Mad River Mountain lodge to blend old with new

Crews work to finish construction on a $6.5 million lodge at Mad River Mountain. (Photo by: WDTN/Jake Ryle)
Crews work to finish construction on a $6.5 million lodge at Mad River Mountain. (Photo by: WDTN/Jake Ryle)

ZANESFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — Construction crews are hard at work piecing together the new Mad River Mountain lodge.

The $6.5 million facility will feature an 800-seat cafeteria, along with a second-floor loft bar which will be able to seat 400-450, according to Tom Price, General Manager of the ski area.img_6007

“I’m very excited. This is going to be such a huge improvement for the ski area,” he said.

Temperatures are still climbing into the 80’s; however, work is being done now to ensure the lodge is ready for the 2016-17 season.

“We really tried to work with what we had in the old building with what we have in the new building we’re going to upgrade a lot of things,” he said.

Progress that’s necessary for business. One year ago Mad River Mountain’s lodge caught fire, and destroyed the entire building.

The State Fire Marshal was never able to pinpoint the exact cause. Price remembers that day, and says he knew the rebuild would happen.

“It’s easy to get wrapped up in the emotion of it’s all gone. But there was never any doubt.”

Through the loss–a rallying point.

“The community has been great. They came out in droves after the fire. Everyone wanted to help,” Price added, “Everybody brought their brooms and we’re like — we just need to settle in and get ready.”

img_6006The former ski lodge stood on the grounds for more than 50 years. Price is hopeful the lodge can be a foundation for a bright future.

“I think it’s going to be something we can grow into for a long time in the future.”

While the construction continues–Price says they’re hoping to blend the old with the new.

“Especially putting the stained glass that we had. I think people are going to think that it feels like at home.”

Officials hope to move in to the new lodge by the beginning of November. The start of the ski season will be determined by the weather.

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