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Swiss Test


A shear test where a 3 x 3 x 3m triangle wedge is cut upslope from an excavation snow pit. Shear strength is noted if the wedge moves slowly from cutting out the tensile anchors. or if a skier needs to move onto the wedge, or if the skier needs to jump up and down on the wedge.

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