#VailPass avalanche at MP 186. @ColoradoDOT has crews on scene with heavy snow equipment enroute. One tow truck was caught in the avalanche. Tow driver is okay! #COTraffic #CoWx pic.twitter.com/mfrTYTU4si— CSP Eagle (@CSP_Eagle) March 7, 2019
The alternative route, Highway 91, has also had issues and seen multiple spin-outs throughout the morning, according to CSP. The state patrol said that “travel is not recommended through the I-70 mountain corridor.” The slide comes just days after an avalanche covered the highway between Frisco and Copper Mountain. On Tuesday, CDOT shut down I-70 for hours for planned avalanche mitigation work. It has also caused the Colorado Avalanche Information Center to issue an extreme warning for multiple backcountry zones in the mountains. They’re asking people to avoid the backcountry altogether because of the historic danger.
#BREAKING ROAD CLOSURE: #VailPass is now closed WB at Copper Mountain (Exit 195) due to large natural avalanche at MP 186. All westbound lanes are covered. This will take @ColoradoDOT crews several hours to clear. #COTraffic pic.twitter.com/T1OGCOb291— CSP Eagle (@CSP_Eagle) March 7, 2019