Item: Cornice control methods used by the fernie snow valley pro-patrol
Title: Cornice control methods used by the fernie snow valley pro-patrol
Proceedings: 1990 International Snow Science Workshop, Bigfork, Montana USA, October 9-13
Authors: R. Siggers, Pro-Patroller Fernie Snow Valley Ski Ltd Box 1894 Fernie B.C.
Abstract: Fernie Snow Valley is a medium sized ski resort located in the Front Ranges of the Rocky Mountains of south eastern British Columbia. The resort sits in a snowbelt that receives abundant and heavy snowfalls. Accumulations of 4 to 6 meters in the starting zones is average. The major portion of the ski areas lies within two sub alpine cirques, avalanches of class 4 have been observed in both bowls. A sharp ridge running north to south forms a headwall above the ski area, perpendicular to the prevailing westerly winds. Approximately 500 meters of large cornice form on this 2 km. ridgeline 300 meters above the ski area.
Keywords: fernie snow valley, snowfall, starting zones, ski areas, avalanche
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