Skiers can get text messages on Utah canyon closures |

Skiers can get text messages on Utah canyon closures

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

SALT LAKE CITY ” To ski or not to ski? Now the Salt Lake County sheriff’s office will tell you before you make it to the mouth of a couple of Utah canyons.

The office has launched a new e-mail and text-message alert system to update drivers when winter weather, snowplowing or avalanche control cause the closure of Big and Little Cottonwood canyons, home to some of the state’s most popular ski resorts.

Lt. Brent Atkinson says the office hopes the new system will prevent traffic jams that clog roads leading to the canyons as people try to wait out closures.

Skiers, snowboards and anyone else can sign up at

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