Hi, folks –
You’ve almost certainly heard about the Spillway East lift accident today. First, you should know that that we’re deeply concerned for the six people who were hurt and pray for their rapid recovery. We’re in touch with the families and working closely with them.
Next: we’re investigating what caused the accident, and we’re doing that in conjunction with state inspectors and other agencies. Your safety is even more important to us than your enjoyment of our mountain, and we’re doing our best to figure out what happened and will do everything humanly possible to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.
Now, about the temporary block of our Facebook page: please understand that our intent is NOT to stifle discussion or dodge your questions. Today’s incident rapidly became a worldwide story and we’re still dealing with the media onslaught. So we’re working with the families of the people who were hurt, dealing with the media, and still running a ski area (yes, we’re still operating). Keeping tabs on the Facebook page and making sure that rumors and speculation don’t spread would’ve been too much.
So here’s the deal going forward. We’ll keep you posted to the best of our ability. This is where you can come for official information. Please bear three things in mind:
1) We’ll release any additional information when we know it. We probably won’t answer questions – not because we don’t want to, but because we don’t know.
2) Speculating or trafficking in rumors won’t help anyone. Please refrain from doing so here.
3) If you hear something and it didn’t come from us, it’s almost certainly a rumor.
Everyone cool with that? Thanks. Thanks also for all your good wishes – and special thanks to the mountain ops and patrol people, who did an amazing job today.