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Alta Ski Area: Avalanche conditions

Dec 4, 2023, 5:00 PM

Alta avalanche...

Utah Avalanche Center avalanche forecaster Dave Kelly shovels out a buried sign that alerts people that they are entering avalanche terrain in Alta, on Thursday, March 16, 2023. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

(Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

ALTA, Utah — Alta Ski Patrol encountered significant avalanche activity during pre-public avalanche mitigation work Monday morning. Due to the avalanche activity, Alta Ski Area delayed opening to 12:30 p.m.

Andria Huskinson, Alta Communications Manager, told KSL NewsRadio there was no threat to the public and no one was harmed. 

Huskinson explained that pre-public avalanche mitigation occurs every morning before lifts are open to the public. 

“Every morning that we’re open when our lifts are running, our patrol goes out, they run their routes,” she said. 

This ensures that the routes are safe for when Alta’s doors open to the public. 

Huskinson said wind speeds reached 100mph at the top of Main Baldy Chute. This contributed to the avalanche activity ski patrol came across. 

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Alta Ski Area: Avalanche conditions