Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Widowmaker Slide

This morning CDOT was conducting avalanche mitigation work on the Widowmaker. Using a helicopter, CDOT deployed an explosive on the path creating an avalanche that deposited 6-8 feet of snow on US Highway 6 approximately one mile west of Arapahoe Basin. The highway is closed at this time. Crews from both CDOT and Arapahoe Basin are working to clear the highway. Exact time for the highway to re-open is unclear, but I estimate we are looking at a couple hours. I will keep posted as more information becomes available.






22 comments:

Unknown said...

Dang. From Iowa here, bought tickets for today only.

really? said...

waited for hours. were done. couldve bought tickets for literally any other mountain today. flying out tomorrow. no heads up whatsoever about avalanche control coming from dillon/silverthorn. the first mention of it on your website was this morning while we were waiting wondering wtf is going on. the mountain is closed entirley. weather is unpredictable, yes. however, i put this situation squarley on the shoulders of arapahoe basin. we could be skiing on any other mountain in the i70 corridor right now. you knew they were conducting avalanche mitigation on both sides of the resort (typically just the pass). who do i contact to speak further about this? just terrible.

Anonymous said...

A-basin has absolutely nothing to do with this. Also, on top of that, cdot cannot give out details about avalanche control work due to homeland security considerations because they are using large explosives. Sorry this happened to you, but your frustration is highly misguided

Anonymous said...

You're an idiot and please do us all a favor. Next time you book your trip, DON'T come to Colorado. We don't want your kind around here.

Anonymous said...

Is the comment for real? CDOT can close the roads at anytime to conduct avalanche mitigation for safety. Turns out the mountain came down and closed the road... That was definitely Abasins plan to slight you on your ticket purchase...

Anonymous said...

Hahaha! CDOT flies a helicopter and drops bombs a mile from A-Basin and it is somehow the ski area’s fault?

Powder Hound said...

Man you're oblivious. Arapahoe Basin has nothing to do with this. Sorry that CDOT has to perform avalanche mitigation to protect the community. You still can go anywhere else today instead of wasting your time complaining. Or are you just targeting Abasin since you'll have to spend $200 to ski Breck or Keystone?

Anonymous said...

Waited for hours, really dude?? So what were you thinking when you were sitting parked on hwy 6 and staring at Keystone that whole time? This one's on you man...

Conrad said...

Just because they set charges doesn't mean that the snow will slide. Or it might slide but not get to the road.

Anonymous said...

Always about YOU and YOUR PLANS isn't it? Not the overall safety of everyone. How about you be glad that avalanche didn't come plowing down on your car on loveland pass while you were on the way to your big day at a-basin. Also not A-Basin's fault....someone get this person a box of tissues.

Rlino1983 said...

I agree they should have gave notice. However it is not the ski areas fault. That being said if Abasin knew of this in advance they should have had it posted on their website at least.

Anonymous said...

There is NO WAY that A-Basin could have known that widowmaker was going to run to the road. CDOT does avy mitigation on that all the time and it almost never runs to the road. It happens probably about once a year.

To blame this on A-Basin is showing complete ignorance and a lack of understanding on how avy mitigation works. Next time @Really book your ski trip in Pennsylvania, they hardly have any avalanches to worry about there.

Jordan said...

A Basin has incredible customer service. I promise they would give you a voucher to come back another time if you gave them a call and told them what happened.

David said...

On behalf of all locals who aren’t douches I apologize for the a-hole responses here. CDOT often announces road closures for avalanche work the night before. Who knows why it didn’t happen this time but it does suck to lose a day of ski vacation.

Anonymous said...

Pro tip: They do not close the road to Breckenridge for control work. I suggest skiing Breck going forward.

Anonymous said...

Get a grip chiefy. You should have turned around and joined your fellow gapers at VR owned Keith Stone instead of ripping the best mountain around for something entirely out of their control. I never post but you hit a nerve .....safe travels home.

Aaron Mote said...

Snow in the forecast = avalanche mitigation. It's February in Colorado. We thank you for the donation.

Sir. William said...

Your comment about CDOT not being able to give a heads up due to homeland security issues is false. In Utah UDOT gives us a one day notice or at least 12 hours almost every single time.

Anonymous said...

Not entirely sure how things are handled there - but in WY the pass may be closed for avalanche mitigation efforts - with the duration of the closure a function of whether a slayed happens, how big it is, whether it makes it to the road, etc. the fact that a closure will occur may be known but the duration may not be. And absent the mitigation measures, the slide can still happen at a time the road is not closed - hence the widow maker name. IMO this falls into the better safe than sorry/shit happens category - and as others have pointed out it’s not like there were not other nearby options.

Anonymous said...

Piss off, Karen

Anonymous said...

It takes 20 minutes to use the tunnel and go around. This isn't on I-70. It is on Loveland Pass, which is closed for a lot of reasons.

Anonymous said...

Ah, white people problems.