Avalanche damages Sperry Chalet in Glacier park

May 31, 2011 - 9:28 AM

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — An avalanche has damaged a popular backcountry hotel on the west side of Montana's Glacier National Park and managers say the risk of another snow slide is preventing a full assessment of the damage.

Sperry Chalet coordinator Kevin Warrington tells the Daily Inter Lake he expects to open the chalet on July 8 as scheduled, but some rooms may not open this season.

Warrington says the avalanche damaged windows and doors on the southern end of the building, while a few rooms are full of snow. The chalet isn't taking any more reservations for the summer and those who have a spot will be notified about the damage and how it may affect their plans.

Warrington says some skiers saw the damage and notified park officials.

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Information from: Daily Inter Lake, http://www.dailyinterlake.com