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Avalanche Damages Historic Glacier Park Chalet

Sperry - Lee Coursey photo

Skiers have discovered that an avalanche hit Glacier National Park’s historic Sperry Chalet over the Winter. Windows, doors, interior walls and fixtures in the south end of the remote structure have been damaged, and several of the rooms were filled with snow.

While some of the rooms may not open this season, Chalet Coordinator Kevin Warrington hopes the chalet will open on July 8th as planned. However, the assessment of the damage is incomplete. Check for updates on the chalet website.

Sperry Chalet, which can be reached only by trail, is 6.5 miles from Lake McDonald Hotel on Glacier’s west side. The chalet was built in 1913 by the Great Northern Railway.


Malcolm R. Campbell is the author of two novels set partially in Glacier National Park. “The Sun Singer” and “Garden of Heaven: an Odyssey.”

  1. I doubt that I would enjoy cleaning the snow out of those rooms! What a mess!

    May 31, 2011
    • As far as I know, there’s no electricity at the Chalet unless workers pack in a generator. So, once that snow’s out of there, the work won’t move much faster. That’s NOT a cleanup detail I’d want to get volunteered for.

      June 1, 2011

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