Avalanche damages Sperry Chalet in Glacier park

By the Associated Press | May 31, 2011 | 9:28 AM EDT

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.


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