HUNTSVILLE -- The Old Snowbasin Road has been closed by Weber County to await repairs of severe damage, the result of slides and frost heaves.
The road curves up from State Road 39 in Ogden Valley, passes the Art Nord Trail head and wends its way to Snowbasin ski resort past Wheeler Creek. It used to be the main road to the ski resort, but has been surpassed by Trappers Loop.
Residents still live along it, though, and recreationists use it to access public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service.
The road is not maintained where it crosses public lands during winter, and the first users this spring found it was broken and sunken in several places, making it impassable even to people on bicycles.
Kelly Hipwell, Weber County road superintendent, said Tuesday the road is closed to all but local traffic. People who live in homes along the road can still get through, even though half the road has collapsed in one place.
"There's enough shoulder, so they can get by," he said.
Hipwell said repairs will have to wait until the weather allows, but the county will fix the road.
"We're waiting for it to stop raining and dry out a bit," he said. The road is built across several active slide areas, and those will remain active until the groundwater dries up.
The closure comes on top of an advisory from the U.S. Forest Service Ogden Ranger District that all trails in Wheeler Creek have been closed until further notice.
The ground is heavily soaked, and the trail closure will keep trails from being rutted by hikers and cyclists.