Alta, Snowbird, and Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT Remain Closed This Morning Due to Avalanche Activity

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Extreme avalanche danger and snowfall rates up to 2″ per hour kept the road into Little Cottonwood Canyon (Hwy 210) closed all day yesterday and kept both Alta & Snowbird under “Maximum Security Interlodge” all day. The road remains closed this morning with no indication of when it will reopen. Neighboring Big Cottonwood Canyon (Hwy 190) is open at this time.

Interlodge is where no one in the Alta nor Snowbird areas is allowed to go outside due to the very high risk of avalanches. 

Interlodge is rare, usually only happening once or twice per season.  

Last season it only happened once, but for 54-hours.

This is Kolton with your daily snow report for February 17, 2021. We want to thank you for your patience yesterday as Ski Patrol, Grooming, Lift Operations and our countless other team members worked to assess the storm and mountain conditions. We ask that you have additional patience this morning as our team and UDOT continues avalanche mitigation work both on the road and the mountain. We will update this report as soon as we know more about potential terrain openings. This storm continues to provide and we’ve received 16” of new snow in the last 12 hours and 27” in the last 24 hours.

– Snowbird Mountain Ops, 2/17/21

Utah’s snowpack has been extremely dangerous this season having already taken 6 lives this season.

The USA just saw its deadliest avalanche cycle history with 19 avalanche deaths in 16-days and it’s not over yet.

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