New Four Points Lodge at Steamboat Ski Area gets a roof |

New Four Points Lodge at Steamboat Ski Area gets a roof

The new Four Points Lodge at 9

— Skiers who stop for lunch for the first time at Steamboat Ski Area's new Four Points Lodge this winter might have a difficult time deciding between taking a seat on the east side of the building facing Storm Peak or the west side with its views of the valley and downtown Steamboat 9,700 feet below.

"The cathedral windows on the west side will start 18 inches from the floor, and you're looking at a ceiling height of 28 feet, so it's really spectacular," Steamboat Vice President of Guest Services Jim Snyder said. "The bar is on the Storm Peak side, and it's going to be very special, and the windows are positioned so you look directly up the hill at the skiers coming down."

The new $5 million-plus Four Points Lodge replaces the longstanding Four Points Hut, which sat at a point on the mountain where skiers could choose to descend from a menu of high-intermediate and advanced trails like Cyclone, Tornado, Nelson's Run and Twister, all from one spot. The old restaurant began life in 1967 as a ski patrol shack. The new restaurant will seat 200 diners.

Snyder said Thursday that the construction project is on schedule for a planned opening in time for the December holidays. Sharp-eyed people gazing up at Mount Werner this month can see the white Calcon Constructors trailer at the top of Four Points and even a little of the new building's roofline. Snyder said the new lodge is very apparent now to people who ride the Steamboat gondola to the top of Thunderhead.

"We're still on track in terms of a timing perspective," Snyder said. "The deck is partially built, the (incomplete) roof is on and the interior is framed" with steel studs.

Exterior stone work also has begun, Snyder said, and some important details are getting attention this week on the interior building. Crews were drilling precisely located holes in the concrete slab to accommodate wiring where someday the cash register stations will stand.

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"The kitchen is framed in, and we've purchased our equipment," Snyder added.

The ski area continues to be committed to coming as close as possible to achieving its no-waste goal for the facility, Snyder said. Reviews of providers for silverware, drink tumblers and reusable melamine-style plates are underway.

"We're trying hard not to have to bring (trash) back down the hill and maintain the zero-waste philosophy we began a number of years ago that we've become a leader on," Snyder said.

Snyder said he is aware that some Steamboat guests and regulars had grown attached to the quaint feeling of the old hut, but he's optimistic a built-in fireplace on the new deck and a large indoor fireplace with bench seating where people can remove their ski boots before dining will win them over.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email

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