In the last few weeks, countless yards of concrete have been poured and hundreds of cinder blocks have been set for the new chalet, with many more to go. However, the location of several key amenities at the new Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area chalet are starting to be recognizable.
Future location of 280 of our 360 seasonal rental lockers:
Ski Patrol building:
Retail Shop and Tune Shop Location
Future location of Ticket Windows, Guest Services, Snowsports Academy, and staff offices
Foundation for upper level:
Look for more updates soon as plans for the upcoming season are finalized, as well as more updates on the new chalet!
There has been much progress made over the last few weeks, and the new Hyland chalet is really beginning to take shape. Much of the exterior of the new ski patrol building has been formed, poured, and is now curing.
The exteriors of the ski patrol building and parts of the main chalet feature a technique called “board form concrete”. Concrete is poured into a form made of wooden boards. After the concrete has time to cure, the form is removed, leaving behind an imprint of the wood’s grain. The Hyland project is using cedar boards, noted for their distinctive grain pattern as seen below.
After years of planning, months of preparation, and weeks of demolition and site prep, construction of the new Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area chalet is really beginning to take shape. Permits have been secured from the City of Bloomington, grading work is well underway, and footings for the new ski patrol building have been poured.
The Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area chalet, which stood for 40 years and served millions of skiers and snowboarders over the decades, was demolished today. There is much more work to be done to prep the site for construction of the new chalet, including concrete, foundation and parking lot removal. We are excited to get the rebuilding process started, and will post updates on a more regular basis now that work has started.
Since the Hyland has closed for the season, Hyland staff and contractors have spent many hours removing, salvaging, recycling, and storing everything possible from the chalet before demolition could begin. Today, April 21, the Tune Shop and Rental Building were successfully demolished. The Main Chalet is next!
The Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners approved the overall budget of $14,970,000 for the demolition and reconstruction of the Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area Chalet and transportation upgrades at their regular board meeting on March 20, 2014. The chalet is in the process of being packed and cleared out before demolition begins soon. Here are a couple photos of the progress so far: