Fire damages operation building at Mount Snow

WEST DOVER, Vt. (WCAX) State fire investigators were at Mount Snow Wednesday after a large fire ripped through the Mountain Operations building, which houses several different functions for the resort.

Courtesy: Mt. Snow Resort

The call came in around 7 p.m. Tuesday night after the building's smoke alarm alerted the local dispatch center. Multiple departments responded but officials say the fire was already spreading quickly.

"It was definitely tense. We had a huge response from all the first responders around the area. We can't thank those guys enough," said Erik Barnes, the resort's general manager.

On Wednesday investigators scoured the charred remains looking for a cause. "Inside that building was offices, snow making control, carpentry room, electrical, purchasing, so it's pretty devastating," Barnes said.

Thankfully, no one was inside the building when the fire broke out and no injuries were reported. The mountain is in the middle of a multi-million renovation project which included an entirely new snow making system. Barnes says that system, was not affected by the fire. "We could turn the snow making system on tomorrow if we had to. It is all cloud-based. The $30 million upgrade we did with West Lake was a game changer for us. If this had happened three season ago, we would be a little nervous right now," he said.

Summer activities like mountain biking, hiking, and scenic chair rides will also not be impacted. "This building was a non-guest facing operation. There will be no interruption in our services," Barnes said.

The resort's insurance adjuster was on scene Wednesday assessing the damage, however officials say it is too early to determine what comes next. They stressed that as far as summer and fall activities go, there will be no noticeable changes.