Monday, December 4, 2017

Compaction / Disruption Roller

Back on September 7 of last year, I wrote a post about our new "Compaction Roller." The way the snow fell last year, very light to start and then heavy, heavy, heavy, we didn't get much of a chance to use it. This year has been different. This week we have been using the compaction roller on Middle Chute of Slalom Slope and Main Street and 2nd and 3rd Bowls on Pali with lots more to go.

I think we are changing our name of the device from Compaction Roller to Disruption Roller. The compaction component definitely helps and improves ski-ability. We are using the word Disruption because the machine disrupts snow slabs and disrupts the propagation pathways within those slabs reducing the chance of avalanches. So it is both a compaction and a disruption roller.



3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Was wondering about the use of this tool. I assume this is pulled up with the winch on a winch cat?

Alan Henceroth - COO said...

Yes, the roller is lowered and raised by the winch cat.

Anonymous said...

So the days of 50 ski bums sidestepping the run on rock skis for a free lift ticket are nothing but a momento of the good old days?