Construction comes five months after a blaze destroyed the original ski lodge at the Farmington, Pa., resort. The new lodge, scheduled to open in mid-December, will feature bowling alleys, an indoor climbing wall, and a wall of glass for a view down the mountain.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa., held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new lodge just five months after a fire destroyed the original ski lodge, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.
Scheduled to open in mid-December, the new lodge will be 25,000 sq. ft., about 6,000 sq. ft. larger than the original, It will be known as the Sundial Lodge to reflect its year-round use, the Tribune-Review reported.
“Construction is under way. Obviously, we had to clear the site. That took a few months,” spokesman Jeff Nobers said. “It’s pretty much in the same footprint” of the former lodge, he added.
The blaze that destroyed the original lodge was visible for miles around the resort and three firemen had to be treated for smoke inhalation, though no guests were injured, the Tribune-Review reported.
Within days of the fire, the Mystic Mountain slopes opened for the President’s Day weekend and the resort used its CaddyShack restaurant, rented heated tents and equipment loaned by nearby ski resorts to finish the season.
Features of the new two-story, wood-and-stone design lodge will include the Wild Side entertainment center, which includes bowling alleys, arcade games and an indoor climbing wall, along with ski rentals, a retail shop and a wall of glass for a view down the mountain, the Tribune-Review reported.
“We will have a year-round casual restaurant that will seat 150. We are adding some meeting and conference rooms,” Nobers said.
The resort has also been selected for the state’s final Category 3 Gaming License, which paves the way to open a casino at the site, the Tribune-Review reported.
Club & Resort Business featured Nemacolin Woodlands as its cover story in June 2009 (“A Tiger in the Woods” ).