It's the story of a local business rising from the ashes of tragedy, just in time for the start of a new ski season. Big Powderhorn Mountain Ski Resort opened the doors of a new main lodge last week.
It was built when the original one burned down last winter. Construction began in May and was completed at the end of the summer, but contractors are still adding some finishing touches inside at this time.
Owners said the 20,000 square foot building has been well received by guests, and business is good.
"The guests love it; they compare it to a Western resort, which is what our effort was. We're a Midwest resort, but we wanted to give people kind of a destination vacation experience; I think this new lodge is doing just that," said Bruce Noreen, general manager.
The new building is smaller but more modern and energy efficient.