Hogadon

The new lodge at Hogadon Basin Ski Area, pictured in August, is now complete and could open as soon as Dec. 15.

Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune

Gourmands hoping for a sneak peak of tasty eats to be offered at Hogadon Basin Ski Area’s new lodge can head over to the facility Saturday for a complimentary tasting.

Casper leaders selected Spectra Venue Management to run the city-owned facility’s dining services last month, and the company is offering an open house from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to Director of Food and Services Tim Hammerschmitt.

“We are honored to be selected and we look forward to serving the city of Casper,” he added.

Spectra will be operating the lodge’s indoor café and bar and running an outdoor grab-and-go food court, said Hammerschmitt. The café will offer casual dining options, such as soups, salads and chili, while the outdoor area will have quick eats, like pizza and sandwiches.

Both Hammerschmitt and the lodge’s executive chef Richard White Eagle will be on hand during the event to answer any questions about the menu.

Spectra Venue Management was a natural choice to operate the lodge’s dining services, according to Dan Coryell, the parks manager for Casper.

“They already have a relationship with the city,” he said, explaining that the company currently runs the Casper Events Center on the city’s behalf.

Spectra will also be contributing about $50,000 of dining equipment to the lodge, said Coryell.

The city is hoping to open the lodge on Dec. 15, he added.

City Council opted to build a new ski lodge in order to address various complaints about the former facility.

Skiers and snowboarders used to complain about a variety of issues at the old lodge: The building wasn’t handicapped-accessible, there weren’t enough bathrooms and purchasing ski passes and rental equipment involved going to separate locations.

But the new two-story facility features multiple bathrooms, an elevator that makes the building compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and enough space to allow ski passes and rentals to be purchased in the same place.

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To observant readers surprised to see this notebook run on a Saturday, let me explain. Casper city notebook previously ran on Mondays, but has now switched to Saturdays.

State politics reporter Arno Rosenfeld’s 307 Politics newsletter, launched online last month, will be running on Mondays. Be sure to check it out.

Katie King covers the city of Casper.

Katie King covers the city of Casper.

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Katie King joined the Star-Tribune in 2017 and primarily covers issues related to local government. She previously worked as a crime reporter in the British Virgin Islands. Originally from Virginia, Katie is a graduate of James Madison University.

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