Knitters' Retreat!

I had an absolutely delightful time at the 7th Annual Rocky Mountain Knitters’ Retreat at Alta, Utah.

Alta is a world-famous ski resort, and happens to be where I (and probably most Utahns of my age) learned to ski. It’s about a 45-minute drive from where I live in downtown Salt Lake City, but it’s a world apart.

Alta is just above Snowbird ski resort, and in fact, you can ski from one to the other. Friday afternoon a few of us went to Snowbird and took the tram to Hidden Peak, then hiked down. The hike down is about 3 miles, and the drop is about 2900 feet – it took us 3 hours. This photo is from the top, and we hiked down to the road you can see way down in the bottom of the valley underneath the mountain with the white stone face.

View from Hidden Peak

As usual, Alta Lodge was wonderful, and the staff treated us really well. We had lots of good food, a gorgeous patio, and an indoor lounge. The weather was perfect – just right for enjoying the sun and cool breeze outdoors during the day.

Sittin' and Knittin'

When the sun went down, the Sitzmark room made a comfortable place for us to gather indoors. One of the women brought her paraffin wax machine, so we could enjoy a nice wax treatment to soothe our hands from all that knitting.

Jan and Cheryl

There was no schedule (other than meals), so you were free to knit, hike, read, bask in the sun, or do whatever suited your mood. We had a wonderful masseuse, so I was sure to grab an appointment for that.

Good friends, delicious food, yummy martinis, awesome views… what could be finer?

View from deck at Alta Lodge

For more photos, you can check out my Flickr album here.

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10 Responses to Knitters' Retreat!

  1. margene says:

    The leaves at Silver Fork were just a bit farther along. What a beautiful place Alta is and Lisa had a great idea that’s really taken off. Maybe next year I can make it up for a retreat!

  2. Cher says:

    Wow! Sounds like a wonderful time! I love the pics. We don’t have mountains where I live, so it;s nice to see they still actually exist. LOL

  3. Carrie says:

    That sounds like a heavenly way to spend a weekend, for sure! (I need to look into one of those parrafin things!)

  4. Nora says:

    Perfect. I would have been altitude sick for at least a day, but still. Perfect.

  5. Cayenne says:

    I love Alta. I’m a little younger and learned to ski at Brighton, but I always preferred going to Alta once I knew what I was doing. It sounds like you had a wonderful time.

  6. Carrie K says:

    Oooh, awesome setting! And SNOW!!! That looks like a fabulous KR. With manicures. Cherry on the sundae.

  7. Laurie says:

    That looks like SO much fun!

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