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Guardsman Pass expected to open to motorists Friday

Driving to Big Cottonwood Canyon just got a lot quicker.
Utah Department of Transportation
UDOT says Guardsman Pass is expected to open for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

As the winter snow continues to melt, local roads are opening up for the summer, too.

According to the Utah Department of Transportation, road crews are currently working to clear Guardsman Pass of snow ahead of an expected opening on Friday, May 27.

UDOT says the road from Big Cottonwood Canyon to Park City is already mostly clear of snow, but additional maintenance is required in order to get it ready for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Despite the anticipated opening, UDOT says it is still weather-dependent in case the Wasatch back is “graced with a seventh winter.”

UDOT Region Two Public Information Officer Kylar Sharp told KPCW snow removal is underway on the Mirror Lake Highway from Kamas to the Wyoming Border and UDOT is aiming to open the road by Memorial day, May 30.

Pine Canyon Road from Midway to Guardsman Pass remains closed.

The most current road conditions can be found here.

Sean Higgins covers all things Park City and is the Saturday Weekend Edition host at KPCW. Sean spent the first five years of his journalism career covering World Cup skiing for Ski Racing Media here in Utah and served as Senior Editor until January 2020. As Senior Editor, he managed the day-to-day news section of skiracing.com, as well as produced and hosted Ski Racing’s weekly podcast. During his tenure with Ski Racing Media, he was also a field reporter for NBC Sports, covering events in Europe.