Construction crews began pouring concrete into the forms of Sugarbush's new 12,500-square-foot children's adventure facility. Footings for the building were set the week of May 17 and the wall forms went up earlier this week.

Phase 2 of Sugarbush's Lincoln Peak Village got underway in April. The new work at the base area will consist of a new entrance plaza as well as two new lodges. The children's adventure center will house some of Sugarbush's kids' programs. The resort's winter Micro, Mini and Sugar Bear programs as well as some summer camps will be located in this facility.

The other lodge will provide skier services such as tickets and season passes, guest lockers, adult ski and ride, rentals and repairs, public restrooms, and a cafe. Concrete work for the 14,500-square-foot skier services building is scheduled to begin the week of June 7.

Originally scheduled for construction last year, Sugarbush postponed the project until this year.
The two buildings are part of Phase 2 of a Lincoln Peak renovation project.

The work is being undertaken by Pizzagalli Construction Company, the company that constructed Phase 1 of the Lincoln Peak project. That phase included the Clay Brook residences, Timber's Restaurant and the new Gate House Lodge, completed in December 2006.

The new lodges will be ready for the 2010-2011 ski season, with completion expected by next November. Sugarbush broke ground on the project in mid-April. The 'sprung' buildings that are currently housing skier services and rentals will be disassembled in the coming days.

Phase 2 of the Lincoln Peak project is funded in part through a federal and state EB-5 visa program whereby foreign investors provide funds for projects in exchange for permanent residency (green card) status. Through this program, investors provide $500,000 and receive permanent residency status for themselves and their families.

The program allows individuals from outside the country to invest in projects that either save or create jobs in the United States in exchange for permanent residency status. The state spent years working to have Vermont designated a regional EB-5 center so that businesses would have access to capital in order to grow the local economy.

There is a final part of Sugarbush's plans for redeveloping Lincoln Peak, another series of residences to be built to the north of the base of the resort's beginner chair.