Monday, February 10th 2020, 1:13 pm - Viral images emerged over the weekend of hordes of skiers and snowboards at mountain bases in Colorado.
Between Thursday and Saturday, Colorado's Vail Mountain saw large amounts of snow, with close to 100 cm draping ski slopes.
Some of the public areas were closed during the snow event while crews worked to reduce the avalanche risk and keep guests safe -- but that didn't stop skiers and snowboarders from flocking to the slopes to take advantage of the historic amounts of powder on the ground.
That -- combined with some lift closures -- caused people to bottleneck at mountain bases Friday and Saturday.
One image, taken at Gondola One on Friday went viral on Instagram, featuring a mass of people extending up the slope.
Vail said the area was cleared up a few hours later.
“It’s a Herculean effort to dig out lifts and ensure terrain is safe when there is this much snow,” Beth Howard, Vail Mountain COO said on Friday, according to the Aspen Times.
Lifts began re-opening through the day.
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