Update: August 27, 2010
Hey, gang. We're moving right along on this lodge – so fast in fact, that we've built half a lodge before we've been able to install a time-lapse camera. Go figure.
Anyway, you know the stats on the lodge: 15,000 square feet, 500 indoor seats, 250 outdoor seats, first on-mountain lodge built at Heavenly in 30 years. Huge upgrade.
We were up there pouring the footing for the entire lodge today. Something like 38 cement trucks were up there today, a pretty awesome accomplishment. But let's let Casey and Dane tell the story:
Why the urgency? Well, we're expecting SNOW this weekend. So we've got to get the cement poured and let it cure for a good day before the snow flies.
So there's the story. New lodge. Early snow. Labor Day tent sale. Season pass sale. Only 84 days until we open the resort! Who's getting excited!
Update: August 6, 2010
Heavenly Mountain Resort has announced that on August 6, 2010 it has broken ground on a new on-mountain restaurant & lodge. This spectacular 14,720-square-foot restaurant located at the top of Heavenly's Gondola will offer 484 indoor seats and 250 outdoor patio seats and is the crown jewel of Heavenly's major revitalization over the past eight years, which includes new and upgraded lifts, increased snowmaking and grooming, and additional on-mountain amenities. These projects signal Heavenly's ongoing commitment to providing the finest on-mountain experience for skiers and snowboarders.
Shoveling at the new lodge groundbreaking ceremony - August 6, 2010
"The lodge is transformational for Heavenly's overall resort experience, allowing us to ramp up the quality and variety of our food while increasing comfort for our guests," said Blaise Carrig, co-president of Vail Resorts' Mountain Division. "While many resorts are pulling back, Heavenly is pushing forward, solidifying our position as Lake Tahoe's leading destination resort."
Set for completion in February 2011, the lodge will offer a beautiful open dining area designed to overlook the ski runs serviced by the Tamarack Express chairlift through a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Conveniently located in the middle of the mountain, skiers, snowboarders and sightseers will be treated to an expansive, comfortable dining area featuring large timber framing and high ceilings throughout. The convenient scramble-style food court will offer a wide array of choices for guests to enjoy. The lodge will also feature a bar offering both high table and bar seating. On sunny days during both winter and summer, guests will be able to enjoy Heavenly's ample amount of sunshine on the lodge's 4,320-square-foot patio.
The restaurant's interior finishes will be a combination of richly-colored woods and stone as well as high-end finishes like granite tops in the bathrooms, bar and food court. The interior of the lodge will be lit by a combination of natural light from the expansive window wall and large, rustic chandeliers in the dining area. The exterior of the lodge will complement the surrounding environment by featuring natural colors of the local Tahoe landscape. Aligning with Vail's company-wide commitment to the environment, Heavenly will submit the project for LEED certification.
The lodge also represents a critical component that completes Heavenly's Adventure Peak family recreation area. Already home to snowshoeing, ski biking, sledding and Heavenly's Super Tubing Hill – five 500-foot lanes of exhilarating tubing action accessed by a fully-enclosed, elevated magic carpet – the restaurant will provide a home base for a full day of on-snow activity.