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ikook

This was the first time I saw them as well, Allie, and during my stay I didn't see another slope with quite as many fences.
You must be right about the helicopter, I noticed helicopters are very much part of everyday life here.

alliebono

Would have been interesting seeing this being built!! I'm sure they used helicopters to take stuff up there and also help position it in place. They obviously knew what they were doing but it is the fist time I have heard of such precautions - a great feat!!! Hope it works for them... always a shame to hear of people being killed while on holiday in the mountains. Recently they even found a body of a woman that had been dead for a hundred years or so but not sure where exactly!

ikook

I've been in Switzerland before, in another valley, Suzy, and they didn't have this, so I was very impressed. These slopes are really steep and these fences are solid metal bars. The money and work that must have gone into this! How did they even get all that stuff up there, how did they anchor it, how did they calculate it?
But this is a very popular ski resort, tourism is the main source of income.
I read the aerial cableway station in Wengen once was hit by an avalanche. They could have restored it, but decided to rebuild in a safer spot.
Still, avalanches can occur in any mountain region, and occasionally take their toll.

Allie, I think you may be right. These fences are pretty high, I think they come up to one's chest or shoulders. I'm really very impressed, and also pretty sure they have been calculated to do the job. There will probaly also be a dam at the foot of the slope to break the speed of an avalanche if it should come. They are capable of calculating how much snow will come down in an avalanche, at what speed, in which direction, and how far it will come.
They also monitor the snow. Did you hear about the 8 hikers killed in an avalanche earlier this year? They were in an area that had actually been closed to the public because measurements had shown the snow was not stable.

pumpkinhead

Quite an array of fencing to help with control, Marry. Thank you for this photo-it's something many of us would never see.

alliebono

Oh really!? Wouldn't have thought anything could stop an avalanche - I suppose it would stop the speed and quantity of material. Very clever! Thanks Marry x

ikook

Avalanche control, Allie. They sure go to great lenghts to ensure safety.

alliebono

Are those windbreakers Marry? Great photo! x

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