For more than six months, deep snow blocks road access to the Envalira Pass in the Spanish Pyrenees.
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Background: For more than six months, deep snow blocks road access to the Envalira Pass in the Spanish Pyrenees. The Spanish Council of the Andorra Valleys has recently put into operation modern snow-ploughs to keep the Pass open all the year round.
Snow drifts in these parts - some 8,000 feet above sea level - can be very high, and at times the machines have to shift dense masses of snow towering to nearly 30 feet.
In the Spanish Pyrenees, the snow-ploughs are brought out every day for more than six months of the year. In this district, near Andorra, roads quickly disappear under a white blanket, blocking access to the Envalira Pass.
For some people, the snow is just fun ...
... for others it means hard work.
The local authorities have only recently acquired modern snow-clearing equipment to cope with the snow problem in these parts - some eight thousand feet above sea level - where drifts can be as high as thirty feet. The task is formidable but the machines are doing it with steady efficiency. Only tireless work by man and machine can keep open the motor route across the mountains from France to the Valleys of Andorra.