Red Mountain Resort in British Columbia is getting another facelift, and then some. More than hammers and nails came out this summer for the $2.5 million renovation of the historic lodge to preserve its unique old features and add 30 percent more floor space.

The aging 110-year-old day lodge may be one of the oldest ski lodges in North America. It had its first life as a compressor station for a gold mine before it was moved to the ski hill.

Work began this summer on restoration of the 17,000-square-foot building. Old wooden lockers will be preserved in the basement, and drop ceilings will be removed to expose the original wooden rafters and crossbeams. "It's hallowed ground around here," spokesperson Mika Hakkola told

An additional 7,000 square feet will add new updated skier services to the building, including an equipment rental shop, retail and general stores, guest services, lift ticket office, day lockers, wine and coffee bar, and conference center. The Rafters Bar will also be enlarged, and the sundeck will be three times bigger.

Base area Web cams are trained on the lodge, so you can watch the progress this fall. Work is expected to be completed by December.

The resort is also running its preseason pass sale until Oct. 1. "We have a price freeze on season passes for this year," said Hakkola. "The daily lift ticket will remain at last year's price, too." Adult preseason passes are on sale for $832 CAN, but will go up to $960 after the sale. Passes may be purchased online or by phone.

More information. Or call 800-663-0105 ext. 201.