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Mount Snow Continues to Develop Carinthia Park With New Base Lodge

Rendering of the future Corinthia Base Lodge. Photo courtesy of Mount Snow.

Over the past few years, Mount Snow has been pushing a development agenda to make their resort one of the east coast’s leading ski destinations, including a massive snowmaking upgrade and a new-and-improved lodge at their Carinthia base.

This winter, Mount Snow will have their new 42,000-square foot Carinthia Base Lodge completed, according to Mount Snow Communications Manager Jamie Storrs. It is just in time for the ten-year anniversary of Carinthia Parks and will be 5 times the size of the original lodge.

The new Corinthia Base Lodge under construction this past year. Photo courtesy of Mount Snow.

Since Mount Snow decided to transform Carinthia to cater to terrain park skiing a decade ago, it has confirmed a new trend for skiing on the east coast: While snowfall is often inconsistent in the east, terrain parks are an alternative to powder.

“You can ski rails and lap the park in any kind of snow,” said Storrs. “Our largest passholder demographic is 18-29-year-olds, so we are really trying to lock in the next generation of skiers who are more excited about park skiing.”

And so far, the tactic seems to be working for them. Carinthia at Mount Snow has consistently ranked highly in East Coast Terrain Parks and in Top 10 Overall Parks with Newschoolers.

The new base lodge will further capitalize on the growing popularity of the terrain park, complete with two bars, a full-service restaurant, cafeteria, coffee counter, ski rental shop, tuning shop, retail and convenience store, a youth activity room, and much more.

However, Mount Snow’s improvements did not end there. Last season, the resort completed their Westlake Water Project, increasing water storage from 20,000 to 120,000 gallons and doubling their pumping capacity.

“Last year we learned what our system can do and how to help it run better. We’re stoked to see what it will do this year,” said Storrs.

Carinthia Lodge under construction. Photo courtesy of Mount Snow.

Mount Snow hopes to further develop the Carinthia side of the park with the construction of 100 units of ski-in, ski-out lodging within the next few years.

While the new lodge will be welcomed with open arms, there is no doubt that the character of the old Carinthia lodge will be missed. “We’ve definitely had a little bit of sadness saying goodbye to the old lodge. It’s been around since the 60s, and entire families learned how to ski there,” said Storrs.

The old lodge being torn down last summer. Photo courtesy of Mount Snow.

“There is definitely a slight feeling among some of our passholders that an all-terrain park based area will pull away from Mount Snow’s character. But we want our passholders to remain assured that we are committed to keeping the culture of the mountain the same way it is now,” said Storrs.

Not to be the old guy yelling ‘Get Off My Lawn’ but I wonder how this will effect the vibe. I loved that old lodge. Great parking, food sucked (in a good way), no alcohol served or allowed, and the unique smell of sweaty socks/waffles/weed was awesome.  My son loved skating the ramps on the deck.  It seemed like a world away from the ‘Bluebird’/main base where all the jackwagons are.  With the bars and restaurants there I wonder how many clueless people it will bring who stop under features and jam up the parks. Combine that with flowing booze and I wonder how that will effect the experience.  (Or it might kick ass and I’m just turning into a grumpy old man).

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