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Merry Christmas, Alta

Alta gets a new 105mm Howitzer to control avalanches.

Updated: December 25, 2010, 10:39 AM ET
By Gabe Glosband

Want to know what Utah's Alta ski area got for Christmas this year? In addition to a seemingly neverending storm cycle that's dropped over 220 inches of fluffy Wasatch powder this season, they also have a new 105mm Howitzer to use for avalanche control.

Since Alta sits on U.S. Forest Service land, the Alta ski patrol and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) are allowed to use heavy artillery for avalanche control. But at the end of last winter, UDOT was faced with ...

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