Whitecap Mountains Main Lodge Destroyed In Fire
A fire broke out in the main lodge of Wisconsin’s Whitecap Mountains Resort late Friday afternoon destroying the structure, which had been renovated over the fall, according to a story in the Upper Peninsula’s Daily Globe.
Located along the border with Michigan’s UP, the fire sent a smoke plume that could be seen for miles, according to area residents, and the blaze had to be battled into the wee hours of the morning. It started around 4:30 p.m., and was visible to skiers who had arrived early for the busy Martin Luther King Jr. long weekend. Nobody was injured and private homes in the village and hotel were spared any damage.
Saturday morning the resort reported on Facebook that despite the loss of the main lodge power was back on, lifts were running, and a continental breakfast was being served out of the hotel. Unfortunately they lost all their rental equipment in the fire, the post continued, and directed people to rental places in nearby Bessemer. It closed with the message, “We will rebuild.”
The main lodge had been renovated with a new cafeteria area, restaurant and bar. The kitchen was also brand new. Plans also called for a new chairlift to be installed next summer as they were attempting to revitalize the longtime resort.
Whitecap Mountains is tucked next to Weber Lake in northern Wisconsin’s rugged Ponokee Mountain range. It’s Swiss village motif, complete with clock tower, provided an Old World atmosphere, which is all gone now.
The resort's ski runs spread across three peaks offers tree-lined trails that appeal to all levels and some of the most western-like terrain found around the Great Lakes. Over 40 trails spill off three mountain peaks. It’s also the only Midwestern winter resort with a mile-long chairlift that spans two mountains.