ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colo. (CBS4)– The Colorado Department of Transportation conducted avalanche mitigation on Highway 6 in the Loveland Pass area of Summit County on Tuesday morning. One blast sent 6-8 feet of snow over the highway.

The blast on the “Widowmaker” about midmorning created the avalanche that left a snow slide over the highway, which was closed at the time. Travel to A Basin was temporarily blocked to skiers as a result.

Arapahoe Basin

(credit: Arapahoe Basin)

Crews estimated it will take about two hours to clear the highway of snow.

Avalanche mitigation has been active in the mountains since last week’s winter storm dumped up to 3 feet of snow in some areas.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center determined that much of the avalanche danger in the high country is moderate to considerable.