BREAKING: Canyons Resort Backcountry Gates Closed After Second Avalanche Death

BREAKING: Canyons Resort Backcountry Gates Closed After Second Avalanche Death

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BREAKING: Canyons Resort Backcountry Gates Closed After Second Avalanche Death

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View of King Con Express at PCMR from Iron Mountain. Photo: Matt Lorelli

Our friends at TownLift have some breaking news to share with us out of Park City, UT. This has been a deadly season for backcountry skiing in Utah.

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By: Bailey Edelstein

Vail Resorts closed backcountry access off the 9990 lift at Canyons Resort Tuesday morning.

Vail Resorts closed backcountry access off the 9990 lift at Canyons Resort Tuesday morning. Photo: TownLift

PARK CITY, Utah. — This morning, Canyons Ski Patrol at Park City Mountain was directed by resort management to close all access to the adjacent backcountry frequently accessed from the resort, according to multiple sources. Access is closed “until further notice” and the resort is set to meet with the U.S. Forest Service Thursday.

A sign was posted at the backcountry entrance at the top of the 9990 chair lift this morning stating “Backcountry gates closed pending meeting between PC resort management and U.S. Forest Service.”

A sign indicating closure of backcountry access from 9990.

As of today, backcountry access from 9990 is closed. Photo: TownLift

There have been two fatal avalanches in the last three weeks where the victims accessed backcountry terrain via these now closed backcountry gates.

Jan 30th incidentPark City Resident Dies in Square Top Avalanche

Jan 8th incident: Snowboarder Killed in Park City Backcountry Avalanche.

The verbiage on the sign has been updated to read, “No Backcountry Access.”

Updated text on the signs at the backcountry gates at the Canyons.

The updated text reads, “NO BACKCOUNTRY ACCESS,” on the sign at the backcountry gates at the Canyons (12:55 MST). Photo: TownLift

TownLift will update this story as more information becomes available.

 

 

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