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Schweitzer Resort to build new summit lodge

This rendition shows the 8,000-square-foot summit lodge that Schweitzer Mountain Resort plans to open next year. (Schweitzer Mountain Resort)
This rendition shows the 8,000-square-foot summit lodge that Schweitzer Mountain Resort plans to open next year. (Schweitzer Mountain Resort)

Schweitzer Mountain Resort plans to build a new lodge at the top of its Great Escape Quad lift.

Work on the two-story, $3.8 million lodge will begin in early July and be completed by fall 2016, Schweitzer said today.

The resort’s board of directors approved the plans this week.

“We are excited with the board’s decision to move forward with this project, especially following such a challenging winter,” CEO Tom Chasse said. “It’s great to have such strong support from our owners, allowing us to improve the resort’s infrastructure and deliver a better experience for our guests.”

The 8,000-square-foot building, which will offer 360-degree views, was designed by Sandpoint-based architect Tim Boden and engineered by Dave Thompson.

The main floor will house the ski patrol dispatch and restrooms. The second floor will have a restaurant and full-service bar with indoor and outdoor seating for up to 180 people.

The building also will be available for private functions, including mountain-top weddings.

“The view from the top of the mountain and the feeling you get looking out over the lake is unparalleled. The summit lodge will give us the ability to share that experience,” Chasse said. “Summer or winter, we think the lodge will become a destination for locals and visitors alike.”

Schweitzer has chosen Sandpoint-based Idagon Homes to manage construction of the project.