Boy, this stinks. This guy and his wife have been working hard to make a go of Eaton Mtn. on a shoestring. I sure hope he recovers quickly, for his and his family's sake and so their dream doesn't go down the tubes thanks to his convalescence and medical bills.
A broken jaw is pretty bad but it sounds like he is rather lucky. On snow, the massive weight of a groomer is spread fully out across the treads of the two tracks but on dry land, all of its weight is placed on its steel tracks (or even worse case, any ice picks), and they are quite thin for the weight.
Posted: Dec 08, 2011 - 2:00 PM GMT
Edited: Dec 08, 2011 - 2:28 PM GMT
Rocket, I think "lost/defunct" is too negative a term for Eaton. Your article should at least acknowledge the owner's intention to restore the skiing, as stated on their web site. They've missed a couple of years, but let's root for them.
I can confirm that they had the chairlift by at least 1967-68, when I skied there. I don't recall it being new. They had the fully developed trail network (except Badger, the furthest left), and night skiing that year. They have all animal trail names.
Rocket, I think "lost/defunct" is too negative a term for Eaton.
I used the "Lost/Defunct (Non Ski Activites Only)" term...unfortunately I think it would get into splitting hairs to not call a ski area "defunct" if it's still offering non-ski activites...Moose Mountain, Snow's Mountain, etc. would all in theory not be Lost/Defunct.
Wow! I wasn't paying much attention to SJ when this incident occurred and quite saddened to hear about it.
I'm rooting for this family and their business venture. With the right determination, I think they can get this place going. Hell, surviving being run over by a groomer is an amazing accomplishment itself....and that's a pretty nice looking LMC to boot. Surely enough to take care of that hill.
Indeed, it is a good year to not be struggling to operate. Next year, I will ski at Eaton and support this effort.
Each time I read the news from this accident it nearly makes me sick. I'm so glad he is going to be okay and truly hope he makes a full recovery. I hope for nothing but the best for Dave and his family.
Several summers ago I think it was the first year they owned Eaton, I stopped by during a bike ride to look at Eaton. I'd never skied there and really want to see it survive. I need it to survive so I can add it to my ski list century.
While I was wandering around the base area/parking lot, Dave spotted me and came over to chat. He was happy to chat about the mountain and his hopes for it. That day he was dealing with a used SUV they had purchased for plowing and it was already needing repairs. He seemed prepared to deal with it all. He really seemed like a nice guy with such good intentions for the area. He is a real asset to that community.