The way interlodge works is that no one can go outside at all until the snowpack stabilizes. That can go all day. The time I described was in 97 (I think.. it was the year the Packers went all the way). It had actually rained up at Alta in January.. then snowed six or seven feet that week. That Saturday, it snowed all day and really got heavy that afternoon.It was an epic powder day, of course, but things started avalanching all over. Mount Surperior slid and the road shut down. Hellgate's garage got blown away. Alta and Snowbird interlodged everyone, guests and day skiers, and no one could leave the buildings. I managed to get a bunk at the Peruvian; best place to get stranded. The nonguests stuck at the Cliff Lodge and Goldminer's Daughter had a miserable night sleeping in halways in their skiboots and clothes. We tried to get out that night.. I was in the bar at the Peruvian when patrol told us to get to our cars and get out at 9:00 pm using the bypass road. I dug out my Subaru in the dark and joined the line crawling down the canyon until a patroller ran up the line yelling "beach the cars! get inside now!".. luckily I was close to the Peruvian and got in. An avalanche had come down in the dark and taken out four cars. One hit the lodge too, but I'm not clear as to when. Anyway, we got our asses inside fast and were stuck there untill 4 the next afternoon. People pulled the liners out of their boots for slippers and made do. Peruvian fed everyone, guests and the stranded alike, passed out pillows and blankets and took care of everyone. Next day we all watched the Packer game on the bigscreen in the common room. It was a pajama party. Meanwhile, down the hill at Snowbird, they opened the hill .. but only to the people there as the canyon road stayed closed all day. Alta was too dangerous to open. No one was killed, although there were some injuries in the cars that were hit; the most serious occuring when someone got out of their vehicle and then got pinned between two cars when one came down. I heard that Patrol* had everyone dug out instantly.
The snowpack is out of control now.. reports today of a backcountry party getting hit and two deaths. It's very sad and it happens every winter around here.
* actually, it was some combination of Sheriff's dept. and patrollers.. everybody official pitched in.. the rest of us stayed in our lodges or cars and followed directions(except the one guy.) I spoke to a patroller after and he said the cars were lightly buried or rolled and that it was fairly easy to liberate the occupants.
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