Snowing Plowing in Japan – Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

The north-east got socked over the weekend with 2-3 feet of snow, but when compared to the alpine pass between Tateyama and Ōmachi, they got off easy. This road through the Japanese Alps is a major tourist destination for its sweeping panoramas, majestic mountains, and during the springtime, its towering snow walls. This route is often referred to as the snow corridor and the snow along the side of the road can be as high as 25 meters.

Plowing this road requires something like a full-scale mining operation. Road crews use a combination of traditional plows, back-hoes, and powerful snow blowers to jettison the snow up and over the side, as shown in this video.

[ via Core 77]

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