Item: Mount bachelor's pine marten snowfence
Title: Mount bachelor's pine marten snowfence
Proceedings: 1988 International Snow Science Workshop, Whistler, October 12-15
Authors: R. L. Jairell and T. C. Rodgers
Abstract: Opening the Pine Marten lift at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon, in 1986 presented new opportunities for skiers (Figure 1). But problems with wind erosion at the lift's upper landing also presented new challenges for slope grooming. A large wind-swept area around the upper terminal prevented skier access to good skiing on lower slopes. Groomers, relocated snow from a natural accumulation below the landing, but the long, uphill push and the extensive area needing snow made this an expensive solution. A vertical-slat snow fence 1.2 m (4 ft) tall, build near the landing (Figure 2), did not capture sufficient snow, but it did indicate that a taller snowfence might help. This paper describes construction and results of a tall snowfence that solved the problem.
Keywords: snowfence, skiing, wind erosion
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