Category Archives: Winter Restrictions

Snow Leveling 4/25/2019

The high snow pack late into the season has necessitated an unusual bit of road maintenance that will be conducted tomorrow, Thursday, April 25th. When the snow has lingered into Spring and caused treacherous conditions for approved winter-access vehicles, the Board has in the past approved grading of the snow to promote safety, more even melting, and earlier drying of the roads for more timely removal of Winter Restrictions.

Spring 2019 has had plenty of lingering snow and landed squarely in those treacherous conditions. The roads within BSR are currently in a great variety of conditions ranging from dry and ready for vehicles in some areas to covered with mounds of snow in several others. It’s the mounds of snow which pose a problem to approved winter travel. To remedy this, Park City Landscape and Snow Removal will be at BSR tomorrow to attempt to level out the mounds.

Please continue to observe the posted Winter Restrictions. If the leveling being conducted tomorrow is successful and with continued support from the weather, we hope to start lifting the restrictions in the next 2-3 weeks.

Winter Restrictions in Effect

Winter road restrictions are in effect any time the winter restrictions sign is posted on the gate. During winter restrictions, only snow vehicles—such as snowmobiles, snow cats, and ATVs—are permitted on BSR roads. Cars, trucks, and 4-wheel drive vehicles are not permitted until restrictions are lifted.

As a reminder, large trucks and commercial vehicles are typically restricted for an additional 1-3 weeks after the winter restrictions are lifted (depending on weather). This is to prevent costly damage to the still-soft roads.

We are monitoring the weather, the remaining snow, and the road conditions in general with hopes of lifting the restriction some time in April. It is, however, too soon to know when we will be able to lift the restrictions. We have had quite a lot of snow this year—a few more inches total depth than two years ago—but it has come later in the year than previously. It may be into May before it all melts off and dries out enough to allow non-snow vehicles.

Please check back here or on our Facebook page before assuming restrictions have been lifted.

Fluffy Snow Access

We’ve been getting plenty of the greatest snow on Earth at BSR lately. If you are planning to visit with a snow vehicle, please make sure it has tracks! Wheeled ATVs have been getting stuck in our fresh, fluffy snow pretty regularly over the past week. Snowmobiles and snow cats are recommended. If you use a tracked ATV, make sure you stay on the roads where the fresh snow is not as deep. Please avoid entering BSR with any wheeled ATVs or UTVs until after we get some warmer days to help re-pack the roads.

Park Clear of Highway

With the big storm coming in tomorrow, it’s a good time to remind everyone to park well off the highway. Snow plows will be coming through the canyon a lot tomorrow. As of this afternoon, several cars were parked along the highway which could be cited. If you park–or are parked–along the highway, make sure you are at least four feet away from the white line at the edge of the lane. Any closer and you will likely be seen as a hinderance to the plow drivers and may be ticketed.

Winter Restrictions Coming Soon

The storm we received at BSR on Saturday just about put us into Winter Restrictions mode for the season. If you don’t have 4-wheel drive, we currently do not recommend going down the hill inside the gate–you’ll likely need the 4-wheel traction to get back out.

Another storm is forecast for Thursday through Friday with a possibility of 1-3 inches of snow on Thursday. If you are planning to spend Thanksgiving at BSR, be sure you take a snow-going vehicle (ATV, snowmobile, snow cat, etc.) with you. It is very likely we will be implementing Winter Restrictions before week’s end.

For more information about Winter Restrictions, please see our Upcoming Winter Restrictions post.

Upcoming Winter Restrictions

Winter is fast approaching which means Winter Restrictions will go into effect soon–typically around Thanksgiving (plus or minus a week). We won’t know for sure when Winter Restrictions will begin until the snow stops melting, but we will give as much notice as possible.

What does “Winter Restrictions” mean? Winter road restrictions are in effect any time the winter restrictions sign is posted on the gate. This is done when the snow or ice accumulation is significant enough to make travel on BSR roads hazardous. During winter restrictions, only snow vehicles—such as snowmobiles, snow cats, and ATVs—are permitted past the BSR gate. Cars, trucks, and 4-wheel drive vehicles are not permitted until restrictions are lifted. Even if you see car tracks going past the gate, this does not mean it is okay for you to drive in. This is for everyone’s safety. We’ve had people in the past who disobey the restrictions and end up blocking the road at the bottom of the gated hill.

With our new electric gate, “Winter Restrictions” take on a slightly different implementation, but the same restrictions as discussed above still apply. In the past, only certain residents had a “winter key” which allowed them to open the large gate year-round. Other residents had to use the smaller “snowmobile gate.” A bullock will soon be installed just in front of the small gate and the gate will remain open to allow safe passage of pedestrians who otherwise would walk around the now treacherous north end of the gate. Thus, the small gate will no longer be used for snowmobile access. Instead, all Association members will be able to use their key card, fob, transmitter, or PIN to open the large gate year-round.

Each key card, fob, transmitter, and PIN is registered to a name. Access through the gate will be recorded for reference by the Board when there is an issue. In addition, a monitoring camera is being installed at our gate to support proper adherence to Winter Restrictions and give additional protection for the community as a whole.

We will send additional information and answers to a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) when we mail out key cards and any purchased fobs and/or transmitters in the next 2-3 weeks.