New Lodge Proposed for Big Mountain

By Beacon Staff

Whitefish Mountain Resort is considering a new lodge to replace an older building in the Upper Village.

According to Whitefish Mountain Resort CEO Dan Graves, the Snow Ghost Lodge is still in its concept stage, and whether it comes to fruition will depend market demand for the real estate.

The Snow Ghost Lodge would replace one of the last remaining buildings in the Upper Village that is over 40 years old, Graves said. The current building houses Ed & Mully’s restaurant.

Graves said the current building has undersized spaces with outdated infrastructure, which presents maintenance issues.

“The purpose is to not only get that new, more modern space with obviously new equipment but also to get units up here on the mountain that we don’t really have a lot of right now,” he said.

The new building would feature 40 studio condominium units, a restaurant and bar and space for skier services such as rentals and ticket sales, Graves said.

Each privately owned, 450-square-foot unit would come with high-end design and furnishing, heated underground parking, a private deck, ski-in and ski-out access, and access to the owner’s lodge.

Whitefish Mountain Resort’s real estate website projects the price for each unit to fall in the mid-$200,000 range.

Right now, Graves said the resort is looking to get 400 perspective buyers on a list, with the hope that 10 percent would commit. Construction, which Graves expects to take about 18 months beginning with the demolition, would not start until 80 percent of the units are presold.

The units would be wholly owned, and the owners would have the option to put their unit in the resort’s property management rental system, Graves said.

Interested parties should check with Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty at 406-862-1750 or visit www.skiwhitefish.com/realestate.php.

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