By Sam Pelletier
Winter has shown no signs of stopping in Utah. The first week of April has already produced 7 feet of snow with more in the forecast. The heaviest periods of snow occurred in the last 24 hours dumping 3 feet of snow on the resorts of Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, with similar depths reported in Park City and other areas statewide. Due to the huge snowfall and ongoing avalanche control work Alta and Snowbird were unable to open today.
“Snowbird village went into an inter-lodge travel ban at 7pm last night, and the canyon road has been closed since then as well. There’s been controlled slides across the canyon road, with no plans as of 1pm for it to open today,” said Jared Ishkanian, Snowbird’s director of public relations.
With another foot in the forecast for tonight, conditions are shaping up to be the deepest of the season.
Ski patrol is working hard to reduce avalanche danger and make sure the slopes are ready to open tomorrow. “Everything is contingent on what the weather does, it totally depends on how much it snows,” Ishkanian reports.
Although the Little Cottonwood Canyon road remains closed, Solitude and Brighton are open as well as the resorts of Park City. The storm may have forced some skiers to stay home today, but there are certainly worse problems to have than too much snow on April 6th.