Cranmore Mountain Resort will have a new, but temporary, look this winter.
The mountain is currently under construction developing Fairbank Lodge, the resort’s new base lodge and condominiums at the base of the mountain. The expansive lodge will feature 30,000 square feet of new day lodge space, along with 15, two-story lofted private residences on its upper levels. Day services include a new food pavilion, slopeside bar, day and season-long lockers, restrooms, a café and retail shop.
The base lodge is slated to open for winter 2023–24.
To bridge a season without base lodge facilities, the resort will introduce a basecamp concept for guests, bringing in temporary facilities that include heated portable restrooms, portable seasonal locker space and a temporary 3,000-square-foot cafeteria structure off Zip’s Deck.
The lower section of Zip’s Pub will be reconfigured to a quick-service area. The upper level of Zip’s Pub will operate as normal, offering a full bar and après entertainment on weekends and holiday periods. The temporary structure, located in front of Zip’s, will feature a comfort food-styled menu that includes house-smoked barbecue pork, brisket, chicken and sausage, along with Cranmore staples like mac and cheese and chili.
“It’s exciting to watch the daily progress of the construction of Cranmore’s new era—I know guests will be in awe when it’s completed,” said President and General Manager Ben Wilcox. “In the meantime, for this winter, we want to make sure guests are comfortable, and to ensure they will have a seamless ski and ride experience on the mountain.”
Additionally, the Alpine Café and Bar at the resort’s new Artist Falls Lodge will be open Friday to Sunday throughout the season, and daily during holiday and vacation periods. The restaurant, which serves favorites like tavern-style pizza and features a full-service bar with craft cocktails, will have expanded hours on Friday, Saturday and holiday periods. This will provide an added amenity for overnight guests, along with day guests looking for an on-mountain dining option.
The Summit Meister Hut will continue to operate this winter, offering popular local craft beer and quick-service food options.