Alpine’s Research Facility Observations 2022 – 2023

When we’re not skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling or shoeing, we’re manufacturing snow guards and watching footage from rooftop cameras at our performance facility. We capture thousands of images of our snow guards’ performance. Observing snow melt around our snow guards is particularly informative when roof types, snow guard styles and patterns are varied.

Year after year, our performance facility gives us multiple opportunities to record data in a variety of ever changing conditions. In all, we have 16 cameras, 11 roof and ledge surfaces, and a Davis Weather Station to monitor snow guard performance and inform our product designs.

Here’s what we’ve seen so far & stay tuned for more updates!

December 2022

Alpine SnowGuards’ Research Facility | Wire Loop HD Pad-Style Snow Guard | Synthetic Shake

Pictured here is a time lapse video of Wire Loop HDs on EcoStar roofing that shows their snow holding ability. En masse, they are a very effective system and prized for their low profile appearance.


Alpine SnowGuards’ Research Facility | Wire Loop HDs (upslope) and Snow Birds (at the eave)

Pictured here is another time lapse video from December 2022. It shows an excellent opportunity to observe snow guard performance on synthetic slate. Anodized Wire Loop HDs are upslope and copper Snow Birds with rods are at the eave. The rods are optional and can be added during or after install if the need arises.


January 2023

This is what we saw on a Friday afternoon after two storms dumped 8″ and 6″ of snow atop our performance facility rooftops.

The snow guards are doing what we designed them to do: hold snow in place so it can melt gradually versus avalanching.

Pictured from left on a 12/12 pitch roof:

Alpine SnowGuards’ Research Facility

All our products are rigorously performance tested at our in-house testing facility, by 3rd party testing facilities, and in the field by roofing experts. The ASCE standard is Alpine SnowGuards’ baseline to test against. Then, Alpine factors in rooftop snow behavior when snow guards are applied.


We keep snow in its place 


fb tw  hzyt li

Sign up to start using our Snow Guard Calculator for FREE recommended layouts, BOM’s, pricing, system comparisons, and much more!

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter and keep up on the latest industry and Alpine news, products, and upcoming events!

Alpine SnowGuards designs, engineers, and manufactures snow management systems from our facilities in Morrisville, VT. We work closely with leading roofing contractors, engineering firms, developers, and roofing manufacturers to ensure we deliver quality products that do what we say they’ll do. Alpine SnowGuards can help a building qualify for LEED® credits.