Category Archives: Winter Restrictions

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.

Winter Restrictions Lifted

Winter road restrictions are no longer in effect and the winter restrictions sign has been removed. Four-wheel drive vehicles are advised, especially in higher elevations and whenever storms are possible.

Large trucks and commercial vehicles are still restricted until further notice. This is to prevent costly damage to the still-soft roads. Please check back here or on our Facebook page before assuming these restrictions have been lifted.

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 (before last night’s storm, all but areas around Little Dipper had melted off), and the road conditions in general with hopes of lifting the restriction within the next week or two.

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