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Interlodge protocols at Snowbird and Alta lifted

Interlodge Travel Closed at Alta
Posted at 11:32 AM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 14:52:34-05

ALTA, Utah — "Interlodge" protocols in the Town of Alta and Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort have been lifted.

When an interlodge is in effect, anyone in the area is required to remain indoors due to extreme snowfall and the threat of avalanche danger.

Most interlodge events last only a few hours. This week's interlodge in the Town of Alta, which includes Alta Ski Area, lasted nearly 60 hours, beginning at 11 p.m. Monday and finally ending shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday. The 60-hour interlodge is the resort's longest-ever, breaking the record of 52 hours set in 2020. The resort is open to foot traffic.

“It’s interesting being told you can’t go outside,” said Berkley Stone, an employee at the Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge.

Stone has been working at the lodge for four years and experienced the 2020 interlodge first-hand.

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Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort went into a resort-wide interlodge at 10 p.m. Tuesday. That interlodge was temporarily lifted around noon Wednesday, then reinstated for the Snowbird Village at 1:15 p.m. The interlodge protocol at Snowbird Village was lifted at 10 a.m. Thursday. Snowbird's Tram and Gadzoom and Wilbere runs are also open.

Neither resort can be accessed by car because SR-210 through Little Cottonwood Canyon remains closed for avalanche control work. SR-210 is expected to partially reopen around 2 p.m. Thursday.

Watch FOX 13 for updates.