The recent snow events here in the Valley have been great from the Nordic and Alpine Skiing perspective, but this great natural snow cover creates a special set of challenges for our Public Works crew. More snow means more plowing and salting on the roads and sidewalks. Once the plowing stops there is additional work to push-back snow banks, digging out fire hydrants and drainage structures, and do the final salt and sand runs on the sidewalks.
|DPW crews add another load of salt to a plow truck on a snowy afternoon.|
Please be conscious of difficult travel conditions and give the plow vehicles a wide berth. Visibility from the truck is restricted by plow equipment and the crews are usually working in poor weather situations which limits their view from the truck even more. The Ski Resort operates a great shuttle bus service - please consider uses that service instead of driving a private vehicle from the Valley to the Ski Area. The reduction in the number of vehicles helps the Town service roads and clean up after storms
All of the snow hasn't come in large storms. We have had several events that brought small amounts of snow along with ice and freezing rain conditions. Even small storms cause our crew to be out early and/or stay late to get and keep our roads safe for residents, property owners and guests. Our crew has already treated roads for snow and ice issues more this year than in the period November 15 to March 31st of the 17/18 season - and we still have two and a half months to go in this season!
Thank you for your patience as we treat the roads and for your help in keeping everyone safe in winter weather conditions. Enjoy your time on the slopes or on the trails!