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Helicopter needed to drop supplies to Mt. LeConte after massive snow

10:42 AM, Nov 6, 2012   |    comments
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Last week's heavy snowfall in the Smoky Mountains left LeConte Lodge, in the mountains' highest peaks, running low on supplies.

Three to four feet of snow fell in the area, making it impossible for overnight guests to leave and the llama supply train to make the trek up the mountain.

Because supplies were running low, the lodge's general manager, Tim Line, got permission from the park service to allow a helicopter to airflift supplies to the lodge.

Eleven guests and the staff remained at the lodge after the massive snow for two days, waiting for conditions to clear enough to travel.

"Everyone made the best of the situation. Resident Managers Chris and Allyson Virden and all the staff did a great job of taking care of our guests and making sure everyone was happy. The conditions did not seem to have a negative impact on anyone...everyone remained in good spirits and seemed more excited than anything," said Line.

LeConte Lodge is the highest overnight accommodations located east of the Mississippi and is only accessible by foot.

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