population of 397 year-round residents. Yet, with all of its changes and developments, Alta has never lost sight of its foremost purpose: to provide a place for locals and visitors to ski what has been called by many the "greatest snow on earth."
See: Alexis Kelner, Skiing in Utah n.p.(1980); Ruth Robertson, Alta: A People's Story (1989).
Patricia Lyn Scott