OUTDOORS + RECREATION

UDOT keeps areas with the highest avalanche risk safe

Apr 7, 2023, 2:03 PM | Updated: Jan 5, 2024, 1:09 pm

Avalanche risk...

An avalanche up Provo Canyon has closed US-189 near milepost 12. The Utah Department of transportation says the highway could be closed for 24 hours to allow crews to clear the snow. Photo credit: Utah Highway Patrol.

SALT LAKE CITY — The avalanche risk in the Cottonwoods is unique compared to other canyons but the Utah Avalanche Center said you can take solace in the work crews are doing to keep it safe.

The steep slopes and extra snow in the Cottonwoods make them more prone to slides compared to other canyons.

Utah Avalanche Forecaster Greg Gagne said the slide paths are extra smooth this year.

Gagne also said there’s never any risk of a slide. But when UDOT does open the roads to Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon, you can trust they feel it’s safe.

“They do a really good job of keeping at the resorts keeping the slopes safe and UDOT keeping the highways safe,” said Gagne.

Compared to canyons like Parley’s, Gagne said the Cottonwoods are full of large avalanche paths with lots of car traffic below. And this year, the amount of snow has made those paths extra smooth. Making the avalanche risk higher, and this weekend, sunny slopes will be the riskiest.

“So even if you get a foot of snow, in the normal winter, if that foot of snow avalanched up higher, it wouldn’t reach the road,” said Gagne. “Well, this winter those avalanche paths are totally smooth so its a clear line from… a thousand feet above the road down the road bottom.”

 

Related reading

 

 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Outdoors + Recreation

FILE - A skier turns through the trees at Powder Mountain. (Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)...

Mariah Maynes

Strong winds cause ski lift holds, Powder Mountain cancels day skiing March 2

Powder Mountain announced that day skiing will be closed tomorrow following strong winds. The announcement came as resorts across the state experienced impacted lift operations due to the gusts. 

2 days ago

Tulips are bulbs that you plant in the fall so they can be ready in the spring. They typically come...

Michelle Lee

It’s time for tulips to bloom

Tulips are getting ready to bloom. If you planted these in the fall, your garden will soon be filled with bright and colorful bulbs.

2 days ago

FILE: Jerry Monson helps his grandson Logan Webb with his orange while in camp above the Strawberry...

Alexandrea Bonilla

Bill would reduce amount of orange Utah hunters must wear

A bill would reduce the amount of orange required by hunters.

4 days ago

There’s not a lot of options for dwarf fruit trees out there, but there’s enough in apples and ...

Michelle Lee

Growing dwarf fruit trees

One of the topics the KSL Greenhouse show has been covering a lot these past few weeks is gardening in small spaces. Last week, Hosts Taun and Maria decided to continue this discussion, with the focus on dwarf fruit trees.

9 days ago

Skiers compete in the 2022 Biathlon Youth and Junior World Championships at Soldier Hollow Nordic C...

Mariah Maynes

Soldier Hollow Nordic Center adopts renewable energy

Soldier Hollow Nordic Center's Clear Peaks Program is expected to provide 100% of the Nordic Center's energy needs.

10 days ago

Exercise particularly reduced risk of death for women, according to the data....

Madeline Holcombe, CNN

Women might lower their risk for cardiovascular disease by twice the amount as men with exercise

The benefits of exercise are great for everyone – but may be even better for women, according to a new study.

13 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

UDOT keeps areas with the highest avalanche risk safe