Idaho Resorts Forge Into New Season; New And Improved Lodges, Terrain
Last year’s tough winter in Idaho hasn’t deterred projects at a number of resorts that aim to upgrade everything from mountain terrain to on-mountain lodges to overnight accommodations.
Skiers and riders who hit the slopes at Schweitzer Mountain Resort will get to see a new mountain-top lodge take shape. The summit lodge will sit between the unloading ramps of the Great Escape Quad and the Snow Ghost chairlifts.
Construction of the new three-story lodge began this summer and is expected to continue after the winter, with a targeted opening in the fall of 2016. The first floor will house Ski Patrol and rest rooms, while the second and third floors will be home to a restaurants, bars, and private function rooms – plus an outdoor deck for views from the 6,375-foot elevation.
“(This season) skiers and riders will be able to see the concrete walls and foundation of the building,” Schweitzer’s Dig Chrismer told SnoCountry.com. “The three additional floors will be built above this foundation.”
Also at Schweitzer, ownership has invested in its Internet infrastructure to bring increased bandwidth around the mountain.
Elsewhere in Idaho, Tamarack Resort continues to work its way back with several terrain projects. Brush-removing crews worked this summer to clear a quartet of expert runs, including mid-mountain steepies Blaze, Pursuit and Staircase and upper-mountain favorite Tango.
Tamarack also plans to re-open the steep pitches and powder stashes of Wildwood on the north side of the mountain. A five-minute hike is required.
At Sun Valley, the big news is the comprehensive renovations of the iconic Sun Valley Lodge. The 80-year-old base lodge got bigger – 30,000 square feet added to include 94 more rooms, 20,000 square-foot spa and fitness center, and pool – plus a remodel of existing rooms, restaurants and other areas.
Photos: Top -- The iconic Sun Valley Lodge gets a facelift (Sun Valley/Facebook); Bottom: New lodge at Schweitzer Mountain takes shape (Schweitzer/Facebook)