Resort renaissance: Construction at Sugar Bowl Resort focuses on skiers |

Resort renaissance: Construction at Sugar Bowl Resort focuses on skiers

Ryan Salm/Sierra SunEmployees from Slayden Construction Group work on phase 1 of the Judah residential project at Sugar Bowl Resort on Monday.

Construction is underway on the first phase of the Judah residential project at Sugar Bowl Resort. The new addition will be one of four planned residential buildings surrounding the Mount Judah Lodge area.

Christopher Parker, Sugar Bowl resort planning and development director, said the condominiums will be built on a smaller scale to retain the ski resort’s rustic charm and to highlight the ski slopes as its main attraction.

“We don’t want to compete with the lodge … but keep the focus on skiing,” Parker said.

He said it’s important for the resort to update its facilities, but Sugar Bowl still wants to maintain its “laid-back” outdoor feel.

The Judah project will cost $70 million and is scheduled for completion by 2010.

Parker said the first phase is scheduled to be finished by December 2007 and the second phase’s construction will follow. He said Slayden Construction Group, Inc. plans to have the roof on by winter.

The severe snow load at Sugar Bowl called for “much beefier construction” plans, Parker said, with costs adding up to $200,000 to blow up granite rock on the property in order to build the foundation.

Parker said the new buildings are designed to provide convenient housing for people who come to Sugar Bowl specifically to ski. The four buildings will be located near the Mt. Judah Express Lift so people can easily access the mountain.

The first phase will have 23 housing units with two, three and four bedroom condos with spacious interiors for families who visit the slopes, Parker said. The condos will feature hardwood floors, slate entryways, and fireplaces to fit the ski atmosphere, according to project plans on Sugar Bowl’s Web site,

Parker said the third story condos are already reserved, but there are still condos available for sale. Prices start at around $944,000 and go up to $1.4 million.

He said Sugar Bowl provides a “niche market” for people looking to buy a second home with a woodsy cabin atmosphere.

“When people don’t find what they’re looking for (elsewhere) we can be that alternative,” Parker said.

Some of the older existing buildings, like the Village Lodge, date back to 1939. Parker said village residents weren’t opposed to the new construction plans at Mt. Judah because it remains a separate entity from the older development. Keeping the construction on a smaller scale allows plans for cedar finishes to keep the housing authentic, he said.

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