Stratton Base Lodge Expansion Brings More Seating, Top Bands
Vermont’s Stratton Mountain has completed an $8.5 million project that literally raised the roof on their base lodge, adding a second floor to the east and west wings, bringing another 350 seats and approximately 4,000 more square feet.
Design and materials married the original architecture with native stone, hardwoods, barn style board and gates, Vermont-crafted Hubbardton Forge lighting and energy efficiency upgrades at every opportunity, working closely with Efficiency Vermont.
A larger kitchen has been installed to serve the expanded Grizzly’s restaurant while the main floor has been transformed with a new serving area, coffee shop, flooring and details that include wainscoting and Douglas fir columns throughout.
A new window bar at the restaurant offers slopeside views over snacks and cocktails. The second floor west wing will serve as an extension of Grizzly’s when traffic demands, and guests can enjoy comfortable cushioned seating with stainless steel design.
“With the new layout the two wings can be opened and closed to expand Grizzly’s,” Stratton’s Cassie Russo told SnoCountry.com. “We’re excited to be able to bring in larger musical acts and other events.” The Winter Music Series will bring top names to Stratton this winter.
In addition to winter music, après and dining, the expanded Base Lodge will offer new opportunities for summer conferences, weddings and meetings.
Environmental efficiency and sustainability were at the forefront of tasks while designing the new lodge. Low emission glass windows were placed in the new additions, which were engineered to keep warm air inside and block cold air from entering, allowing for comfortable temperatures and substantial energy savings. Carpet tiles throughout the base lodge are made from 100% recycled materials and an oil boiler has been replaced by a more efficient gas boiler. LED lighting illuminates the lodge, with up to a 90% energy savings as opposed to traditional light bulbs.
Photos: Top -- Grizzly's is home to the great views and a hopping après scene at Stratton with live music and specials every weekend. (Courtney DiFiore); Below: Stratton President Bill Nupp and VP Retail/Rental Operations John Lapoint cut the ribbon to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Base Lodge. (Hubert Schriebl)