Carinthia lodge comes down

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WEST DOVER — The Carinthia lodge at Mount Snow has been demolished and new memories will be created inside its replacement, an approximately $22 million building opening this coming ski season.

Mount Snow General Manager Erik Barnes said the building "came down pretty easy."

"They're pulling the deck apart now," he said Monday. "We should be pretty well buttoned up by the end of the week."

Plimpton Excavating, of Wardsboro, performed the demolition. The work began just before the last week in June.

The lodge was built in 1960. In its spot will be parking for guests who pay to have more convenient spots. Rock is being taken from the Long John trail for the project.

A new, bigger lodge is being built nearby. Barnes said construction is on schedule.

The 38,000-square-foot lodge will host ticket sales, a full retail store, a tuning area and a rental shop on the first floor. The next level is getting a cafeteria with a coffee bar and lounge. The third floor will have a sit-down restaurant, which will be named within the next couple of weeks.

Construction crews are focused on the interior now.

"They got the outside done," Barnes said. "They're hanging Sheetrock. We got all of our pipes in and wire in. We're going through some final design for the interior, just crossing out t's and dotting our i's. But we're coming into the home stretch now."

Dupuis Construction, of West Dover, is the general contractor for the project. Several other local companies also were hired.

Scott Dupuis' company "has just been smashing it for us," Barnes said. "We're pretty pleased with how it came out."

Jamie Storrs, communications manager at Mount Snow, expects the new lodge to see more traffic than its predecessor. Seating will be available for 260 guests and the deck will be larger than the old one.

"It's definitely going to be a big draw," Storrs said. "We're expecting a lot more people to start and end their day there."

The hope is to finish construction by Nov. 1. An opening ceremony will be announced later.

Summer work and activities

Barnes said general maintenance projects include vehicle repairs, chair lift servicing and painting or other cosmetic repairs. He called a new deck at the resort's golf course "a big hit this summer."

"The views down there are amazing," he said. "We put a wire rail deck that allows you to see a little better."

On Wednesdays, a discounted golf outing costs $29 and women participating in ladies leagues get free clinics with a round of nine holes. Live music happens Saturdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Meanwhile, mountain biking and scenic chair lift rides are offered at the main face Wednesday through Sunday. The Bull Wheel, a bar and restaurant at the summit, can be accessed from the Bluebird Express lift. Musical performances are scheduled there Saturdays.

The downhill mountain bike trail Bullwhip saw "a minor rebuild" this year, Barnes said. Trails are reviewed prior to opening each summer to see which could use some love.

"Bullwhip was a big one for this year," Barnes said of the trail specifically designed for freestyle riding with its various jumps and drops.

The resort offers a day camp for kids age 6 to 12. Activities include mountain biking, volleyball and hiking.

Barnes said participation has been growing over the last three or four years.

"We have a great team there," he said.

There is also a family camp running for four weeks in July and August. Activities are scheduled and meals are planned for participants. So "you can come up and take your shoes off and not worry about anything," said Barnes.

Angry Orchard's Rock the Roots Music Tour will be stopping by Saturday with groups such as Sublime with Rome, Dirty Heads, Lupe Fiasco, Pepper and Matisyahu.

"We're super excited to have those guys here," Barnes said. "It's going to be a fantastic event, all down in the base area."

General admission tickets are available at angryorchard.com/rocktheroots. Storrs said the VIP tickets sold out "almost immediately."

"There's great desire to see more live music in the green mountains," he said.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.

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