Winter is fast approaching and has hit BSR pretty hard twice already this Fall making it difficult to drive in and out. We hope you’ve already done any necessary winterizing. We highly recommend four-wheel drive vehicles only until the snow and ice from the recent storms melts off.
Winter Restrictions will go into effect soon–typically around Thanksgiving (plus or minus a week). We won’t know for sure when until the snow stops melting, but we will give as much notice as possible. Please use caution at all times and evaluate the weather and conditions before you enter BSR.
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.
It is the responsibility of every Association Member to ensure their guests are aware when Winter Restrictions are in effect and what that means. We had a few non-snow vehicles go into BSR last winter by guests. Most required assistance to get out. We hope anyone who received assistance has treated their rescuers with a giant gift basket for helping them out of their sad blunder. 😉
The 2019 Spring annual road maintenance is complete. The restriction on large trucks and commercial vehicles has been lifted.
Winter road restrictions have been lifted. Some areas are still quite soft and have been coned off. Do not move the cones and drive through the areas! It will cause costly damage to the roads. Here are the continuing limitations:
- MacKenzie (Mud Hill) is closed from Fremont to the top of Mud Hill. There is road damage from vehicles that needs to be repaired. It is not possible to drive around the damage. (See picture)
- As usual, large trucks and commercial vehicles are still restricted for a couple more weeks (until May 18th).
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.
Update 5/3/2019: The snow leveling was successful and has improved the safety of access throughout BSR during our transition from winter. It has also helped the snow melt more evenly. We’re inspecting the roads on Monday, May 6, with our road maintenance contractor. We’ll announce as soon as Winter Restrictions are lifted. Please help protect our roads (and budget) and honor the Winter Restrictions while they are 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.
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.
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.