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Slump at Montana's Whitefish Mountain Resort - a tower that is out of plum due to wet ground slump will be removed by helicopter.

 

Personally I have never heard of this happening before. 

 

 

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Chances are this sort of thing has happened elsewhere but only makes the news because they run the lift during the summer.  If the left wasn't being used there wouldn't be any need to inform the press about it.

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Well, we've had a LOT of rain.  Thank goodness this didn't happen closer to ski season.  Word is (unofficial, just rumor) that the helicopter needed (we don't have a LOT in this area) is off fighting fires in AZ.  I'm expecting trees on my property to fall over just due to the rain.  One did already, worried about some others and afraid to walk in my woods. 

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Well, we've had a LOT of rain.  Thank goodness this didn't happen closer to ski season. 

Boy howdy!  Was through your neighborhood 2 weeks ago; traveled Highway 2 east to west.  That is as wet as I have seen that country in 35 years.  The Flathead and the Clark Fork, and the Blackfoot Rivers were touching some of the bridges (the bottoms of roadways not just the abutments); lots of downed trees and mudslides too.  Everything is so wet through the NW this might not be the only tower that sluffs.

 

If it is any consolation St. Marys was way wetter.  Montana Highway Dept was real close to closing down 89 towards Browning due to excessive water running over the road surface. 

 

There is sooo much brush growing in the woods this year it could get very scary come August when it all dries out.  The fire season could go off the charts in the Northwest and Northern Rockies.

 

 

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You're assuming the snow has melted by then!  There was MORE snow on the summit last...Saturday?  (Might have been Friday)  Snowpack is 400-odd% of normal from a "water content" perspective.  Glacier NP had something about the snow not being cleared in places until some time in August!!

 

I've got plants with root rot and other stuff I barely remember planting years ago has come in for the first time in three years.  IMO, the biggest problem is the amount of mosquitoes we are generating.
 

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Boy howdy!  Was through your neighborhood 2 weeks ago; traveled Highway 2 east to west.  That is as wet as I have seen that country in 35 years.  The Flathead and the Clark Fork, and the Blackfoot Rivers were touching some of the bridges (the bottoms of roadways not just the abutments); lots of downed trees and mudslides too.  Everything is so wet through the NW this might not be the only tower that sluffs.

 

If it is any consolation St. Marys was way wetter.  Montana Highway Dept was real close to closing down 89 towards Browning due to excessive water running over the road surface. 

 

There is sooo much brush growing in the woods this year it could get very scary come August when it all dries out.  The fire season could go off the charts in the Northwest and Northern Rockies.

 

 



 

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Slumps are very common, but as mentioned you rarely hear about them as the occour in the middle of now-where.  Typcially they are slow speed as well.  If civil infrastructure exists they are usually managed, typically warning signs such as trees being "angled" in (not out) and tension cracks make them visible before they occour.  Can be fixed with toe support or draining.  Likley the ski resort didnt have anyone on staff who could identify these things and take action...now it will cost em.

 

There is a huge one threatening Whistler, they have been "managing" it for at least 20 years, and likley then some.

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Well, it's in an area that was buried under snow until just a few weeks ago and the trees on this section are tiny (and mostly disappear over the winter), so the only tall thing to start falling over right there was the tower.  Since the ski resort just re-opened for summer last weekend, it's no wonder no one saw anything. 

 

EDIT:  I am now hearing that this slump extents almost the whole way (could this be true???) from Toni Matt to Bad Medicine...  Just thinking of the terrain involved, I am wondering about the feasibility of this...


Edited by sibhusky - 6/23/11 at 1:12pm
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Latest info

 

They've removed the problem tower.  Hiking the Danny On, is resumed, but Chair one is obviously still missing a tower, so not open yet.

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Now they are opening Chair Two by July 2 to bring people up the hill, but it won't get them to the summit.  Apparently there is some concern as to whether they'll get Chair One back on track at all this summer.  My take is it is affecting not just chair ride money and mountain biking, but also the unaffected stuff like Zip Lines and Walk in the Treetops.  I guess people want the whole boatload of activities, including "scenic chair rides".

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