How Do You Clean Up After a Dozen Avalanches?

On Jan­u­ary 24, 2014, a dozen avalanch­es along the high­way into Valdez, Alas­ka, buried major sec­tions of the only road in  and out of the pop­u­lar heli-ski­ing town. One avalanche filled the entire Key­stone Canyon, 300 feet wide, 50 feet deep, and 1,500 feet long. The Lowe Riv­er was dammed, cre­at­ing a lake in the mid­dle of the high­way.

It took a few weeks for the high­way to re-open; as you can imag­ine, mov­ing twelve avalanch­es of snow cov­er­ing a val­ley is no easy task. Seed Medi­a’s lat­est video cap­tures a unique point of view of what it takes to start the daunt­ing task. Ver­ti­cal Solu­tions heli­copters took film­mak­ers for a fly-over of the area to get a sense of the sheer mag­ni­tude.

If you did­n’t respect the pow­ers of Moth­er Nature before, this will kick some sense into you!