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Chinook Pass Snow Removal - Opening Efforts - Week
5 - May 16, 2006
Crews continue to make good progress on snow removal
and maintenance from Chinook Pass. Crews are currently in the area
of the bathrooms / overlook area, .3 of a mile east of the National
Park Entrance at the summit. Crews are expected to pass through
the roadway cut at the summit early next week and start down the
west side towards Lake Tipsoe. West of the summit we are unable
to side cast snow because of the decorative rock work and railings.
Instead all snow removed from the roadway prism is spaded to the
blowers for removal. This process slows our progress some.
Cooler temperatures this week have kept the snow conditions tight
at the ridge tops. Warming temperatures over the weekend will likely
provide better conditions for avalanche control work next week.
There are still areas of concerns that need to be addressed behind
the roadway crews once snow conditions permit.
Last fall, construction crews went to work repairing a washed out
section of roadway two miles east of the summit. Winter storms snowed
them out before they could finish. The contractor has moved in this
week to conclude work on this project. The contractor expects to
have all their work completed prior to the opening of Chinook Pass.
Cuts in slide chutes below restroom corner (following 7 photos)
All of the photos below are in the corner
below the restrooms.
||Dozer pioneering a trail towards Park Archway using GPS markings.
Archway is about 300 feet ahead of the bulldozer.
|Avalanche crew starting their trek to the ridge top.
||High winds and new snow greeted the avalanche crew this week.
Winds can transport large amounts of snow onto the slopes above
|Contractor resuming reconstruction work in the washout area
east of the summit. Last fall, the winter weather forced the
contractor to leave the area before they were able to complete
Week 6 Snow Removal - May 19th
View Week 7 Snow Removal - May 26th
Our thanks to Casey McGill of WS DOT for sharing
these great photos so we can see the Chinook Pass conditions as
WS Dot endeavors to open Chinook Pass for the season.