Utah Avalanche Center warns of skier-triggered slides at closed resorts

SALT LAKE CITY — For skiers that don’t rely on ski lifts to get to the slopes, the Utah Avalanche Center has a reminder: treat closed ski areas like the backcountry.

That means if a ski resort is closed, officials are not working to control the potential for an avalanche, and an avalanche can be easily triggered.

Wednesday 5/4 – Skier triggered avalanches are reported from closed Cottonwood resorts. Treat closed ski areas like the backcountry as no control work is being performed.

Avalanches are possible once any new snow warms up. @AltaSkiArea

— UtahAvalancheCenter (@UACwasatch) May 4, 2022

Of particular concern, the Utah Avalanche Center warned, is the possibility of avalanches as conditions, and existing snow, start to warm up.

As of Wednesday, May 4, the only ski resort in Utah is still operating is Snowbird, which is open Friday through Sunday according to Ski Utah.

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