GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - There’s still several weeks of winter left but there’s good news to report about the resiliency of the historic Sperry Chalet in the Glacier National Park backcountry.
After the Sperry Chalet burned in the Sprague Fire last summer, there were immediate thoughts of rebuilding the historic landmark. But there was also concern whether the damaged stone walls could withstand the impacts of a Glacier winter.
The Glacier National Park Conservancy rounded up local funding, and crews managed to re-enforce the walls before the snows hit.
Now, an overflight funded by the Conservancy shows the Chalet standing strong against winter’s assault. The walls show no signs of damage. More importantly, there’s been no avalanches near the damaged dormitory.
There will be two more overflights to check for damage in March, and again in April.
The Conservancy has raised more than $127,000 in donations, exceeding its fundraising goal, but will continue accepting all help as plans are made for the restoration of the chalet as soon as possible.