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Mt. Bethel snow fences
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The Mt. Bethel snow fences are located across the valley from Loveland Pass, Colorado.  They were built to stop the windblown snow from landing into a nearby cirque, to which significant snow buildup has caused major avalanches to funnel into the valley below where Interstate 70 crosses.  Such a large avalanche scar is visible as you drive on the interstate.  By putting up the fences, it causes a barrier to the air funnelling to which the blowing snow will deposit itself immediately after the fence, preventing avalanche concern.  Other such avalanche hazards in the vicinity are deterred from minor explosions which one can often hear.  From Loveland Pass, these fences stick out as two prominent lines on the slope across the way, usually there's always some tourist standing there wondering what the heck those things are...

Copyright: William L
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 13200x6600
Taken: 27/03/2015
Uploaded: 27/03/2015
Updated: 11/03/2017
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Tags: mount bethel; snow fences; 12er; 13er; colorado; front range; winter; snow; the citadel; hagar mountain; tundra; interstate 70; loveland pass
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