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An big dump of new powder snow is cause for celebration at this time of year, but high winds and major snow accumulation can also cause the danger of real avalanches and lift accidents.

Monarch Mountain Ski Resort, which opened yesterday, has been temporarily closed due to dangerous conditions and 65-mile-per-hour wind gusts, which make running lifts dangerous. The ski resort has announced that all lifts are closed today due to high winds and the Crest is also closed.

U.S. 50 over Monarch Pass is open, but there are avalanche warnings up in the usual avalanche-prone areas of the roadway, as well as treacherous road conditions due to heavy snow and blowing snow.