Articles By Admin

Mountain Lodge Deck Update Sept 2021

The decks are galvanized structures with aluminum deck boards.

The foundations are going in this year so that we’re ready for erection in the Spring.

The 2 example decks are going up this year so we can see what they look like and if we need to adjust the design. We decided to ONLY do two sets (one single stack, and one double stack) so we can get a firm bid on the rest when (hopefully) materials come down in the fall.

The decks are 7×7, which is 49 sq ft. A LOT bigger than the 12.5 sq ft that came off. Due to space restrictions at some locations, 7×7 was as big as we could go where everyone has the same size deck. We had to have uniformity.

There may be an option for 1st floor owners to add a gate and steps at the owners cost. The design is in the pictures in the plans on the wall outside the GM office.

Local Places to Eat

Snowshoe Fireworks 2021

Would you’d like to beat the heat and humidity of city life?

If your answer is yes, head on over to Snowshoe Mountain this weekend and take in the Independence Day celebration this coming weekend.

The action kicks off on Friday, July 2nd with some live music in the Village at 7 PM.  There several activities during the day on Saturday but the highlight of the weekend is the fireworks display on Saturday night at 9 PM.

Things wrap up Sunday evening with live music throughout the day in the Village.

For a complete detailed list of events at activities, please visit the website link below.




Parade Of Steam

Join the fun on Saturday, June 19 at the Parade of Steam at the Cass train depot.  Those attending will have the opportunity to view five of the powerful, geared, steam locomotives as they move down the rails.

The Climax No. 9 and Shay Nos. 2, 4, 5 and 11 are all expected to be on display for the Parade of Steam.

They will be staging at the depot at 9am and the parade is expected to begin at 9:30am.

For more information on all the events in Cass this weekend, please visit



Historic Beverly WV

If you’d like to get a taste of some small town civil war history, take a trip north of Snowshoe to Beverly, WV.

Located approximately 45 minutes north on route 219, Beverly is a quaint little town that dates back to the late 1700’s.  The town features several historic sites.

The most popular is the Rich Mountain Battlefield, home to one of the earliest civil war battles. To this date, there remains nearly a dozen intact pre cival war buildings.  Several operate as museums or shops that are open to the public.

To learn more about the town and history of Beverly, WV, please visit their website @


Scenic Vintage Train Rides

Scenic train rides on a vintage locomotive are very popular attractions for visitors and guests to the Snowshoe area.  Trains depart from various stations in Pocahontas and Randolph counties.

The nearest station to Snowshoe is the Cass Depot located about 25 minutes from Snowshoe via route 66.  Cass, WV was a company town formed in 1901 by the  West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company.  The site features a small restaurant and gift shop at the station

The Durbin Depot, featuring the Durbin Rocket, is located approximately 45 minutes from Snowshoe via routes 66, 92 and 250.  There is a small gift shop, the Rail and Trail Store, which is across the street from the Depot.

If one is looking for a historic town experience, one could travel north to the Elkins station in downtown Elkins, WV.  Along with the train station, there are many shops and restaurants within walking distance.

Visit the WV Mountain Rail website for schedules and rates.

Trout Fishing

Elk Springs Resort is tucked away on the banks of The Elk River near the Randolph, Pocahontas County lines in West Virginia. If you want to get away from it all, this is the place to come to. No cell service and limited wifi, but only if you’re lucky.

Visit their website @

They offer a premier Elk River fly fishing guided trip for rainbow and brown trout, as well as, backcountry brook trout trips. They also offer private lessons, group lessons and schools from beginners to advanced fly fishermen.

Their professional guides have many years of experience on the waters in West Virginia with the goal of putting you on good fish and creating a lasting memory.

Give them a call at

1-877-ELK-SPRINGS or (304)-339-2359 Ext 2

Important Deck Update


Hello Homeowners,

The MLUOA Board would like to bring you up to date on the Deck phase (Phase 2) of our building renovation.  Here is a short outline of the whole project.

