SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — Winds of more than 70 mph caused two Utah ski resorts to close prematurely yesterday.
Both Alta Ski Area and Brighton Resort announced yesterday afternoon that they would be closed due to the dangerously high winds.
“Thanks for your understanding—sometimes we just have to give in and let Mother Nature do her thing,” said a statement from Alta Ski Area.
As of Friday morning, both resorts have reopened and are operating as usual. Although after receiving 11 inches of snow overnight, Brighton Resort has urged guests to check local traffic reports before making their way to the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon.
“The snow has really piled up, and the wind has pushed it in all different directions,” said a statement from Brighton Resort. “Today is going to make for some excellent riding, but if you are seeing this post later in the morning, please plan your trip for this afternoon because the canyon does have increased traffic. Please obey the traction law and head to the UDOT Cottonwoods website for canyon road updates.”