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Avalanche Destroys New York Ski Lodge

Warm weather on Christmas Day sent tons of snow into a building, luckily nobody was injured

On Christmas morning, an avalanche has damaged a building at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in Ulster County, New York. Officials with the resort said a snow slide happened Friday morning and was a caused by heavy rainfall, high amounts of snow on the ground, and warm temperatures.

The resort posted an update on its website saying “This morning, supersaturated snow from the Yahoo trail let loose and slid into the Overlook Lodge.”

At lease four feet of snow broke through windows and doors, causing damage to the interior. Nobody was injured and the resort noted nothing like it had ever happened.

Shortly after the avalanhce, the resort updated their members with the following: Dear Belleayre Friends and Family, After a tremendous amount of rain and high winds, which has severely impacted our ability to operate in the current environment, The Christmas storm has dumped over 6.5 inches of rain on Belleayre. This morning, supersaturated snow from the Yahoo trail let loose and slid into the Overlook Lodge. The lodge sustained significant damage, with windows and doors broken. No injuries have been reported.

The mountain will remain closed for the 26th of December as we are unable to provide a safe environment for our guests. The operations team is working diligently to manage the current situation and help the mountain recover quickly as we head into the rest of the holiday week. For those of you that had tickets for the 26th, please complete the Customer Service form and we will get back to you with regards to your purchases as soon as possible. As we continue to adjust resort operations, we will continue to prioritize the safety of our guests and our staff. Moving forward we are encouraging our guests to please check back on our website with regards to any pertinent updates! The mountain is currently planning to reopen on Sunday.

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