The first Wyssen Avalanche Tower in the US has completed its first winter season of operation successfully. Manufactured by Swiss firm Wyssen Avalanche Control, the technology is already used for avalanche control in Switzerland, Austria, Norway and Canada. The tower was installed in November last year at Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah, where the ski resorts of Alta and Snowbird are located.
Traffic from skiers can be an issue in the area and numerous avalanche paths endanger the highway. The Utah Department of Transportation’s (UDOT) avalanche control team for LCC has previously used artillery and Remote Avalanche Control Systems to mitigate avalanche hazards.
Despite a below average snowpack, the tower has been used regularly for avalanche control this past winter, and has protecting a section of highway in the Little Cottonwood Canyon. This technology could be adopted elsewhere in Utah as well as in other avalanche prone states such as Colorado and California. In future years, there may be increased ise of this technology in Utah and other avalanche prone states such as Colorado and California.
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