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Buried in Fresh Snow before Thanksgiving!!

Discussion in 'Storm Pictures' started by Alaska Boss, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    Well, since I've had nothing but nice weather for 2 weeks now, I decided to drive down to Valdez today (the town south of me where I fish during the summer,.. & where the Trans Alaska Pipeline terminates), to take care of a few things, and took a few pictures of the mountains along the way,...

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  2. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    The mountain pass that I have to go thru has had many feet of snow this winter already, but also alot of wind,... so some places are almost bare, others have heavy drifts,...

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  3. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    But on clear days like this, a person can see for many miles, and these mountains won't see green on them again for another 8 months,... :cool:

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  4. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    Zoomed in on a couple peaks,....

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  5. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    As I came down off the Pass,... (it's downhill for about 9 miles), frozen waterfalls were hanging off the hillsides right along the road,...

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  6. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    And as I got closer to Valdez, bald eagles became more numerous,... there's still a few spawning salmon left in some of the streams, but when they're all dead & gone, the eagles have to leave or turn into dumpster divers in order to survive the deep snowy winters of coastal Alaska,...

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  7. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    Valdez got about 3 feet of snow in the last day or two, (only had about a foot prior to this), so everyone was busy digging out again,... and piles of snow 10' high & higher were everywhere....

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  8. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    Valdez gets about 25'-30' of snow on an average winter, and close to double that on heavy snow years, so you don't see many plows on pickups,.... the city, the state, businesses and snow removal companies all use big loaders with snow buckets or pushers,.. a pickup would be overwhelmed in just one overnight storm,... :dizzy:

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  9. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    And every loader is chained up,... everyone runs chains on all equipment all winter,... the city loaders are going up & down every street all day long,.. all winter long,.... carrying snow away to empty lots,.... wesport

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  10. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    Almost every street in Valdez dead ends,... most are not connected,.. in part, so there's a storage area at the end of each street for the loaders to quickly clear & stack snow in the ends,... :cool:

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  11. Tacr2man

    Tacr2man Member
    from England
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    A/Boss youve convinced me . as soon as the financial system turns round (having to work too much at the mo payup) will have to visit your beautiful home state ussmileyflag
     
  12. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    I have to laugh when I read where people are always saying "Never plow snow across the street",... "it's illegal to plow across a street", etc.... because here you literally HAVE to plow into the street,... they almost want you to, like this guy is doing with his ATV, so the city loaders can carry it down to the end & stack it,... otherwise people end up getting boxed in, and half-way plug the street off,... not so much now yet, but by March, things will look alot different than they do now,... they just want you to leave enough room so your neighbors can get in & out, til the city cleans it up,... :salute:

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  13. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    You bet,..come on over anytime,...our fishing here is just as good as the snow plowing,... :D


    More piles,....

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  14. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    Some of the piles were more than half way up the power poles already,.... :dizzy:

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  15. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    Skid steers are everywhere,... I would bet that Valdez has more skids per/capita then just about anywhere else in the country,... far more skids than pickup plows,... many of them like this one are smaller models, but it's the only real piece of equipment that's small enough for most people to own & run, yet able to deal with the amounts of snow that fall here...

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  16. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    Another city loader cleaning up an empty snow storage lot,....

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  17. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    Couple more shots of streets & piles,....

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  18. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
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    Finally headed back up the highway,.... with the sun high-lighting the mountain tops,... and one more eagle watching from a tree top as I drove by,.... it's shaping up to be a good winter,.... :salute::salute::salute:

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  19. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
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    can always count on you for great pictures. :nod:

    Thankyou for sharing.:)
     
  20. DeVries

    DeVries PlowSite.com Addict
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    Alaska thanks for allowing us once again to see the awesome part of the country you live in.
    Hope that you have a prosperous season and please keep sending us the pics:drinkup: