Tornado Strikes Ontario Ski Area, The Georgian Peaks Club

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on August 25, 2009 9:23 am

My tornado education is pretty limited.  It consists of watching that cheesy Bill Paxton movie, Twister.  But, it does provide perspective with the tornado that struck Ontario’s Georgian Peaks Club last week. 

The tornado that touched down on the Champlain ski run was categorized as an F2.   And I remember that Bill was chasing F4s.

Just as there’s no such thing as “minor” surgery, the same goes with tornados.  The F2 funnel cloud did its share of serious damage.

“We have lost the top hut on Bay Street, bottom and top huts on Riot, and the first aid hut at the bottom of Minute,” said club President Peter Smith. “As well, the race timing hut at the bottom of Orchard is toppled over. The roof, garage doors and a lot of the wall cladding on the Maintenance Shop has been stripped off. The lower level of the Alpine Centre (Outside Operations offices, staff lunchroom, Patrol Room and instructors room) is safe and dry (thanks to the Coreslab layer between the basement and top floor). Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Alpine office, and the main room upstairs. Much of the roof is gone.”




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