I’ve been having an epic time getting my ski legs back up at Utah’s Alta Ski Area over the past month, and in the process, I’ve had a chance to stay the night at a few of the ski-in / ski-out lodges at the resort. Most recently I shacked up at the Peruvian Lodge – a down-to-earth hotel whose historical roots date back to 1948.
Here’s the full review of my experience staying at the Alta Peruvian Lodge.
Hotel Review: Staying at the Alta Peruvian Lodge
— The Scoop —
The Alta Peruvian Lodge is located at the far end of the parking lot next to the Wildcat and Collins chair lifts, and a 7 minute walk gets you to the lift. For those who don’t want to waste their energy walking, the hotel also a free shuttle that runs nonstop to and from the lifts.
When you walk into the main lobby of the Alta Peruvian Lodge, you are greeted by huge windows overlooking the mountain with tons of comfy couches, a fireplace, and a couple of chess boards. The homey atmosphere and friendly staff made me feel as if I was staying at a friend’s (big) log cabin up in the mountains. Like many of the hotels at Alta, the Peruvian’s guests are like family, many of whom return every year.
Some of the highlights of my stay included watching live music at the Peruvian Bar (one of the liveliest establishments at Alta), chilling in the outdoor hot tub, stuffing my face with the best steak I’ve had in a looooong time, and getting a wonderful night’s sleep in my cozy bed.
— Rooms at the Alta Peruvian Lodge —
The Alta Peruvian Lodge has a variety of rooms spread across three floors that accommodate anywhere from 2 and 6 people.
I stayed in one of the Alpine rooms located on the front side of the hotel on the third floor. All the rooms I toured were simple. I loved the old ski posters and the fact that there were no tvs. After all, you’re not up here to hang out in your room. You’re here to ski, take the occasional nap, and make the most of the Peruvian’s amenities.
The major differences between the various room types are the number of people they sleep, the view, and the location of the bathroom. Some rooms have full bathrooms ensuite, while some rooms have shared shower facilities.
TRAVEL TIP: If you are traveling with a group of friends or family, they also have male and female dorm rooms that are the most economical option if you are looking to travel on a budget.
— Amenities at the Alta Peruvian Lodge —
Pool and 2 Outdoor Hot Tubs: The air was pretty cold the day I was there, so I stuck to the hot tub….but there were people in the pool who said it was a very comfortable temperature. Grab a towel robe from the lobby on your way down, and if you fancy a beverage while you soak there is a bar just inside the door from the pool. They were also rockin’ the Grateful Dead on the stereo when I was in the hot tub. Someone must have read my mind. 🙂
Sauna: Don’t miss the lovely indoor wood sauna. It’s tucked away behind the dining room on the ground floor and is open 24/7. The Movie Room: Plop down on that plush couch, grab some free popcorn, and settle in for the nightly flick. The on-site ski shop: The ski shop at the Peruvian isn’t quite as extensive as the other ski shops at Alta, but they can certainly help you with the basics. The main lobby: Cozy up by the fireplace with a ski magazine and cup of hot tea or challenge another guest to a game of chess. Ski lockers: Everyone is assigned their own ski locker to store their skis and poles. The lockers are in the basement right near the backdoor that leads out to the slopes.
— Wining and Dining —
Pace yourself…all the food is included and it is gooooood.
All of the hotels at Alta include breakfast and dinner in the rate, but the Peruvian is the only one I’ve stayed at that also includes lunch.
Breakfast and Lunch are buffet style with open seating. Breakfast had all the usual items, including a made-to-order omelet bar, while the lunch buffet had sandwich fixings, grilled cheese, tomato soup, burgers, and more.For dinner, you need to make a reservation, and expect community-style seating. I was seated with a couple from New York, a family from Connecticut, and two high school girls who were on spring break. It was a blast getting to know the group, and it was an ideal scenario for me as a solo guest. Make sure to come hungry with room for 4 courses. For the main course, options included a lobster pappardelle pasta and a gorgonzola filet. I rarely order steak, but that night I had the urge and was so happy I did. It was perfectly cooked and really flavorful. Alcoholic drinks are not included, but they have a full selection of beer, wine, and cocktails that you can charge to your room.
The Peruvian Bar – otherwise known as the P-dog among locals – is THE hot spot at Alta. On any given day you can find a handful of skiers and Alta Athletes mingling, like my friend Leo Ahrens below, who is a rippin’ skier, artist, and makes some pretty sweet ski videos.
When you check in, make sure you ask what’s going on at the bar. When I was there Jasper Groff – the guitarist from Moab-based band called Stonefed – performed a killer après set. The bar also serves some light snacks in the afternoon, but be warned…they go fast!
— For More Information —
My stay at the Alta Peruvian Lodge was a total blast, and I felt that the hotel was made for mellow travelers like myself who want something different from your typical hotel. For more information and to plan your next ski vacation, visit the Alta Peruvian website (and make sure to tell them that you read about them on Bearfoot Theory). You can also check availability and book now via Booking.com using the search box below.
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A big thanks to the Alta Peruvian Lodge for hosting me during my stay. As always, all opinions and words are entirely my own.