Peak Resorts, which operates several Heartland ski areas, has announced that they plan to build a new 48,000-square-foot base lodge at [R75R, Brandywine], which operates with [R69R, Boston Mills] located across the valley.  The two are located between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio.

The new facility, expected to cost upwards of $5 million, will replace three existing buildings.  All skier services will now be housed under one roof, which will be a welcome change for customers.  It’s expected to be completed by the start of next season.

The ground level will include lift ticket windows, a 10,000-square-foot rental area, restrooms and retail shops.  A second floor cafeteria and bar featuring twice the seating of the old facility, will be enhanced with a wall of windows overlooking the slopes.  A large patio and sundeck accessible from both ground and second floor levels will also be included.

The twin ski areas’ 2012/13 Summit Pass, which is good for skiing and riding all next season, is currently on sale through April 30 for $299 for adults (13-69).  The price is $174 for juniors (5-12) and $100 for seniors (70+). 

Between the two ski areas they offer a 240-foot vertical, 17 trails, and 16 lifts.  They get busy on winter weekends, but they can also handle up to 20,000 per hour lift capacity.  Terrain is available for all level skiers and riders, but surprisingly nearly half is rated advanced.

Peak Resorts operates five Midwest ski areas in Missouri, Indiana and Ohio and five Eastern resorts in New Hampshire, Vermont and Pennsylvania.