Avalanche danger forces Arapahoe Basin to evacuate guests and staff

As a number of storms continue to hammer the western United States, guests and staff at the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Colorado were forced to evacuate Tuesday due to a unique problem: The mountain had too much snow.

Around midday on Tuesday Arapahoe Basin announced that, due to extreme avalanche danger at the neighboring Loveland Pass, they would be closing all services at the resort and sending all guests and employees home immediately.

Arapahoe Basin received 29 inches of fresh snow in the past three days, which has increased the avalanche danger.

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The resort known colloquially as A-Bay is the third resort in Colorado to close over the past two days due to too much snow: On Tuesday, Monarch Mountain closed as a result of 18 inches dropping overnight and Crested Butte was closed on Monday after receiving an astounding 47 inches the week prior.

“We’ve been told by the Colorado Department of Transportation they need to close the road at Keystone and send people home,” Adrienne Saia Isaac, a spokeswoman for Arapahoe Basin, told the Denver Post. “It’s a crazy weather cycle up here.”

The resort announced on Twitter that it will be releasing details regarding refunds for all resort guests.