Incident Summary:

10/25/1988: Members of the Evan Mecham Eco-Terrorist International Conspiracy (EMETIC), claimed responsibility for using an acetylene torch to cut through one of the main steel poll supports for the cable ski lift at the Fairfield Snow Bowl Ski Resort in Flagstaff, Arizona in the United States. At 6:30am on October 26, an unidentified male caller phoned a radio station and claimed he was part of the EMETIC group, and claimed responsibility for the incident, similar to the incidents from 1987. Additionally, several media representatives received letters from the group, also claiming their involvement in the incident. In 1991, Marc Leslie Davis, Margaret Katherine Millet, Ilse Washington Asplund, and Marc Andre Baker were sentenced for the attacks on the Fairfield Snow Bowl ski resort. No casualties resulted from the incident, but there was property damage, which amounted to over $26,000, after the previous incident in November 1987, and this incident combined.



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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 chairlifts 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
Weapon Details
propane (acetylene) torch
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Though the ski resort was not in operation at the time of the incident, 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 the group EMETIC 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 November 1987. All four perpetrators were tried and sentenced for these incidents of sabotage.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Evan Mecham Eco-Terrorist International Conspiracy (EMETIC) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
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.
"The charges against Earth First! Members- a chronology," The Prescott Courier, June 11, 1991.