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Fire at Mount Snow

drjeff

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Looks like from the base area webcam during the daylight that the mountain ops building out in the main parking lot area caught fire around dinner time this evening...
 

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That sucks...is there anything housed in there like groomers or snowmaking equipment or is it just mainly offices? I see garages but doesn't look like theres any big machinery inside. Hard to tell from that angle.
 

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Equipment and machinery can be replaced well before winter. A temporary pre-fab structure could be up within 90 days. Luckily it's only early June.

The real shame here is that loss of Walt's classic architecture with the large windows and simple sloped roof.
 

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Those shops do have groomers during season, but this time of year they are likely pretty quiet. More interesting will be if the building is a total loss. The long term plans had the shops moving to Sundance area in the future so maybe a temp structure for a few years before they start up that plan. I doubt this will have any impact on next season, but hope everyone is okay of course.
 

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Read on a friend's FB page, a friend who has multiple good friends within the Mount Snow employee network and the greater Dover/Wilmington fire and law enforcement crew, that the preliminary cause was propane explosion. When I went back over the time loop of the base area webcam yesterday, that would make sense as 1 minute there's no smoke, and then when the camera pans back from it's other pre set angle looking up Exhibition roughly 1 minute later, there's a clearly noticeable, decent sized column of smoke billowing up from the mountain ops buiilding.

That building houses a wood shop, the maintenance facilities for their heavy equipment (snowcats, excavators, plow trucks, tractors, etc), a wood shop and the snowmaking control room.

Most of the cats this summer they were storing out in an outer parking lot (adjacent to the main access road where the line of flag poles are when you drive in) plus this time of year, you're way, way more likely to find a tractor they use for law mowing purposes or some type of excavator they use for mountain bike trail work in the shop than an actual snowcat. As for the snowmaking control room, as I understand it, that's way more of a computer control room than actually pumps/etc to run the system, so that's likely a relatively easy fix, especially with 4+ months until their typical snowmaking window begins.

Sucks to have a fire for sure, however, this in the big scheme of things in the Mount Snow world is a relatively low impact building and happening at a time on the calendar with ample time to solve any logistical challenges it causes before ski season begins
 

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Heard from a firefighter it's likely a complete loss, or close. They'll have their hands full this summer.
 

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Heard from a firefighter it's likely a complete loss, or close. They'll have their hands full this summer.
Going to be some serious logistical strategizing sessions going on once they get a full assessment of the viability (or not) of the building for sure!

The "good" thing seemingly is that with 4+ months until the winter operations window starts, there's time for the office space to be relocated, a plan (permanent or temporary) for the maintenance facilities to be addressed, the woodshop on a short term basis at least may end up sharing some space with the sign shop down across the street from the base of the tubing hill, and the Snowmaking control room relocated.

Additionally, with other resorts in their portfolio, some short term "sharing" of equipment/staff from other Peak Resorts properties will likely be available as an option to get past this and back to as normal as possible sooner than later

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Actually not a lot of time. The investigation and then insurance process will take a while, then to salvage anything, reorder materials and set up. If the snowmaking control is in that building that will be a huge effort to get that moved and everything tested before the winter.

DHS for the win!
 

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That building was a pile of garbage anyway. Not up to code. Patched together. No surprise it burnt down.

Real question is, was it on purpose to get that insurance money. Crooked.
 

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Thats one way to get some additional parking.... All jokes aside this was a classic Walt-inspired structure that hopefully can be saved/rebuilt to some degree

Lets just say FGBM is not wrong about its recent condition.....
 

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Last night, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, a fire occurred at our mountain operations building. Local and regional fire departments responded quickly along with many members of our own Mount Snow & Peak Resorts staff. Luckily the fire occurred after normal business hours and no one was injured in the blaze, which consumed the south end of the building. While this did include our snowmaking staff offices, all of our snowmaking infrastructure was moved out of that building a few years ago, as part of our West Lake Water Project and so our snowmaking abilities are unaffected.

Firefighters from West Dover were joined by firefighters from East Dover, Whitingham, Wilmington, Wardsboro, Newbrook, Stratton, Brattleboro, Readsboro, Marlboro, Putney, Dummerston, Jamaica, Stamford, Townshend, Winhall, and Guilford who quickly responded to the scene and brought the fire under control overnight.

Times like this make you really appreciate those who put their lives in danger for the safety and security of others.

We’d like to extend our gratitude and thanks to the firefighters, first responders, and public safety personnel from across the region, who assisted in controlling this fire and ensuring the safety of all.

#WeLoveSnow #WeLoveFirefighters

We will release further details and information as we learn more.
 

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Last night, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, a fire occurred at our mountain operations building. Local and regional fire departments responded quickly along with many members of our own Mount Snow & Peak Resorts staff. Luckily the fire occurred after normal business hours and no one was injured in the blaze, which consumed the south end of the building. While this did include our snowmaking staff offices, all of our snowmaking infrastructure was moved out of that building a few years ago, as part of our West Lake Water Project and so our snowmaking abilities are unaffected.

Firefighters from West Dover were joined by firefighters from East Dover, Whitingham, Wilmington, Wardsboro, Newbrook, Stratton, Brattleboro, Readsboro, Marlboro, Putney, Dummerston, Jamaica, Stamford, Townshend, Winhall, and Guilford who quickly responded to the scene and brought the fire under control overnight.

Times like this make you really appreciate those who put their lives in danger for the safety and security of others.

We’d like to extend our gratitude and thanks to the firefighters, first responders, and public safety personnel from across the region, who assisted in controlling this fire and ensuring the safety of all.

#WeLoveSnow #WeLoveFirefighters

We will release further details and information as we learn more.

Glad to hear no injuries. Also glad that the snowmaking infrastructure was spared. A headache vs. a disaster?
 

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Glad no one was injured. Mount Snow has some good people there. I'm things will be up and running in short order.
 

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New, much smaller building going up currently to replace the old mountain ops building. This is located on the side of the old building's foot print closest to the base lodgeIMG_20191012_085939484.jpg

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