Mad River Mountain rises from the ashes

ZANESFIELD, Ohio (WCMH) — The lodge at Mad River Mountain was destroyed by fire on September 16, but that has not stopped their plans to open in less than a month.

It took 15 fire departments to bring this huge fire under control, but not before this iconic lodge was destroyed. The cause of the blaze is still undetermined.

From the ashes of that tremendous fire has raised a fully-functioning ski lodge, all in less than two months.

Thomas & Marker Construction has fast-tracked the project, putting up temporary buildings with a bar, entertainment center, full-service cafeteria and retail shop all in the same footprint as the former lodge.

“The feel inside is really nice, they go up fast and they are great for exactly this situation,” said Tom Price, Mad River Mountain General Manager.

As big of a shock as Price said the fire was, he said everyone worked to make it a positive experience looking toward the future, while remembering the past.

“It will be state-of-the-art except we do want to get that home feel that the old lodge had, everybody had such great memories in it,” Price said.

Even though the buildings were quickly installed, Price said they still maintain a comfortable feel.

“They are aluminum free-span structures that are covered with a vinyl covering. Really nice and used everywhere in the ski industry,” he said.

They plan on opening December first, if Mother Nature cooperates.

“We need cold temps to make snow,” Price said. “We need 28 wet bulb, which is a factor of humidity and temperature, that’s what we go off of and when that is ready we will go hard.”

After the season ends March 16, he said the temporary lodge will come down and a permanent one that has not been designed yet will be put in its place.

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