Photo: Snowmass’ Cirque Headwall reopens today |

Photo: Snowmass’ Cirque Headwall reopens today

Snowmass Ski Patrol’s avalanche mitigation efforts produced two unusually large slides on the Cirque Headwall Thursday. The terrain has been closed for four days as crews have worked on getting other areas around the mountain open following heavy snowfall over the last week, said Craig Chalmers, ski patrol director.

“We’ve just come through a big (storm) cycle, kind of an unusual cycle for us,” he said. “We’re seeing a large load on a really weak snowpack and that created some unique challenges for us getting terrain open.”

The Cirque Headwall terrain was wind-loaded, so crews hit it Wednesday with small explosives and then returned Thursday with large Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil (ANFO) explosives, Snow Safety Director Nathan Garfield said, adding that it’s unusual to have that terrain closed for such a long period of time.

The Cirque Headwall reopens today.

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