1998 Vail arson attacks

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On the morning of October 19, 1998 a group of people part of the Earth Liberation Front set fires to several lifts and buildings at Vail Ski Resort.[1] This was one of the most serious ecotage attacks in the history of the United States, causing $12 million in damages, which caught the attention of the nation.[2] The fires were set at Two Elk Lodge, and destroyed multiple buildings on Vail Mountain, including Two Elk Restaurant.[3] In 2006, Chelsea Dawn Gerlach and Stanislas Gregory Meyerhoff both pleaded guilty to the attacks.[4]

In August 2018, suspect Joseph Dibee, on the run for 12 years, was en route to Russia when he was apprehended in Cuba, then returned to the United States.[5][6][7] Josephine Sunshine Overaker, believed to have fled to Europe in 2001, remains at large and is on the FBI's list of Most Wanted Terrorists.[8]


  1. ^ "2 plead guilty in 1998 arson of Vail ski resort; attack caused $12M in damage". USA Today. 14 December 2006. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  2. ^ "FOX Facts: Vail Firebombing Attack Timeline". FoxNews.com. 19 May 2006. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  3. ^ Stoner, Edward (9 May 2007). "Two Elk: Running the ridge, setting fires". Vail Daily. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  4. ^ Lipsher, Steve (15 December 2006). "Guilty pleas unveil the tale of eco-arson on Vail summit". Denver Post. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Domestic Terrorism". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  6. ^ Nicolaisen, Kirsten. "Fugitive in 'largest ecoterroism investigation in US history' caught after 12 yrs at large". KATU. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  7. ^ Nicholson, Kieran (10 August 2018). "Suspect in 1998 eco-terror arson in Vail arrested in Cuba boarding flight to Russia". The Denver Post. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
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