Logan Canyon reopens after Wednesday avalanche

LOGAN — Logan Canyon, US-89 is open again after an avalanche Wednesday afternoon closed the canyon for more than 21-hours.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jason Kendrick reported the canyon reopened Thursday morning at 9 a.m., after crews determined the risk of additional snow slides had decreased.

Troopers closed the canyon Wednesday at noon to all motorists, after an avalanche occurred west of the Beaver Mountain Ski Resort near mile post 486. The snow and debris blocked both lanes of the road.

Kendrick said crews used equipment to remove the snow but then decided to keep the road closed because of concerns for additional slides.

“They have cleared the area out,” said Kenderick. “Because it was so unstable, they have left it alone until they can bring the unstable snow down with charges.”

After some of the snow was cleared, skiers from Beaver Mountain were allowed to drive out of the canyon in convoys. They reported the slide was pretty large and had knocked down several trees.

Avalanche experts with the Utah Department of Transportation were brought in to evaluate the slide. They reportedly used charges to trigger anymore unstable snow in the area.

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