Mount Snow takes the first shovels to the ground for the Carinthia Base Lodge. (Mount Snow)
Vermont's Mount Snow has broken ground on a new $22 million lodge at its Carinthia base area that will provide a full suite of modern skier services, replacing the original lodge from the early 1960s when Carinthia was its own ski area.
The new 38,000 square-foot lodge, slated to open for the 2018-19 ski season, will serve 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.
The new three-story Carinthia Lodge will house a full-service restaurant, a cafeteria, two bars and coffee counter. Skier services will include a ski rental shop, tune shop, lift ticket and ski school sales, retail and convenience store, bag storage service and youth activity room. The interior of the lodge is designed as a multi-purpose flexible space for year-round use by conferences, weddings or other groups and events.
The resort is also in the home stretch for completion of the $30 million West Lake Project, which includes a 120-million gallon snowmaking pond, pipes and pump houses. The infrastructure will give Mount Snow “one of the most powerful snowmaking systems east of the Mississippi,” Mount Snow’s Jamie Storrs told SnoCountry.com.
Once online, snowmakers can pump water to the slopes at 12,000 gallons per minute. “For comparison, our current snowmaking system, at full tilt, pumps just barely 6,000 gallons per minute,” Storrs added. Doubling pumping capacity means the resort can open more trails faster every year and better recover from swings in the weather. “Whereas we were constrained by pumping capacity and water storage in the past, the 120 million gallon reservoir is virtually limitless.”
Storrs told us West Lake will be filled from nearby Cold Brook with an inflatable dam that will only be inflated when the river reaches a certain flow level to pull off water without affecting the health of the stream.
Both Carinthia Lodge and West Lake have been funded through the EB-5 program. At the groundbreaking, Vermont Economic Development Commissioner Joan Goldstein told WCAX, “Mount Snow's use of the program is an unabashed success” and "has been vigilant in the way they go about their projects raising money. It just is a stellar example of what you have to do."
Lodge construction is not anticipated to affect skiing and riding this winter. The old lodge will still be used winter 2107-18, and once the new lodge is up, the old building will be taken down and recycled.