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Winds shut down ski lifts across northern Utah

Published March 17, 2014 2:43 pm

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Windy weather wreaked havoc with Utah ski resorts Monday.

Gusts reaching 91 mph on Ogden Peak and 79 mph in the upper Cottonwood canyons made it too dangerous for ski resorts to keep many of their lifts operating for parts of the day.

All nine lifts at Snowbasin Ski Area above Ogden were shut down in mid-afternoon by the strong east-wide crosswinds generated by the vigorous passage of a cold front through southern Utah.

While not as severe as at Snowbasin, the winds impacted operations at the four resorts in the Cottonwood canyons and the three around Park City. Resorts there were forced to close lifts for much or part of the day. Brighton Resort called off night skiing.

The National Weather Service reported gusts of 59 mph at Canyons Resort, 58 at Park City Mountain Resort, 54 at the base of Alta and at Deer Valley, and 47 at Sundance.

Only the two southwestern Utah resorts, Eagle Point and Brian Head, escaped the windy assault.

Mike Gorrell