We were happy to learn that a venerable, long-time business in our area is looking ahead: Expanding its options in the world of winter sports and entertainment.
Woods Valley Ski Area on Route 46 is about to venture beyond the business of downhill skiing, tubing and snowboarding during the winter months. Owner Tim Woods recently announced that he’s expanding the main lodge so that he can go into the banquet business in addition to the ski industry.
This development is obviously of much interest to those who view the Daily Sentinel website. It’s been the top-read story since it appeared in our print edition Thursday.
Asked about the reason for the expansion, Woods said: “We can no longer rely on doing business four months out of the year. Our winters just aren’t long enough.”
As part of the renovation work and additions, the base lodge will get new windows and insulation, as well as a new roof on the center of the chalet. There will also be a new kitchen.
“We’re doubling the seating in our cafeteria and we’re adding air conditioning to the lodge as we get into the banquet business and improve our winter business,” Woods said.
“And we plan to demo the east end of the building next year,” Woods said. “We’re keeping the fireplace, but everything will be renovated around it. We feel our business is also ideal for weddings and banquets.”
There certainly is a need for another facility in our area that can provide these types of services because of recent developments. The target date for completion is around Thanksgiving.