by Diana Lambdin Meyer
The Rustler originally opened for skiers in 1947, but has grown and developed into a large resort over the years. The most recent addition was completed in 2013, bringing the total room count to 85, with room options that can sleep up to six. With an outdoor heated pool, spa and two hot tubs — one indoor and one outdoor — Rustler knows how to pamper adults and kids after a day on the slopes. During the winter holiday periods, there’s a complimentary organized children’s program. Details vary each season, so double check on ages and dates. For a balcony, ask for the Wasatch rooms. Daily room rates include breakfast and dinner in the Rustler Dining Room, as well as a nice tea table late each afternoon. Guest laundry facilities are available onsite and the complimentary shuttle will take guests to and from Alta and Snowbird Ski Resorts.
Our Editor Loves
- Children's program
- Two swimming pools
- Complimentary shuttle
- Children Programs
- Onsite Dining
by Suzanne H
There is no better ski experience than staying at Rustler, with its perfect ski-in ski-out access to arguably one of the greatest ski mountains in the U.S.
This long-standing ski lodge has been cleverly expanded and updated throughout the years and it is the perfect “chill” place for busy families wanting to get away from today’s hectic lifestyle. I have been staying there for the past 30+ years. I have also tried most of the other lodges at the base of Alta, and in my opinion, they don’t come close to matching what Rustler offers.
The staff and amenities at Rustler are perfect. Nothing goes wrong. The lodge maintains its informal approach while delivering the highest level of service and amenities. One never tires of the apres-ski drinks and bites nor the most comfortable bar in Little Cottonwood Canyon (with the most exceptional mountain views.)
The pool, hot tubs (one outdoor and one just inside behind brilliantly designed sliding doors) steam room, gym, sauna and spa couldn’t be nicer nor better situated for viewing the glorious mountains. The large common areas are filled with super comfortable couches and chairs, providing great places to read, relax, play games and view the mountains.
The same core staff greats you each new season and is ready to help you in anyway - always with a huge smile. They truly care about you and your entire family.
Go ahead and try a more modern approach to ski lodging in Alta, or anywhere. New stone walls may look nicer at first, but when you peel the onion, there is no place like the Rustler.
First time at Rustler Lodge after coming to Alta/Snowbird for over 30 years and wonder why I never came here before. Everything about it was great from the service, room, food, pool, convenience, etc.
We stayed in a king room in the newer wing with a mountain view and found it to be spacious and clean. The bed and pillows are very comfortable.
My only complaint might be the price but you definitely get what you pay for. We will return.