Little Cottonwood Canyon opens, closes again after natural avalanche

File picture of Alta and Little Cottonwood Canyon. Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia

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LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah, Jan. 21, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — After being closed all morning Monday, Little Cottonwood Canyon opened to downhill traffic early afternoon, then promptly had to be closed again after a natural avalanche.

A tweet at 12:15 p.m. from Snowbird Resort said Little Cottonwood would open to downhill traffic at 12:45 p.m. for a short amount of time.

Snowbird then tweeted at 1:40 p.m. that the canyon is closed due to the avalanche.

“If you are currently on the road, please return to parking lots at Snowbird or Alta and await further instructions from authorities,” the tweet said.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether any people or vehicles were trapped by the avalanche.

Both Snowbird and Alta have interlodge procedures in effect, meaning the meaning guests and employees must remain in buildings for their own safety.

“We are entering interlodge procedures at Snowbird,” the tweet said. “If you are outdoors at the resort, please proceed to the nearest building and stay inside until interlodge restrictions have been lifted. DO NOT STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE.”

Alta Ski Area also tweeted that interlodge procedures are in effect, and the resort is closed for the day.

The Unified Police Department’s Canyon Alerts tweeted that Big Cottonwood Canyon was closed for most of the morning. It has since reopened.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.


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