For the past 150 years or so, roads have been built through the mountain passes in the western U.S. and Canada. Sometimes these roads led to mines; sometimes they started as logging roads. Some were built for access roads for the railroad. Many were built so that people could drive wagons, stagecoaches, and later, automobiles to their destinations. As time went on, some of these roads were abandoned, while others were turned into highways and scenic byways. These roads can be seen on maps, criss-crossing through mountain passes, valleys, and wherever passage was possible. Many of these roads were constructed along mountain slopes, carved out using the largest equipment available at the time, sometimes by hand work, and sometimes by blasting through rocky areas. Road conditions in some of these areas can change dramatically throughout the year. In the mountains, vast amounts of snow can accumulate during the course of just a few days. Sometimes there are heavy rain storms. There can be snow avalanches and mudslides from the rain and snow. In times of drought, vegetation might dry out and die, leaving slopes exposed to erosion, increasing the probability of avalanches and mudslides. Because of varying climactic conditions, freezing-and-thawing cycles, radical changes in the amount and nature of moisture, steepness of slopes, and other factors, slopes need to be stabilized so that rocks, trees, debris, and other factors not listed do not unearth them-selves and become hazards to all things below them. One of many ways to secure and stabilize highway slopes is by the use of ï¬ber-reinforced shotcrete (FRS), usually along with either rock bolts or some other mechanical device drilled into the rock or slope. This paper provides an overview of why ï¬ber-reinforced shotcrete is an excellent choice in lieu of plain shotcrete reinforced with either welded wire mesh or rebar mats for such slope stabilization work.