Brundage Mountain Resort in Idaho has received over 100″ inches of snow to start its season, and they’re already 100% open. In addition, they just opened a stunning employee housing building. They converted the old Meadows Valley High School into a nine-bedroom facility. There are eight two-bedroom units, one single-bed unit for a property assistant, a common kitchen/dining room, a large living room, and a 4800-square-foot gymnasium.
The future is looking pretty exciting for Brundage Mountain, as many capital projects are on the docket. They’re currently working on a new base lodge and mountain adventure center, which are expected to open in the Fall of 2023. Next offseason, they’ll be replacing the Centennial Triple Chair with a high-speed quad. Other future plans include terrain and lift expansion and the development of real estate units.
Brundage Mountain’s official press release on their new employee housing building is below.
Brundage Mountain Transforms a Historic Building
Into Move-In Ready Employee Housing
New Meadows, ID (Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022) – Brundage Mountain Resort’s ongoing efforts to expand employee housing took a big leap forward this week with the completion of a unique remodeling project in New Meadows.
Last spring, Brundage Mountain purchased a 10,000-square-foot stucco building. The building served as Meadows Valley’s High School from 1940 into the early 1970s. The local landmark was completely remodeled over the summer and fall and saw its first new residents move in this month.
The dorm-style “Meadows Haus” now consists of eight double rooms, each with its own bathroom, along with a single room for an on-site property assistant. There is a shared kitchen/dining area on the main floor and a large common room on the lower floor stocked with lounge furniture, game tables, and other recreational amenities. The building also houses a 4,800-square-foot gymnasium.
Brundage hired local contractor Finite Concepts, based out of Donnelly, for the remodeling project. Construction crews were able to preserve the building’s solid wood floors while updating wiring, plumbing, and the interior layout and finishes. Exterior upgrades already completed include new siding and windows, with landscaping and parking improvements scheduled for next spring.
The site, at 520 Virginia Avenue (Idaho Highway 55) sits just east of the intersection with Highway 95, which gives residents convenient access to dining, shopping, and other services offered in New Meadows. Future plans for the site include a small number of tiny homes behind the main building.
Brundage Mountain started consistently providing employee housing in 2017 through a partnership with Shore Lodge as well as on-site at its owned Creekside RV Park & Campground. Since then, Brundage has added housing in additional locations and expects to house approximately 50 employees this winter season. Resort management is pursuing multiple partnerships and initiatives, in addition to the Meadows Haus project, with the goal of increasing that number by 100 or more.
“Offering affordable housing options to our employees is critical in the current housing market, where supplies are limited and costs are high,” says Brundage Mountain General Manager, Ken Rider. “Some of our employees are single and well suited for dorm-style housing, many have spouses, and children, and some have their own RVs but need a secure place to hook up. Our short- and long-term housing plans seek to address all these different housing needs.”
A limited amount of employee housing is still available for the Winter 2022-23 season. Job opportunities and job and housing applications can be found at http://www.brundage.com/employment.
Background: Brundage Mountain Resort is steeped in Idaho history and offers a charming, accessible local vibe. Brundage has been providing a high-value, family-friendly skiing experience for more than 60 years.
Known for the “Best Snow in Idaho”, Brundage Mountain is blessed with more than 320 inches of base area snow annually, which creates a consistently satisfying mix of bluebird and powder days throughout the winter season.
Future improvements at the independently owned resort will expand the on-site recreational experience and complement the endless adventure-based experiences on the vast Payette National Forest in Brundage Mountain’s backyard, all while preserving and enhancing the attributes that make Brundage a true Idaho original.
Image Credits: Brundage Mountain Resort