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A frosty image for the last day of winter. Taken in the morning after an early start out of Revelstoke towards Banff. Rogers Pass is 70km east of Revelstoke on the Trans Canada highway, along some of the most avalanche prone stretch of road in the world. Snow in this region falls in heavy wet flakes because of the proximity of the Pacific, and the air is rarely very cold, so the steep slopes are not stable. Bad bad baaad image quality because it was scanned from an old negative, and the misty clouds cast strange shadows on the mountainsides. The following info is copied from britishcolumbia.com:

Travelling through Rogers Pass requires you to go through five long tunnels, which add a measure of protection from avalanches, although they can be a bit unnerving the first time. The lofty sensation of crossing Rogers Pass is one of the rewards for travelling here.

Rogers Pass (elevation 4,534 feet/1382 m) is located at the summit in Glacier National Park, and operates the Park's main Interpretation Centre. The Information Centre is the principal source of information regarding the park. Services provided include Backcountry Reports, Closed Area Entry Permits, and National Park Permits.

The actual Rogers Pass was first used by the Canadian Pacific Railways in 1885, after Major A.B. Rogers had found the long-sought and forbidding route through the Selkirk Mountains, and reached the summit of the pass that now bears his name, in 1881.

Road construction through the pass was completed in 1962, and travel over the pass today is safe and relatively free from the dangers of the "White Death" snow avalanches that claimed the lives of 250 railroad workers during the thirty year period that the CPR used the pass.

Parks Canada operates the world's largest mobile avalanche control program to keep the Trans-Canada Highway and the Canadian Pacific Railway operating through Rogers Pass. Slopes adjacent to the highway are closed due to artillery fire. Other areas are reserved as test slopes or snow profile sites and must not be disturbed because of their importance to avalanche hazard forecasting.

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