Dartmouth College to dedicate new Moosilauke Ravine Lodge on Saturday

By JOHN KOZIOL
Union Leader Correspondent
October 11. 2017 11:45PM
Incorporating elements of its 78-year-old predecessor as well as the latest sustainable technologies, the new Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, will be dedicated during a 10 a.m. ceremony on Saturday. (John Koziol/Union Leader Correspondent)

WARREN — The Moosilauke Ravine Lodge has been rebuilt as part of a multi-million dollar project that will be celebrated during a dedication ceremony on Saturday.

Owned and operated by Dartmouth College, but open to the public, the lodge is part of a cabin complex at the base of the 4,802-foot Mount Moosilauke which also includes bunkhouses.

The Ravine Lodge originally opened in 1939 to serve competitive and recreational skiers, but over time it has become a favorite stop for hikers.

Dan Nelson, director of Dartmouth Outdoor Programs, said the $17 million for construction and an endowment for future maintenance was all raised through donations.

The new lodge sits on the footprint of its predecessor, but is slightly larger at about 11,000 square feet.

In addition to being visually stunning, Nelson said, the new lodge is “an extraordinarily energy-efficient and sustainable building” with “lots of attention to prevent air infiltration.”

The lodge wil be heated by an air-source heat pump rather than fossil fuels, he said.

Solar panels were installed to offset electrical use on the existing Class of 1965 bunkhouse and on the Class of 1978 bunkhouse, which is being built now.

The timber used in the lodge comes from both New Hampshire and Vermont, he said, and the lodge features “lots of timbers with interesting shapes and curves.”

Nelson said the new lodge will be open from April through November.

The dedication is Saturday at 10 a.m., with tours immediately afterword until 12:30 p.m.

jkoziol@newstote.com


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