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Monday, September 19, 2005

Autumn Days are Upon Us.

Snowcat skiing lodge at Chatter Creek The summer has come and gone at Chatter Creek and the final push is on to complete the "summer" projects. Very soon, all hands will be "on deck" for final preparations for welcoming guests to Vertebrae and Solitude Lodges.

A lot of finishing carpentry has been completed in the lodges this summer; jobs that were not finished last summer, when Solitude Lodge was built. There has also been quite a bit of work completed on the Chatter Creek access road. The partners expect to complete a second woodshed this fall, with a second outdoor furnace to act as a booster to the existing hot-water heating system. This will allow the propane booster installed last year to be retired and will provide much more heat during cold snaps. One of the remaining tasks is a wood-choping "bee". A crew will be going in to the lodge shortly to cut the winter firewood for the two furnaces.

There are a lot of people looking forward to powder skiing in the new "Lakeside" terrain. It won't be long now! The annual mailout to guests is "in the mail". Watch for it and remember to mark the November "due date" on your calendar.

For more information on these two great lodges, look at our "Lodge Life" Web site or, for the story of the construction of these lodges, look at our "Vertebrae Lodge" and "Solitude Lodge" sites.