Snow Removal for the Stouthearted (Core77)

When you think shoveling your walkway after a snowstorm is an onerous chore, it might help to gaze at these photos of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, which connects the Japanese municipalities of Tateyama and Omachi through snowy, mountainous terrain.


  1. Jeanette MacNeille says:

    I have been in Tateyama with my husband, visiting the family of one of our exchange students. In addition to the extraordinary snow removal up the mountain, they have an unusual way of keeping the roads clear in town. The area has many streams and isn’t too cold — usually about 28 degrees F to about 34 degrees F. They set a pipe under the yellow line in the middle of the road. If it snows, tiny sprinklers shoot the stream water up about 18 inches and as it runs off it melts the snow. It wouldn’t work if the climate were cooler or if water were scarce.

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