A Caterpillar D7 cuts a road near the Four Points Hut near the top of Mount Werner. Steamboat Ski Area closed Sunday, and crews already are busy working to clear snow and cut roads for the construction of a new 13,000-square-foot Four Points Lodge.

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A Caterpillar D7 cuts a road near the Four Points Hut near the top of Mount Werner. Steamboat Ski Area closed Sunday, and crews already are busy working to clear snow and cut roads for the construction of a new 13,000-square-foot Four Points Lodge.

Four Points Lodge construction to create extra traffic at Steamboat Ski Area

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Construction started April 15 on a new multimillion-dollar Four Points Lodge at Steamboat Ski Area.

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Work is performed on Tower 26 of the gondola Monday at Steamboat Ski Area. Those accessing the mountain should expect to see heavy machinery at work because of regular teardown and the start of construction on Four Points Lodge.

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Dave Tegtmeyer places a sign warning skiers who may be hiking the slopes about construction work that is currently taking place at Steamboat Ski Area.

— The day after the mountain closed, work started on the new Four Points Lodge, and those thinking about accessing the mountain to take advantage of recent snowfall should be aware of the extra activity at Steamboat Ski Area.

While there’s a teardown period every year, ski area spokesman Mike Lane said, the Four Points project will multiply the traffic on the mountain.

“This year’s a little bit different than past years,” Lane said.

Why Not and Four Points service roads are closed, according to a news release, and all ski trails that cross the roads also are closed.

Signs are posted at the ski area with maps highlighting the closed roads.

Lane said that those who access the mountain always should be aware of the potential hazards.

“They should know what they’re getting into, be aware and be on the lookout,” he said.

A ski area press release stated that “significant construction machinery and hazards will exist due to these early spring projects.”

Roads were being plowed Monday and the inside of the current Four Points Hut was being dismantled, Lane said.

Soon, he added, demolition will start for the current hut, which was converted from a ski patrol shack in 1992.

The $5 million, 13,000-square-foot Four Points Lodge will sit 9,700 feet above sea level and have room for 200 diners. The project is slated to be finished by Christmas.

“The task right now is to figure out how we’ll get it done. We’ll get it done,” Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President and Chief Operating Officer Chris Diamond told the Steamboat Today when the project was announced.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206 or email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com

Comments

Bill Fetcher 1 year, 7 months ago

 The soon to be demolished Four Points Hut was not converted from a ski patrol shack but was built from the ground up. For the 1992-'93 ski season there was nothing there but the water and electricity hook-ups that had served the first Four Points double-chairlift. This lift, installed in 1968, did have a ski patrol facility in its top drive terminal. In 1970, when the Thunderhead Restaurant was expanded to become the gondola terminal, Ski Patrol Headquarters was moved there and the Four Points space with its restroom was made a warming hut for skiers. The timeline continues, centered on Storm Peak and Four Points:
 1983, The Storm Peak triple-chairlift is installed, crossing over the Four Points lift at the top of Twister run. The Summit Pomalift (1970), Four Points to the top, is removed.
 1992, The Four Points lift is removed. Its lift-line would become Nelson's Run. The Storm Peak high-speed detachable quad is installed, replacing the 1983 triple-chair, which is shortened and renamed Four Points. 
 1993, Four Points Hut built.
 At last report the old Four Points double-chair continues to soldier on at Eldora as the Little Hawk beginners lift.
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