Incident Summary:

07/24/2001: Members of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) are suspected to be responsible for sabotaging a gondola at the Heavenly Valley Ski Resort in Stateline, outside of Lake Tahoe, Nevada in the United States. The perpetrators attempted to derail the gondola transportation system by attaching a large piece of wood to the gondola cable using zip ties; this caused a sensor cable attached to two other towers to snap, leading to a potentially life threatening situation. There were no casualties in the incident. At the base of one of the towers, the letters "ELF" were spelled out with zip ties. The incident caused about $2,000 in lost revenue.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Near Stateline

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Heavenly Valley Ski Resort
Specific Description gondola transportation system at Heavenly Valley Ski Resort in Stateline, NV
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 $2,000.00
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
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
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 2000/2001,"FBI, DOJ, 2001.