Some trails remain closed at Vail Pass Rec Area |

Some trails remain closed at Vail Pass Rec Area

SUMMIT COUNTY – Vail Pass Recreation Area, a popular spot for backcountry skiers and snowmobilers, continues to have trail closures due to below-average snowpack. Snow accumulations in the central Rocky Mountains remain below normal, especially in the Vail Pass area.

As of Thursday, Feb. 11, the Shrine Pass/Wilder Gulch connector route (Trail 2 on the pocket map) remained closed to snowmobile use due to a lack of adequate snow. The peak of Ptarmigan Hill within a 50-meter radius of the Ptarmigan radio repeater is also closed, according to Graham Predeger, Backcountry Ranger for the VPWRA. Both trails have closure signage.

These temporary closures have been put into effect in order to prevent resource damage in the popular recreation area. Forest Service rangers will monitor conditions daily in order to reopen closed areas as soon as favorable snow conditions allow.

For current snow and trail conditions across Colorado, snowmobilers can visit the Colorado Snowmobile Association website at

For further information or questions, contact Graham Predeger at (970) 274-9911 or Tyler Kirkpatrick at (970) 376-4317.

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