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Liberty Mountain construction update

Susan Prasse

(2/11) Liberty Mountainís multi-year Master Resort Plan is really beginning to take shape! In the last year there have been numerous upgrades and additions being made throughout the resort. There is a brand new entry way leading up to the resort. Sanders Road has been repositioned and reshaped to accommodate better traffic flow for guests and residents in and around the resort. The existing Plaza circle will now be for pedestrian traffic only.

The change to the Plaza area was designed so guests could gather and interact during ceremonies and other live events. Removing bus, car and truck traffic was the key to providing an overall safer environment. This summer, another dramatic change in the pedestrian Plaza area will take place - a multi season village center will be completed. An ice skating rink and other amenities will be added for the winter months. Equally exciting, it will provide a new wedding ceremony venue and special event area for music or other performances.

The new Highland Lodge is currently being framed and flooring put in. Marketing Director, Anne Weimer said "itís very impressive how much progress is being made since we began construction of Phase 1, every day there is something new to see." The grand new lodge is expected to be completed in July of this year. The lodge will have two new restaurants, a grand ballroom with a large outdoor terrace overlooking the golf course, and 17 new hotel rooms and suites. Additionally, it will feature an indoor pool, hot tub area with separate saunas, and a salon and spa. The new building will have exposed wood and stone architecture that will set the tone for future renovation as part of the resortís Master Plan.

Four of the on-course bridges have been replaced crossing Tom's Creek, as well as new landscaping. All of this work follows last year's improvements that included a 1.2 million dollar state-of-the-art irrigation system. The resort is committed to the restoration of the Carroll Valley Golf Course and returning it to one of the premier courses in the region.

Liberty's newest acquisition is the stone manor house, Fairway Springs, located on the right of Sanders Road when approaching the main resort. Built in 1840, this historic home will be graciously renovated to become an intimate wedding and banquet venue.

On the slopes, Liberty has reshaped large portions of the First Class slope. Over 26,000 cubic yards of fill has been added to the upper section of the First Class Area Quad. The additional space will allow instructors more room for classes, and allow more space for people just getting started. "Weíre so pleased with the many new things that our guests and local community can enjoy, itís exciting to be a part of it all," said Weimer. For more information contact www.libertymountainresort.com

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