^Photos Courtesy: TownLift
A recent article from the Associated Press by Julie Jag asks the question that many Park City locals have been fearing since 2 deaths occurred in the backcountry zones accessed from the 9990 Lift at Canyons Village this season.
The article dives deep into the recorded lift-accessed backcountry deaths in the state of Utah since 2000, and floats the idea that closing the backcountry access gates, or at least altering them, is needed to prevent deaths.
^Square Top Avalanche. Courtesy: TownLift
Some chalk up the deaths to an unstable snowpack, and others acknowledge that there is always inherent risk when venturing into the backcountry.
Those that oppose closing the gates believe that the misfortunes (or bad actions) of a few should not effect the masses.
Vail Resorts has remained silent on the issue, but has temporarily closed the access gates on 9990 for the remainder of the season.
I encourage you to read the full article here, and vote in the poll below.