Breckenridge Nordic Center To Open Exquisite Log Lodge
Breckenridge Nordic Center in Colo. has combined with the town of Breckenridge In a public private partnership to develop a new 9,200-square-foot log lodge on Peak 8. It will become the new base of the BNC operations by the beginning of January.
Gene and Therese Dayton, long time proprietors at the center told XCSkiResorts.com and SnoCountry.com about the development sounding like proud parents of a beautiful new baby,
“The new facility called the Oh, Be Joyful Log Lodge will house all of the Breckenridge Nordic Center operations, including areas for lounging, a loft and mezzanine, space for retail and rental operations, a snowcat garage, a full basement, restrooms, and two employee units so the groomers can be on site during storms.”
The Daytons described the construction project as a “labor of love.” It began in October 2012 and the lumber was harvested from the Pine Beetle devastation in the area. The logs were milled and lathed at Dayton’s local sawmill operation and the log peeling and staining were done by hand.
The building will be energy efficient with foundation insulation panels and thick roof insulation to make the log structure more weatherproof. The construction also utilized 110 spruce trees that were felled during the Breckenridge Ski Area gondola project. The interior will include red pine flooring, cedar woodwork, and a stonework fireplace. The snowmaking system will originate in the building and go to the instructional area.
Owners worked with 14 landowners and 7 homeowner associations in planning. The site is on the local bus shuttle route. Landowners donated land for open space and recreation. The town also worked cooperatively grading the parking lot and granting access to adjacent town-owned property in the Cucumber Gulch Preserve, where the historic Joses mining cabin is located and wildlife is plentiful.
The Breckenridge region is known for the 13 pound, 7 ounce gold nugget that was found in 1887 by Tom Graves, who nuzzled it like a baby to keep people from discovering it. “Tom’s baby” as it is known is still on display at the Colorado Museum of Natural History in Denver.
The lodge is at 9,800 foot elevation and it has window views of the Ten Mile Range and Breckenridge’s Peaks 6 and 7. For local XC skiers and those traveling to Breckenridge as a destination, there are 30 kilometers of groomed ski trails and there are also 18 kilometers dedicated for snowshoers.
The lodge will host nature programs, weddings, and other events during summers. The facility is adjacent to endless trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. As a year round recreational facility, the Oh, Be Joyful Log Lodge will put Breckenridge on the map to become a mecca for XC skiers and snowshoers.
Photo: Breckenridge Nordic Center log lodge under construction (Breckendridge Nordic Center)