Wednesday, November 26, 2014

When CDOT Says Loveland Pass Is Closed

When CDOT closes Loveland Pass, 99+% of the time this means Highway 6 is closed between Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin. 99+% of the time Highway 6 between Keystone and A-Basin is still open and, most importantly, A-BASIN IS OPEN. People driving from the Front Range can almost always still access A-Basin by driving through the tunnel and coming through Keystone. When the road between Keystone and A-Basin is closed, it is due to major newsworthy event like an avalanche, rock slide or significant vehicle accident. Rare - maybe once every few years.

Closing the Pass is an inconvenience for everyone. CDOT does an outstanding job with snow removal and avalanche work, but there are times the road needs to be closed. The most up to date info on road status is on CDOT's website, cotrip.org. Unfortunately, re-opening times can be tenuous and hard to pin down.


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

They seem to close it way too often, especially the past few years. Causes a major jam at the tunnel due to hazmat closures. The length of the closings is also longer. Days sometimes. I think they do a poor job because it closed so often. It is in great condition when open but anybody they would rather close it and wait until the end of the snow event to plow. Saves money versus continually plowing. It should not close so often.

Steve Clark said...

While it is very inconvenient for everyone to drive through the tunnel to get to Abasin, the anonymous commenter neglects the safety of the CDOT employee. Other states shut down major interstates and highways with far less snow than Colorado receives in a typical snow event on Loveland Pass. Having skied at Abasin for the past 30 years, a closed Loveland Pass is normally a sign of great snow at ‘The Legend’. Leave a little earlier from home, be thankful we have the the tunnel, and enjoy the great snowfall that closed the pass.

Turbos mom said...

This is a CDOT issue. A basin has no control whatsoever over a state hwy.
pass closed= smaller crowds= more powder for those willing to make such a tough journey through the tunnels
Just sayin

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Good point I forgot to mention - When the pass is closed, the skiing is often at its best. Definitely worth a few more minutes.

Anonymous said...

Is West Wall/Slalom Slope opening today? It needs skier compaction or it will blow away.

Anonymous said...

anyone who complains about Loveland pass being closed hasn't been on it/at the top during adverse conditions and been driving in a white out. I have many times and am glad when they close the pass because I know the safety of people driving is being considered. When you are driving the pass and get into a white out and are feet from possibly driving over the edge...well, scary stuff. Take the few extra minutes and drive via Keystone when it is closed.