All terrain north of Little Cottonwood Creek from Gate B to Grizzly Gulch. Extends 100 feet over Twin Lakes Pass, and 1000 meters into Big Cottonwood.— UDOT Avalanche (@UDOTavy) February 17, 2021
EXTENDED CLOSURE PERIOD FURTHER due to Extreme avalanche hazard.
Closure still in effect new est. opening. 2/18/2021- 08:00am pic.twitter.com/h1Bo17OIFG
After a long season of already questionable avalanche conditions, a massive storm has rolled into Utah with more implications than just deep powder. Snowfall rates of up to 2" an hour have created avalanche conditions in Little Cottonwood Canyon so dangerous that the town of Alta, Utah implemented an interlodge travel ban yesterday morning. This included traveling between lodges, using roads, and recreation. Alta and Snowbird both were kept under "Maximum Security Interlodge Policy" and those seeking shelter in the Canyon were encouraged to do so in basements and away from windows. Alta and Snowbird both remain closed for the day while crews handle avalanche mitigation.
Town of Alta Interlodge to remain in effect through the night and until further notice. Reminder: Interlodge for the town is not lifted until @MarshalMike1 and Alta Central send the notifications. Natural avalanches continue to occur. Stay inside. Stay safe.— Alta Central (@AltaCentral) February 17, 2021
The restrictions are put in place in order to keep the public safe from dangerous avalanche conditions. Bans like these usually happen once or twice a season in Little Cottonwood Canyon. While the ban itself has been lifted, SR210 only just as UDOT continues to clear the roadway and perform avalanche mitigation efforts.
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