Words: Heather Hendricks

Tropical storm Irene blasted through the Northeastern part of the country late Saturday evening and caused extensive damage throughout many states and to two ski resorts located in Vermont and Maine.

The Ski Guru blog on the Boston Globe’s website reported that Killington Mountain’s base lodge collapsed after enduring “near record-breaking conditions” brought on by the behemoth storm. A picture of the lodge was taken this morning by a Rutand Herald reader and shows substantial damage to the lodge. Irene’s driving rain and whipping wind proved to be too much for the base lodge to handle and caused the structure to collapse from the severe elements.

Route 7 South, which is Sugarloaf Mountain’s access road, was also badly damaged by the storm and gave way in a multiple spots from the immense flooding that took place in the area.

Thankfully, no injuries from these two incidents have been reported yet, but both resorts now face a considerable amount of clean-up. With winter right around the corner, crews will have their work cutout for them to ready both resorts for the ski season.

Check out the photos of the damage from Boston.com here.

Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by this storm.