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Should UDOT open mountain roads year-round?

Snowmobilers, skiers say study on question didn’t seek their input.

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"Plowing the roads will have a huge economic impact on riders in Utah and tourists who come here to ride," Hayes said. "There would likely be fewer people buying snowmobiles and less people traveling to ride and making stops at gas stations and restaurants on the way there or the way home."

Besides Wolf Creek pass, the other seven state highway sections that close for winter and are included in the study are: SR39, the Monte Cristo Highway; SR-65, East Canyon; SR-92, American Fork Canyon/Alpine Loop; SR-148, Cedar Breaks; SR-150 the Mirror Lake Highway; SR-153, Mt. Holly Junction Road; and Guardsman Pass, SR-224/190.

At a glance

Eight state highway that close for winter, for now:

» Wolf Creek Pass, SR-35 from Francis to Hannah.

» Monte Cristo Highway, SR-39 from Huntsville to Woodruff.

» East Canyon, SR-65.

» American Fork Canyon/Alpine Loop, SR-92.

» Cedar Breaks, SR-148.

» Mirror Lake Highway, SR-150.

» Mt. Holly Junction Road, SR-153.

» Guardsman Pass, SR-224/190.

By the numbers

30,000-plus » Estimated number of snowmobilers in Utah

1,200 » Miles of trails groomed by state parks crews

Source: Utah state parks

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Brett Prettyman contributed to this report.

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