Money still needed for repairs to avalanche damaged Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park

Glacier Park Fund closing in on million dollar mark

The Glacier National Park Fund closed in on the $1 million mark in fundraising in 2011 but still needs to raise about $20,000 to complete repairs for Sperry Chalet .

The chalet was damaged last winter by heavy snow and an avalanche. Over the summer, Park crews made some repairs, and the chalet had a limited opening.

But to finish the job, the chalet needs about $60,000 more work, GNPF executive director Jane Ratzlaff said last week. Without the repairs, she said, the chalet will likely have a limited opening this year.

Several rooms were damaged by the avalanche. The roof of the chalet’s kitchen building also needs work. The hope is to have the money raised by April so crews can begin work early in the spring.

The Park has also requested funding to repair the Avalanche Lake, Loneman Lookout and Ptarmigan Tunnel trails. To create a long-term funding pool for trails, GNPF is working on an adopt-a-trail program.

The organization also recently implemented an adopt-an-animal program. For a donation, donors receive a plush animal toy of their choice. Ratzlaff said similar programs in other national parks have proven very successful.

To learn more about the Glacier National Park Fund, visit online at

By CHRIS PETERSON Hungry Horse News

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