Summit Lake Ski Area hit by thieves

Staff arriving at the Summit Lake lodge were greeted by doors that had been pried and kicked open.

Staff arriving at the Summit Lake lodge were greeted by doors that had been pried and kicked open. At some point early on Tuesday morning, someone had pried open the lower door and kicked the rental shop door open where they stole a ski calibrator, a pricey tool used by the ski hill.

“That, we’d really like back,” said Summit’s Eric Waterfield, who said it’s not much use to anyone other than a ski hill.

The marauding continued upstairs where the interloper(s) kicked the door to the kitchen in and helped themselves to chips, pop, meat patties and bacon as well as $30 in change. The lost inventory will likely mean contractor Heidi McKee won’t be able to afford a saddle she was saving her earnings from the kitchen to buy.

“It’s a dream she’ll have to put off for a year,” said Waterfield, who said it was a shame that the hard working employees and contractors are paying the price for the mindless vandalism and theft.

There isn’t too much to steal at the ski hill, with one of the few things that would be missed being the ski calibrator. Waterfield would like to see it back, suggesting the tool could be left in a public place with a note for it to be returned to the ski hill and an anonymous tip to the police about where it’s located.

“The whole hill is non-profit and is run by hard working people,” he said. “It’s really devastating. We’re working to make a good place for people to go.”