Editor's Note: TGR understands the inherent risks with skiing and snowboarding and urges anyone going out to have the proper knowledge, equipment, a partner, and a plan. For more information on how to stay safe while enjoying winter sports, check out TGR’s annual Safety Week series.
#RoadClosure Update: @UDOTavy will be begin additional avalanche mitigation and UDOT will be clearing the slide debris when safe. New estimated opening time is 2:30pm. @CanyonAlerts @UDOTTRAFFIC pic.twitter.com/j7pFJL2mHL— UDOT Cottonwood Canyons (@UDOTcottonwoods) January 12, 2020
On Sunday, January 12th, 2020, an avalanche crossed Utah's SR-210 near the White Pine Trailhead, knocking a car off the road. The slide left 1-2 feet of snow on the road, snarling traffic in Little Cottonwood Canyon on a busy Sunday. No one in the car was injured, according to the Utah Avalanche Center, but the road was closed for several hours.
Avalanche danger is considerable or high in much of Utah. avalanche.org graphic.
With weekend storm totals in the region ranging from 20-35 inches, skiing and riding conditions are tempting, but demand expert decision-making skills. Check out avalanche.org to keep up with current avalanche forecasts, and see our Safety Week series for more information on how to stay safe in avalanche terrain.
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