It's official. Construction on lifts, buildings, and a golf course, all part of a $220 to $250 million Stowe Mountain Resort expansion project at the base of Spruce Peak, will begin this summer.
Stowe Mountain Resort last week passed the final test for the first phase of its expansion by getting approval from the Stowe Development Review Board. Preliminary construction is expected to begin in one month, after a 30-day waiting period for possible appeals.
Stowe Mountain Resort's Director of Planning Rob Apple this week said the company anticipates breaking ground April 15 on construction of six mountain cabins at the base of Spruce Peak. Construction of an 18-hole golf course, also at the base of Spruce, is scheduled to begin sometime in May. The resort intends to build two new lifts on Spruce Peak this summer.
Although resort officials are eager to begin construction on the 35-acre ski hamlet, weather conditions not more permit approvals appear to be the remaining hurdle.
The expansion is part of an anticipated 10-year project. Last week's approval of the first phase of the multi-phase "master plan" concludes the review process for the bulk of the project.
This first phase calls for the construction of some 400 units of condominiums, hotel rooms, and single-family lots, the golf course, underground and garage parking, a new Spruce Peak base lodge, and assorted restaurants and retail buildings, all centered around the hamlet called Spruce Peak at Stowe. The base lodge which includes some of the condos is expected to be on line for the 2006-07 ski season.
Also part of the first phase are additional snowmaking and six new lifts at Spruce, a connector lift to Mt. Mansfield, three new parking lots below the south entrance to Mt. Mansfield, and a new maintenance building at Mansfield.