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

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

Michael Schrantz

— 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.

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"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.

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