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Snow farming keeps Timberline Lodge open through summer

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Mountain Technology,

In this video, Logan Stewart, Mountain Manager of Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Oregon, US, explains how the resort uses snow farming to collect snow throughout winter and place it where needed.

Timberline uses PistenBully snowcats equipped with SnowSAT technology to measures snow depth, meaning it can be quickly determined which areas require more snow.

The crew digs trenches in the snow, known as wind rows, that create a series of ridges; when a storm occurs, the resulting snow that’s blown around is caught on the spines and collected. This technique has seen between 3 – 4 ft of snow captured in the trenches, ready to be placed around the resort as needed.

This practice enables the resort to stay open through summer until September.

Video credit: Timberline Lodge

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