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Interested in snow engineering?

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Coming up in Davos, from 5-7 July, is an interesting event for those who want to know more about snow.

The 5th International Conference on Snow Engineering will feature papers and forums on subjects as diverse as:

- "Mechanical properties of snow on ski slopes."
- "Reducing avalanche hazard to US Route 89/191 in Jackson, Wyoming using snow sails."
- "Experimental study on open air storage of snow with simple insulation using agricultural waste."
- "Fuzzy parameters analysis of powder snow avalanches."

Here's the conference website, if you're interested. I think we should know more about "snow sails".
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
A quick Google reveals this lead.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Quote:

"Experimental study on open air storage of snow with simple insulation using agricultural waste."


Boggle
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Yes, I think this paper must enter the snowHeads field of knowledge. Let's see if we can get hold of a copy. It's being presented by Nakamura Yoichi, Sugiyama Hiroyasu, and Kamimura Seiji.

The storage of snow (and ice) is actually a very interesting subject. I have a copy of a wonderful little book about ice houses, which were used to store natural ice from frozen ponds and lakes before refrigeration existed. There are examples all over the UK.
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
David Goldsmith, if I remember rightly, there's an one at the London Canal Museum at Kings Cross.
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re "snow sails"
The Lake Chutes at Breck have similar structures - placed above them on the ridgeline by Ski Patrol, to break up the wind and reduce the build-up of the cornice.


Last edited by You'll need to Register first of course. on Wed 30-06-04 20:43; edited 1 time in total
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 Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
"Snow sails" sound like artificial bushes!

I wonder why Mars are sponsoring the conference...

Well one of the authors is clearly online:
http://www.nagaokaut.ac.jp/e/data/souran/teacher/kamimura_seiji.html

Best leave it a while then ask nicely if we can have a PDF copy of the paper...
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
oh dear, I read every incidence of "snow sails" on this page as "snow snails".

I'm a little disappointed now actually Sad
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You'll get to see more forums and be part of the best ski club on the net.
Never mind admin, I suggest U try this

(but don't have your first go in a small blizzard as we did with Kitewings in Norway Shocked )
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- "Experimental study on open air storage of snow with simple insulation using agricultural waste."

Giant cow pats?
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Yes, giant inflatable cow pats (but preferably not inflated with hot air) could be ideal. Excellent suggestion.
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And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
There I was thinking they meant in hay stacks. Shocked
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