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Little Cottonwood Canyon reopens after slide debris cleanup, avalanche control work

Traffic Backup at Little Cottonwood Canyon
Posted at 7:51 AM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 14:26:01-05

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — Presidents day is a busy day for ski resorts. But many skiers ran into trouble early this morning as UDOT closed Little Cottonwood Canyon due to avalanche control work.

“It’s been great just sitting here in traffic for the last hour and a half two hours,” said Richard Farrow.

UDOT closed Little Cottonwood Canyon early Monday morning for avalanche work, cleaning up two that happened overnight and doing work to prevent others.

“They’re incredibly good at this, they work hard they’re out there they’re trying to keep us as safe as possible so I appreciate everything they do,” said Joanne Cameron and employee at Alta.

Joanne Cameron works for Alta, she waited in line for more than an hour and a half just to get to work.

“At this point, yes it seems to get worse every year and we need to come up with a better plan,” said Cameron.

Cameron is encouraging anyone trying to ski today to use public transit to cut down on congestion.

“I think it’s safer there are a lot of people that come into town for vacation and rent cars that don’t have snow tires so they’re not going to be allowed up the mountains and the buses are safer and more efficient,” said Cameron.

Several people waiting in traffic say while it’s never fun, it’s worth it to ski on a day like today.