Resorts unscathed after earthquake

3rd January 2011, by Chris Gill

Eagle Point, Utah

Eagle Point, Utah

Two Utah ski resorts are reported fine after they were rumbled by an earthquake on Monday 3 January.

According to local reports the quake hit Circleville in central Utah’s Tushar Mountains, and was felt in the region’s newest ski resort Eagle Point – although many people would have been asleep at the time (5am). It measured approximately 4.5 on the Richter scale, so relatively small in quake terms; but significant enough to cause minor damage to local towns.

Resort staff carried out a thorough inspection of the ski area in case of damage to any lifts and buildings. Brian Head ski area, further away, also felt the aftershocks; but no damage was reported.

The earthquake follows a particularly disturbed period of weather, which has dumped lots of snow in the region; but also brought high winds and flooding. Eagle Point has accumulated over 2m of snow since opening in mid-December. Despite battling with the storms, resulting power cuts and blocked roads, the resort is now fully open and enjoying very good skiing and boarding conditions.

‘Eagle Point personnel have demonstrated their ability to handle just about anything. The roads are clear, and the resort is open for business with fantastic conditions,’ said spokesman Jodi Holmgren in a press release.

More snow for Eagle Point



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