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From Fire to the Future: Whitecap Mountains to Rebuild

Renee Passal
Updated: April 05, 2019 06:26 PM

Three weeks after an extensive remodel, the base lodge at Whitecap Mountains in Upson went up in flames on Friday, January 18th.

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"It was something I couldn't even think about," shared lift operator Jimmy Vokolek. He would see the eaves of the lodge each day at work. "I get emotional now. Because I didn't mourn then. It was back to work."

Despite the difficult loss, the ski hill near Upson in Iron County operated all winter long. And ideas for a bigger and better future were born.

"Two days after the fire, I asked one of our board members who's an architect to draw up plans for a base village," explained David Dziuban, the owner. Instead of just replacing the lodge, his plan is to add a retail shop, separate rental space, an administration building, and a new hotel.

The current hotel would eventually be torn down for more parking and condos. It's a big plan, that also includes snowmaking and a new chair lift. The price tag? $10 million dollars.

"We are reaching out to our financial institutions and financial partners. We'd like to keep moving forward," Dziuban added. He shared these ideas with a group of local leaders on Friday afternoon.

Employees like Jimmy are excited too. "This is going to be a heck of a destination spot."
 

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