When the Brandywine side of northern Ohio’s twin peaks of Boston Mills and Brandywine finally opens its new 48,000-square-foot base lodge this season, ski area operators are planning a party that is sure to be legendary.

The downhill areas, two of only a handful located within a United States national park, have already got the first part of their invite list licked. The first 500 who purchased a 2012-13 season pass this year are already invited to return and party hard when the new building officially opens.

Highlight of the new facility: fully one-quarter will be devoted to a new rental facility, greatly speeding up the time spent picking up equipment to get you on the hill faster. Watch its website for the announcement of its opening, and the ski area’s opening day, as well as other events including its Midnight Madness nights at just $28 for a lift ticket, and $20 week day or $30 weekend tickets for active military. Regular price is $43. Those nights start Dec. 28, and the Jan. 4-6 U.S. Airbag demo weekend.

And, that equipment will be all-new Head skis and boots, accompanied by a speedy boot drying system that will ensure both snowboard and ski equipment will always be ready. The new equipment Brandywine featured last season will be transferred to its sister resort, Boston Mills, about five minutes away.

Other events also are in the planning stages to kick off the new lodge. Season passes purchased at either area are good at the other. Boston Mills features seven trails streaming down the hillsides constituting the scenic and historic Cuyahoga River valley. Brandywine’s 11 runs over a 264-foot vertical are served by eight lifts and tows.