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Avalanche closes Loveland Pass

Summit Daily News staff report
Summit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY ” An avalanche closed U.S. Highway 6 at Loveland Pass until sometime Sunday, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

“I wouldn’t expect it (to reopen) until some time tomorrow afternoon, hopefully tomorrow morning,” CDOT spokesman Ted Hill said on Saturday afternoon.

No people or vehicles were caught in the slide, which covered the road 100 feet wide by 4 feet deep, he said.



The closure occurred at about 3:45 p.m. on Saturday.

CDOT spokeswoman Stacey Stegman said the avalanche was wind-triggered and occurred in the Seven Sisters area east of the pass.



Colorado Avalanche Information Center spokesman Ethan Greene said the area is the most active avalanche path above a U.S. highway.

“You could sneeze there and potentially start an avalanche,” he said.

Winds of 20 mph or stronger, with gusts of 35 mph to 63 mph loaded Seven Sisters with snow, he said.



The Eisenhower Tunnel at Interstate-70 remains open, with icy and snow-packed spots, according to CDOT.

A snomobile-triggered avalanche Saturday occurred near Shrine Mountain not far from Vail Pass. Nobody was injured in the slide estimated at 600 feet wide and 7 feet deep, Greene said.

The Eisenhower Tunnel at Interstate-70 remains open, with icy and snow-packed spots, according to CDOT.


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