Arapahoe Basin set to reopen Wednesday after avalanche mitigation

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ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colo. — Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will reopen Wednesday afternoon after the Colorado Department of Transportation finished with avalanche mitigation work along U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass.

U.S. 6 was closed for “an extended period” on Wednesday so avalanche reduction can resume, CDOT said.

Just before 1 p.m., Arapahoe Basin said U.S. 6 was going to reopen, and that the ski resort would resume operations on the Pallavicini Lift and the Black Mountain Express.

“Hug your local CDOT and (Colorado Avalanche Information Center) worker when you get a chance,” the resort said on its website.

On Tuesday, Arapahoe Basin closed at 1 p.m. because of avalanche concerns. CDOT closed the west side of Loveland Pass at Keystone and everyone was ordered out of Arapahoe Basin.

It was the third Colorado ski area to close because of too much snow and avalanche concerns.

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

Heavy snow was falling at Arapahoe Basin on Wednesday with limited visibility, the ski area said.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center said high avalanche danger is in effect across the state because of heavy snow and strong winds.

An avalanche warning remains in effect until 9 a.m. Thursday for the Steamboat and Flat Tops, the Front Range, and Aspen and Gunnison zones on Wednesday.

“Large and very large avalanches are expected during this warning period,” the CAIC said. “Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended at this time.”