UPDATE: Interlodge lifted at Snowbird, Alta Ski Area; SR-210 reopens
Mar 24, 2023, 3:21 PM | Updated: 10:27 pm
UPDATE: The interlodge protocol has lifted at Snowbird and Alta Ski Area. State Route 210 has also reopened following avalanche mitigation work and slide debris clean up.
“I’ve never had this happen, where there is interlodge during the day, after we have already started skiing,” John Gordon said to KSL TV Friday afternoon. “Nobody expected that we would be in interlodge, otherwise, we probably wouldn’t have come up.”
Sisters Kathrine and Julia were surprised their ski day ended after only an hour on the slopes.
“We are visiting from California. We came out here to ski, but this wasn’t a good day to do so I guess,” Julia said.
For hours, patrons piled into buildings, grabbing a bite to eat and a seat where they could.
“There are some people sitting on the ground and like all up the stairs. It’s kind of sad for everyone,” Kathrine said.
What a day! Hundreds stuck at Snowbird and Alta under interlodge protocol. It was lifted around 6:45 p.m. but getting out of the parking lots was another story.
Hear from three skiers about the experience, at 10:00 @KSL5TV pic.twitter.com/jB5GCO06im
— Ashley Moser (@AshleyMoser) March 25, 2023
The protocol lifted at approximately 6:45 p.m. Friday, but traffic was heavy getting out of Little Cottonwood Canyon, something the Utah Department of Transportation warned about.
Due to conditions in the area, the traction law was put into effect along state Route 210.
The roadway is expected to close again at 10 p.m. Friday for more avalanche mitigation work. The town of Alta will also go into interlodge again beginning at 11 p.m.
03/24 SR-210 closure 10 PM, TOA Interlodge 11 PM, ESTIMATED opening 8:30 AM
— Alta Central (@AltaCentral) March 25, 2023
Our earlier story continues below.
SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — Two ski resorts in Little Cottonwood Canyon are now under interlodge protocol due to active storms in the area.
The resorts impacted Friday afternoon are Snowbird and Alta Ski Area.
“All lifts are now on hold & everyone at Snowbird needs to make their way to a building, immediately. You cannot stay in your car,” read a 2:15 p.m. tweet from Snowbird.
A full Interlodge is now in effect. All lifts are now on hold & everyone at Snowbird needs to make their way to a building, immediately. You cannot stay in your car. This is for your safety. There is no eta on when Interlodge will be lifted. https://t.co/IfOoVC8i05 pic.twitter.com/2LuI99RyTH
— Snowbird (@Snowbird) March 24, 2023
Additional information from the resort’s website states: “An Interlodge event is when snow levels are so great and avalanche danger is so extreme that patrons and employees of Snowbird are confined to resort buildings while avalanche work is being done. During Interlodge, road access to Snowbird is shut down as well while UDOT performs avalanche work on it.”
Interlodge! A viewer sent us some pictures from Snowbird.
Right now, patrons and employees are confined to resort buildings while avalanche work is being done. @KSL5TV
Credit: discoverslc pic.twitter.com/pvy7NZzPUZ
— Ashley Moser (@AshleyMoser) March 24, 2023
Alta Ski Area also went into interlodge Friday, according to a 2:14 p.m. tweet from the resort.
A few hours later, an update was posted to social media from Alta’s Mayor. It read, in part, “A natural and serious avalanche cycle has occurred threatening SR210 and the Town of Alta.”
It added that more than 1,100 people were sheltered in base area facilities in Alta.
“Multiple agencies are working to make the situation safe and clear the highway,” the tweet stated.
There are presently about 1160 people sheltered in base area facilities in Alta. Multiple agencies are working to make the situation safe and clear the highway.
Our collective goal is to get everyone home as soon as possible.
— Alta Central (@AltaCentral) March 24, 2023
State Route 210 is expected to reopen in Little Cottonwood Canyon at approximately 6:45 p.m. Friday, according to a tweet from the Utah Department of Transportation.
🚧#RoadClosureUpdate🚧 #SR210 @UDOTavy avalanche mitigation complete but slide debris clearing is ongoing.
ETO 6:45pm – we will update if a delay exceeds 15 min.@UDOTTRAFFIC @UDOTRegionTwo @AltaCentral @AltaAlerts @SnowbirdAlerts @UPDSL @RideUTA @UtahDOT @CHCity pic.twitter.com/jWmkonqzex
— UDOT Cottonwood Canyons (@UDOTcottonwoods) March 25, 2023