– fire fire [Applause] hey welcome to Downey live I'm Michael Downey and today I'm in Fernie Alpine Resort and I'll be riding with the ski patrol here as they get set up for opening date so let's go behind the scenes and see how they get ready their ski season all right so first thing in the morning ski patrol checks in with each other they do their little chat and catch up what areas of the mountain need to be tented to what they need to improve on etc then they all bring gear up to the top on the chairlift some guys head up to the tower to launch the Avalanche air make sure there are no avalanches that will fall down on the mountainside hurting any public oh I'm a launcher avalanches what's called yeah never heard that boom when you're standing in line is they're doing Avalanche clearing that's this and Paul is the guy who gets to have all the fun an old advice that we've been using here probably for 30 odd years it's a mark to a day at launcher propellant is nitrogen which is an inert gas we use a snow launcher round with a tail fin assembly that will basically detonate on impact when it hits today we're going to get some clearances for cap crew and our operators out here and then we're gonna fire away at the cedar paste golly just try to clean the rocks off so get out there work under that train later today drop here girls Edith is off asked Claire to test this is on John more not one whether this cleaners on yeah this is off here to test their test okay here's our pressures and target Sir Michael gives us a target named an incline for the gun a pressure sighs and so you know so you can hit your target every time yeah we shoot in the dark in the morning we're shooting for visibility you know all this day that's sort of been here for like I said thirty forty years I like how it even tells you the feedback will be yeah quiet you know obviously likes far behind a property or something how can these things shoot like what's the farthest target 1000 meters yeah our accuracy of course diminishes as we get that far away of course we're gonna be in a little closer today to what we call the cedar face golly scooter face rock it's sort of where the where our cat roads and our public are gonna sort of be as close to the Train or under that train try to get a little bit of feedback stuff happening with the storm snow and it just looks in your hands spoke it's bigger than your hand yeah so that's a one-kilogram see al all right snow launcher put this here basically and we're gonna fit it with a high-strength cap and a tail fin assembly and when the three pieces are together it has a arming system that'll arm itself as it comes up the barrel about 50 feet and hopefully on impact a strike will go forward and initiate an explosion and they're filled with probably called pinch light which is like basically amazing product and then hot pour it into these plastic things like hardware to so obviously before firing this thing there's a lot of inspections that take place they also have to get a lot of clearances make sure there is no one in the area no cats no ski patrol no public then this wall behind is steel plate filled with sand it's quite thick so we have to be completely behind that but lucky for you I can put the camera on the edge filming the mountain that we're firing at so hopefully we can see something ok Tyler we are cap is in can show us together shots together let's eat it we're gonna working pressure 180 psi here loud one the first to hit snow field on us that did hit a rock all the way down I was a quicker one like I was a little closer didn't fly you want to throw a size on those two decent ones maybe big one fives I'd say depends on the volume you know a dozen had a lot of show there's a one five mean sort of magnitude asides there depended on run lengths destructive potential mass stay like thirty sort of tons of mass somewhere in there 30 to 40 tons maybe even on your way to a hundred tons at that point I mean in terms of run like there were well over 100 meters mm-hmm well that's one off the bucket list but more importantly it's something I've always wondered about how they do it and now we know while I'm back at the hotel now getting ready for a hot tub but don't go anywhere because I will be here at Bernie Alpine Resort going behind the scenes all weekend so make sure to subscribe because I don't know where I'm going next but I know I want you there with me so until next time see ya

Avalanche Blasting with Fernie Ski Patrol – THE AVALAUNCHER

11 thoughts on “Avalanche Blasting with Fernie Ski Patrol – THE AVALAUNCHER

  • July 28, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    Looks like the air cannons I built as a boy lol….

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  • July 28, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    Are the areas they blasted usually open? Or are they just located above ski slopes that are open?

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  • July 28, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    Ok, while I appreciate science, the love and the challenge of figuring out moisture, stability, and weak points in the snow? Your U.S. Government more than likely fired several hundred thousand of the very same shells you're firing today in the middle east in the last 19 years………..Put the f'ing calculator away already! Fire as many shells as you need to! Keep people safe from avalanche's!!!!…..SIMPLE!

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  • July 28, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    Well in switzerland we do it with helicopters and bigger explosives.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    That launch sounds like liitle dog barking.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    I'm glad that steel plate is there – I was going to say the wood would not be enough to stop if something went wrong. I had a potato gun explode on me so I can only imagine what would happen here.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    Great video showing some serious work!

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  • July 28, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    Thank you for the great video showing the work our nephew Paul does to keep everyone safe!

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  • July 28, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    Another wicked vid! I have an aunt and uncle that live at the base of the mountain. Such a wicked hill to shred! 👍🏻

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  • July 28, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    Pharken awesome!

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