WINTER PARK, Colo. (CBS4)– Avalanche control work shut down Highway 40 over Berthoud Pass for a while on Thursday.

Crews with the Colorado Department of Transportation worked to clear the snow slide from the highway after they conducted avalanche control work around 8:30 a.m.

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The highway was closed for about three hour during the cleanup of the snow slide.

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There were a total of four chutes in the area called the Stanley chute. All but one managed to reach the road but were easily cleaned up.

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Crews regularly trigger avalanches in that area to prevent spontaneous avalanches from happening and possibly putting lives at risk.