Time line for Mountain Lodge Renovation- 2019 to the present:

  • September 2019: MLA hires OMNI Architects after ($139,000).
  • March 2020: MLA hires City Construction to reclad the entire exterior in LP Smartside with Anderson windows after soliciting 3 bids from 2 others ($3.55 million). Bank loan approved in April 2020.
  • July 2020: City Construction begins recladding work. To date, we hold $30,000 retainage until the completion of the punch list.  Punch list work to start mid to late June, depending on when the 18 small windows arrive that are being exchanged for the non-opening ones.  City will also be working around GNCC, so this may not start until after that event.  Our staff has already reversed several of the ground floor sliding doors.  This work will proceed once the decks are installed, as the decks need to be on before the door reversal work can be done on non-ground-level condos.
  • Fall 2020: Board member Mike Ohler agrees to take on the deck project.
  • December 2020: MLA hires Arrow Engineering to design the decks on at a cost of $19,750 plus additional site visit charges of up to $1,500, if needed. The design is for 7ft. x 7ft. all-metal construction, including the roof structures with aluminum flooring and railings.  The architect’s rendering is at the end of this letter.

Mike sent out nine different bid packages and received only two bids back.  After reviewing these bids (the least expensive of which was $3.5 million), the MLUOA Board determined the price was too high to do the whole project this year.  Due in large part to the response to COVID-19, material pricing is through the roof, and demand for construction labor far exceeds supply, leading to uncharacteristically high labor pricing.

Mike then separated out Phase II into three sub-phases: foundations (Phase 2a.) and proofing stack (Phase 2b.) work in summer 2021, and fabrication and installation (Phase 2c.) work in summer 2022.  After reviewing two bids we received for Phase 2a., the MLUOA Board selected the less expensive option of $351,000 plus contingencies.

The company that will do the foundations (Phase 2a.) work will also do the proofing stack (Phase 2b.) work, for an additional $81,000.  This money buys us a total of nine decks, arranged in a stack of three single decks and a stack of three side-by-side (or “double”) decks.  These proofing stacks will be installed on the parking lot side, with the location to be determined based on the contractor’s recommendation.  We hope doing this proofing stack will lead to a price reduction since it will allow the builder to see precisely what the real fabrication and installation costs will be.

We will sign the contract for this work on Phase 2a. once it is approved by our attorneys and Snowshoe’s Architectural Review Committee.  Work on Phases 2a. and 2b. is planned to start June 1, 2021 with both the foundations and the proofing stacks planned for completion prior to the beginning of the upcoming winter season.

The MLUOA Board’s goal is to bring this project in at no more than $2.5 million, and we’re optimistic this can happen.  To pay for this, we have established an assessment schedule, as there is no bank financing available for this project.  We also have a limited amount of money we can pull out of our reserve fund, as this fund is being used as collateral for the loan on the cladding project.  The bank has agreed to allow us to pull $1 million out of the reserve fund.

Based on the need to pay the contractor in full on completion of the project in (as early as) October 2022, for the next 15 months starting in July 2021, monthly MLA statements will include an additional charge of $450 per month per deck.  Accordingly, MLA statements for condos featuring two decks (i.e., combined or St. Moritz floorplans) will pay $900 per month.  Owners may also choose to make a one-time payment upfront.  This plan is based on the project coming in at $2.5 million.  Once we have a firm bid for the fabrication and installation, this could adjust.  The MLUOA Board asked the ownership who attended the HOA meeting in March whether a one-time assessment or a payment plan was preferred.  Doing a payment plan was the preferred option.

Your MLUOA Board has been working overtime to get this accomplished under conditions where materials and labor are in such short supply.  We’re very excited to have found a builder that can get this started promptly and at a very reasonable price.

We will keep you updated with the newsletter, Facebook, and our website posts.

This is not the colors it will be – roofs will be red to match the rest of the building roofs and floors and privacy dividers are to be determined.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we take on the next phase of making the Mountain Lodge the best it can be.

Best Regards,

Peggy Mahler

President, MLUOA Board