Avalanche Danger Closes Arapahoe Basin for the Day

A-Basin is closed today, March 7th, 2019 due to high avalanche danger.

From Arapahoe Basin:

“Due to extreme avalanche concerns A-Basin and Highway 6 over Loveland Pass will not be opening today,” Arapahoe Basin chief operating officer Alan Henceroth announced today on his blog.

Update from the A-Basin Blog:

“We are working closely with CDOT to manage this challenging situation. We have seen a bit of avalanche activity in the East Wall / Humbug Chutes area. We haven’t seen too many other avalanches within the ski area although there are still many areas yet to be traveled. Our major concerns are the avalanche paths that threaten the highway and the base area, specifically The Professor and the Widowmaker. CDOT did shoot The Professor this morning without results. There was a large natural slide out of Grizzly Bowl that touched the highway just above the CDOT Barn.

We do have teams working on the mountain. The Ski Patrollers are running their avalanche routes. The Lift Crew is digging out the chairlifts and getting them going. Snow plows and snowcats are trying to keep travel lanes open. The Base Area crew is shoveling and shoveling and shoveling trying to un-bury the buildings.

We had a brief lull in snowfall, but it has picked back up again. We may see several more inches by morning. At this time, no one in our leadership circle is comfortable opening the highway and the parking lots. We continue to work very closely with CDOT. There is no chance we will open today. Our avalanche mitigation efforts are continuing. Stay tuned for more updates about tomorrow.

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