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Tioga Pass Resort Damaged By Record Snowpack, Closed Until Further Notice

Update: 7/6/17
The operators of the Tioga Pass Resort confirmed earlier this week that they will not open this year due to structural damage to the historic lodge. The following was posted on the lodge's Facebook page on July 3:

Well, we can now call it official: TPR will not operate for the 2017 season. It's simply not feasible, even if you set the lodge issues aside. We have begun to cancel and refund reservations. Please be a patient, as this may take several days to complete. Now that the snowpack has finally melted out we are poised to begin professional assessment of the clearly complex damage, which will ultimately determine our path forward. The ultimate fate of lodge is the big concern. We're eager to hear the first structural engineer's opinion, and will update again once that has been digested and a plan begins to form. Our apologies for the disappointment. Thanks to all for your kind words of support.

Original post:

One of the oldest and most popular resorts in the Yosemite highlands might not open at all this year due damage from winter weather.


Significant damage to the lodge building at Tioga Pass Resort east of Yosemite National Park was discovered this week.   


"We literally had to dig our way into the back door of the main lodge." - Dave Levy

Dave Levy, the resort's general manager, blames the huge snow year.  He says more than 800 inches fell here this winter. That’s more than 60 feet of snow.


“We’re almost triply buried," say Levy. "We literally had to dig our way into the back door of the main lodge. The building is certainly still standing, but it’s deformed.”


As a result the resort is closed at least through July. He also says there’s minor damage to the 10 cabins on site and that he’s concerned about when all this snow melts. The resort sits along a creek connected to Tioga Lake.


“We’ll be at the mercy of how much water is coming down our way through our creek channel," Levy says. "There’s a history of some flooding at TPR in big snow years.”


Levy says the damage could be in the six figure range and if it the resort opens at all this year it’ll be in August.


Ezra David Romero is an award-winning radio reporter and producer. His stories have run on Morning Edition, Morning Edition Saturday, Morning Edition Sunday, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Salt, Latino USA, KQED, KALW, Harvest Public Radio, etc.
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