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I-70 reopens after full closure over Vail Pass Monday for avalanche mitigation

Vail Pass Dec 27 2021
Posted at 6:35 AM, Dec 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-27 12:47:20-05

Interstate 70 was closed in both directions at Vail Pass starting at 9 a.m. Monday for avalanche mitigation work.

The closure last until about 10:40 a.m., when all lanes reopened.

Westbound traffic was stopped at exit 195 at Copper Mountain. Eastbound traffic was stopped at exit 176 in Vail, with a CMV closure at exit 180 in East Vail.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said the highway will close intermittently Monday.

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Many avalanches rumbled down Colorado mountains over the weekend, including one that killed a skier near Cameron Pass and one that buried a skier near Ophir. In the latter case, the Colorado Avalanache Information Center said the person was rescued by friends and was found unconscious. However, they were able to ski out with the group. According to a report submitted to CAIC on Sunday, a dog was caught and buried in an avalanche at Berthoud Pass, but was also found and is OK.