Vail Pass reopens eastbound after avalanche mitigation Sunday
Vail Pass eastbound at mile marker 180 reopened around 11:45 a.m. after a morning of avalanche mitigation.
The Colorado Department of Transportation has planned helicopter operations throughout the day, including Vail Pass.
“The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has identified many mountain ranges in western Colorado as being at high risk for avalanche slides,” CDOT said in a news release. “It is very likely that a natural slide could occur and motorists should plan for unexpected closures as well. There is also the possibility of large debris fields with trees and rocks mixed with snow in these slides, which can take maintenance operations longer to clear.”
Paul Cuthbertson, a lifelong local of Eagle and Summit counties, died while skiing up to the Polar Star Inn to meet some friends for a celebration of his 21st birthday on Friday night.