LeConte Lodge 2017 opening delayed

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK - The LeConte Lodge is delaying the start of its 2017 season because they can't get enough supplies up the mountain. 

The lodge, located atop Mount LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains, broke the news on Tuesday afternoon that it wouldn't be able to open on March 20, as planned. 

"Circumstances beyond our control have prevented us from getting supplies to the Lodge that are necessary to safely and comfortably host overnight guest," a post on the 'High on LeConte' blog explained. 

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Earlier in the day on Tuesday they shared photos after the area received three more inches of snow overnight.

Crew members hiked up last week and have been working to prepare the lodge, but the winter weather in the high elevations of the Smokies hasn't allowed them to fly up supplies, they explained. 

Typically the lodge uses a helicopter to drop off supplies right before they open for the year. During the season they use llamas three times a week to restock items. 

The lodge is encouraging guests to continue checking its blog to see when they are able to open. 

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