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Snow…  It can add a magical touch to the ambience of an outdoor event, but it also quickly adds a few challenges that Stageline equipment are designed to handle. While our stages can certainly withstand snow, we don’t consider snow build-up on the roof desirable.

While it’s the duty of the promoter to monitor weather, our technicians will suggest actions to take in order to maintain the safety of all those working on, using, and enjoying the stage.

The first allowance that we make for winter, therefore, is to reduce the rigging capacity of our stage roofs by 50%. This is an across-the-board measure, one we apply to all outdoor stages regardless of the weather outlook. Those who live in snowy places know how quickly—and often drastically—winter forecasts can change. The few short days between set-up and event day can mean the difference between a cool night and a polar blizzard.

At Stageline, we pride ourselves above all on building stages that keep our customers and employees safe, and we’re not willing to compromise that safety by gambling on snowfall. In addition to cutting rigging weight, we also stress the need for promoters to shovel the roof after any snow accumulation (Following important security procedures). Luckily, because our stage roofs are made of fibreglass, shovelling them is an easy task—unlike other stages covered with tarps, which inevitably wrinkle and trap snow in nooks and crannies. Snow slides easily off a Stageline stage roof.

A new truss reinforces the roof on the SL50 for winter conditions.

A new truss reinforces the roof on the SL50 for winter conditions.

Something new for the SL50

The final development is on the SL50—and it, too, is in the name of safety. Our engineers have developed a special winter-only truss-system to reinforce the rigging of that stage. Thanks to their ingenuity, the SL50 can safely hold what you need it to once you’ve skied it out to where you want it to be!

11 February 2016 | Stage leader

About Marius Chouinard

Marius Chouinard and Yvan Miron (the founder of Stageline) go back a long way. In the late seventies and early eighties, Marius was the co-owner of a sound company hired frequently by Yvan. In 1988, Marius worked on the Stage 3 project with Yvan, he was totally hooked and subsequently became a partner of Yvan’s at Stageline. Marius’ expertise was essential as part of the design team of the first prototype mobile stages and continues with ongoing development of all the subsequent product generations. Marius’ vast staging experience and his thorough product and technical knowledge makes him invaluable in terms of sales support, training and stage set-ups. Marius is very easy going except when you try to avoid staging safety and installation practices. He can then board you big time to use an expression of his favorite sport of hockey!

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