Various rumors about the Quarry Road have been floating around. We asked our Quarry information sources for their take. Here you go (paraphrased):
“We’ve been quarrying on a regular basis,” said our source. “The international market is a little slow, but nonetheless happening. We are planning on regular operations this winter, including our normal road plowing.”
A key aspect of Quarry operations is they sell much of their product overseas, most notably to Italy. They did shut down for a time this spring and early summer when Italy was heavily hit by Covid, then began cutting and shipping marble around midsummer. Thus, there’s some uncertainty with all this. If Covid rates increase in Europe, and lockdowns commence, Quarry operations could slow down or cease altogether.
Note that the Quarry operates their water pumping system even when production is idled. This can require a certain amount of road upkeep no matter what.
What to do if the road isn’t plowed? It’s a 2.7 mile uphill slog to the Marble Peak trailhead. Fit, motivated skiers might not mind the walk, but it’s a bit soul crushing if you’re used to parking at the start of the real skiing. It’s legal to use a snowmobile if the road is not plowed (and quasi-legal otherwise). Driving or otherwise, know the road crosses through numerous avalanche paths.
For more about Quarry Road, please see our FAQ.