Shortly after midnight on December 2, arsonists set fire to a lift terminal at Pennsylvania’s Camelback ski area, causing an estimated $200,000 to $300,000 worth of damage. The top terminal building for the Sunbowl I chairlift was destroyed by the fire. In the process, the haul rope was broken, causing chairs to fall to the ground. The incident follows an arson at Camelback last year, when vandals poured gasoline on detachable chairs and set them on fire, although officials believe the two incidents are unrelated.
Last night’s arson follows a well-publicized arson at Colorado’s Vail resort in late October, during which several buildings and lift terminals were destroyed. The Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group, claimed responsibility, allegedly in retaliation for Vail’s planned 885-acre expansion.
No suspects or motives have been named in the Camelback arson, which is being investigated by the Pocono Township Police Department.
The Sunbowl I chairlift is one of two lifts that serve the Sunbowl beginner slope. The resort plans to open all terrain on schedule, and hopes to make repairs to the Sunbowl I lift in time for the holidays.
M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.
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