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Heavy snowfall, avalanche concerns force evacuation of Arapahoe Basin

ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colo. — Arapahoe Basin Ski Area was forced to evacuate and close early Tuesday because of avalanche concerns on Loveland Pass.

The ski area said the Colorado Department of Transportation was closing U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass to all traffic on the west side at Keystone.

Earlier in the day, Arapahoe Basin said it received 15 inches of new snow on Tuesday with nearly 30 inches of fresh powder in the past three days.

It was the third Colorado ski area to close in two days because of heavy snow and avalanche danger.

Monarch Mountain in Chaffee County was closed on Tuesday and Crested Butte Mountain Resort closed early Monday because of the heavy snow.

Arapahoe Basin said it will update customers about scheduled tickets and lessons as soon as possible.