lens—is a benefit for their clients and the other
companies they collaborate with. “Our expe-
rience up there and the knowledge we have
gained working through all the idiosyncrasies
that go on up there allows us to be of great
A fairly recent evolution in the way UIC
provides services on the North Slope is the
company’s adoption and use of PistenBully
vehicles, which they’ve been using since 2016.
“They’re designed to run in snow and ice con-
ditions, and these machines have proven in
the last couple years that they can do the jobs
of the equipment that’s presently up there,
and in a lot of aspects, can do it a lot more
PistenBullys were designed for use on snow
and ice and have been used worldwide for
years to sculpt and groom ski slopes and
trails. “They have a tendency to flow over
snow and ice where other machines have to
trudge through it,” Matteucci says.
UIC finds it’s effective to use PistenBully
machines to haul sleds and toboggans loaded
with materials, equipment, and other freight
in winter months when travel over the tundra
is safe and approved. PistenBully vehicles
have several valuable features: they’re fuel
efficient, comfortable to drive, and sport
advanced technology such as GPS plotters
and a feature similar to traction control,
making it less likely the vehicle will get stuck.
The fact that they pull sleds (made of
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For more than 40 years, Alyeska has
safely and successfully moved more than
17 billion barrels of oil through the Trans
Alaska Pipeline System.
It’s an accomplishment that is not only meaningful to
our employees, but to all Alaskans.
We look to the future with continued confidence and commitment.