Airports In The Freezer

Winter weather in northern Canada is harsh and unforgiving but, as James Careless found out, airport operators beat the odds every day to preserve the region’s air links.

Snowclearing equipment is often housed in heated hangars so runways can be easily treated, and airports kept open in the worst of weathers. Government of Northwest Territories

The frozen landscape is topped by hard-packed snow and ice. Temperatures routinely fall to -40°C (-40°F). Frostbite is an ever-present danger. The wind blowing over the treeless mountains, hills and plains make it feel even colder than it actually is.

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