Avalanche covers highway, temporarily closing Colorado resort

A file photo of Arapahoe Basin. Photo Credit: pravin.premkumar (Flickr).

UPDATE [11:14 AM]: Arapahoe Basin is now open, Highway 6 is set to reopen soon.

Big snow totals around the state continue to cause headaches in Colorado’s ski country.

As part of an avalanche mitigation effort, a large slide has covered Highway 6 near Arapahoe Basin, delaying the opening of the resort. The announcement from the resort estimated that 6 to 8 feet of snow from “The Widowmaker,” a dangerous south-facing gully, covered the road.

This planned avalanche mitigation effort is taking place on The Professor, Widowmaker, and Grizzly Bowl. Arapahoe Basin will be opening as soon as possible. While this delayed opening may be inconvenient for some, understand that this avalanche mitigation is essential for the safety of those in the area.

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