Based on current conditions in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Alta and Snowbird are not planning to open today, Friday, February 7th. Both resorts, and Highway 210 (Little Cottonwood Canyon’s highway), closed just after noon yesterday. The Town of Alta is currently Interlodged (meaning that no one is allowed to leave the buildings for any reason whatsoever).
Conditions will be reevaluated at noon as @udotcottonwoods and resort personnel performs avalanche control work. Three slides happened this morning near Tanners Flat, White Pine and Snowbird Entry 1. The slide that hit Snowbird entry 1 was 8-9 FEET deep. Elsewhere, a trooper was hit and briefly trapped, while sitting in his patrol car on US Highway 89 in Sardine Canyon, according to Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Nick Street.
Alta Ski Area has seen 10″ fresh snow overnight, and 17″ in the last 24-hours.
An NOAA avalanche warning is currently in place:
THE FOREST SERVICE UTAH AVALANCHE CENTER IN SALT LAKE CITY HAS ISSUED A BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING. * TIMING...IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM MST THURSDAY TO 6 AM MST SATURDAY. * AFFECTED AREA...FOR THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTHERN UTAH INCLUDING THE WASATCH RANGE, BEAR RIVER RANGE, AND WESTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS. * AVALANCHE DANGER...THE AVALANCHE DANGER WILL BECOME HIGH ON MANY SLOPES AT DIFFERENT ELEVATIONS AND ASPECTS. * REASON/IMPACTS...HEAVY DENSE SNOW AND WINDS UP TO 100 MPH HAVE CREATED WIDESPREAD AREAS OF UNSTABLE SNOW. BOTH HUMAN TRIGGERED AND NATURAL AVALANCHES ARE LIKELY. STAY OFF OF AND OUT FROM UNDER SLOPES STEEPER THAN 30 DEGREES. BACKCOUNTRY TRAVELERS SHOULD CONSULT WWW.UTAHAVALANCHECENTER.ORG OR CALL 1-888-999-4019 FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION. THIS WARNING DOES NOT APPLY TO SKI AREAS WHERE AVALANCHE HAZARD REDUCTION MEASURES ARE PERFORMED.
Current avalanche danger in the Salt Lake Mountains is rated HIGH.