Incident Summary:

11/07/1987: Members of the Evan Mecham Eco-Terrorist International Conspiracy (EMETIC), claimed responsibility for damaging the pylons and cables which supported the main ski chairlift at the Fairfield Snow Bowl Ski Resort in Flagstaff, Arizona in the United States, There were no casualties, but the property damage was estimated at $26,000 and an additional $30,000 to heighten security at the resort. In a letter to the ski resort, the group stated that "if trees were not allowed to grow back" and "ski operations not discontinued," then more damage would occur. Marc Leslie Davis, Margaret Katherine Millet, Ilse Washington Asplund, and Marc Andre Baker were arrested and in 1991, pled guilty and sentenced for their involvement in this incident.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Fairfield Snow Bowl Ski Resort
Specific Description cables of the main chairlift at the Fairfield Snow Bowl Ski Resort in Flagstaff, AZ
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $26,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Sabotage Equipment
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Although the lift was closed for winter opening preparation at the time of the incident, and no casualties occurred, the chairlift has the capability of holding 900 passengers on their way to the slopes and had the damage not been detected, serious injury, and even death may have occurred. It is unclear if this group is an offshoot of Earth First!; however, a member of the Earth First! group was arrested in regards to these incidents for donating funds to EMETIC. This incident is related to similar sabotage incidents at the Fairfield Snow Bowl ski area by the same perpetrators, one in October 1987, and another in October 1988.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Evan Mecham Eco-Terrorist International Conspiracy (EMETIC) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
FBI, "Terrorism in the United States: 1988," Terrorist Research and Analytical Center, Counterterrorism Section Criminal Investigative Division, FBI, December 31, 1988.
Angela Astle, "Sabotage of ski lift detailed in eco-trial," The Prescott Courier, June 21, 1991.
Charlene Smith, "Environmental Activists Sentenced in Sabotage Case," The Associated Press, September 19, 1991.