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

Mar 1, 2024, 7:40 PM | Updated: Mar 2, 2024, 11:35 am

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

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

(Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)

EDEN, Utah — Powder Mountain announced that day skiing will be closed on Saturday due to strong winds. The announcement came as resorts across the state experienced impacted lift operations due to Friday’s gusts. 

In a post on Facebook, Powder Mountain explained that strong winds make ski lift operations unsafe. 

“The safety of our guests and employees is our top priority,” read the Facebook post. 

Due to wind gusts “as high as 70 mph,” the resort canceled Friday’s night skiing. The resort has not yet announced if it will open for night skiing tomorrow, however, the Facebook post said that “the forecast is promising.” 

Strong winds cause ski lift holds

Deer Valley Ski Resort placed the Jordanelle Gondola, Sterling Express, Wasatch Express, and Ruby Express on hold during periods of the day on Friday, per a post on X.

As winds ebbed and flowed throughout the day, lifts on lower areas of the resort remained open. 

Snowbasin Resort also reported lift holds. In a post on X, the resort said that multiple lifts were on hold “due to gusts in the 60s.”

Additionally, the resort warned those planning to visit tomorrow to expect impacted lift operations. 

While other Utah ski resorts did not publicize wind-related lift holds on Friday, an X post by Solitude Ski Resort said that could “delay or close” Summit Express on Saturday. 

Related: Rocky Mountain Power preparing for potentially strong wind storm in Salt Lake

 

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