Mount Snow 'finally' starts new lodge construction

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WEST DOVER — A new 38,000-square-foot base lodge is officially becoming part of the landscape at Mount Snow's all terrain-park face Carinthia.

"This day has finally come," said Dick Deutsch, president of Mount Snow and vice president of business and real estate development at Peak Resorts. "It's been a long time."

The project was started in 2014, Deutsch said Monday during a groundbreaking ceremony. Fundraising through the federal EB-5 program, which allows foreign investors to get permanent residency in the United States by committing dollars to projects promised to create jobs, proved challenging.

Some scrutiny of the program had come out of alleged fraud at Jay Peak Resort. Although Mount Snow was not involved in the controversy, the resort experienced delays with getting its $52 million for the new base lodge and snowmaking improvements.

The $22 million three-story lodge is expected to open for the 2018/19 ski season. It's described by the resort as "a hub for future development at Mount Snow, which will add slopeside lodging accommodations, improved parking facilities and a range of guest amenities to the Carinthia base area."

Scott Dupuis, Dupuis Carpentry owner, said digging would begin this week.

Inside the new base lodge will be seating for 500 guests, a full-service restaurant, a cafeteria, two bars and a coffee counter. Other services will include ski rentals, tune-ups, retail, and sales for lift tickets and lessons. A youth activity room and convenience store are also part of the plan.

Resort officials expect the lodge to be used for different purposes all year long, including conferences, weddings or other events.

Brent Raymond, vice president of special projects at Peak Resorts, said the next project should be a hotel in the Carinthia area. Currently, the idea is to offer 104 units.

Weekly updates on construction at Mount Snow can be found on the resort's social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or @CMaysBR.

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