General requirements of a satisfactory over-snow machine

TitleGeneral requirements of a satisfactory over-snow machine
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1951
AuthorsWork, R. A.
Conference Name19th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 19th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1951
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationVictoria, British Columbia
KeywordsOversnow vehicle development

A discussion of 13 basic characteristics, necessary for a universal proposed mechanized over-snow vehicle for use in snow surveys, is presented. A suggested relative numerical rating for each characteristic is included. These characteristics, in the order of importance, are: (1) mechanical dependability, (2) ability to travel on soft or sticky snow, (3) ability to traverse steep side slopes, (4) ability to operate on ground bare of snow, (5) ability to ascend steep grades, (6) maneuverability, (7) ability to quickly surmount obstacles such as fallen trees, (8) economy of operation, (9) speed, (10) ability to ford open flowing streams, (11) safety, (12) portability, and (13) comfort for 2 men.Discussion by George J. Klein.