The Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods is investing millions in new projects, including a 69-room expansion, a new high-speed gondola and a new mountaintop event center.
The state’s largest ski area broke ground in September on a 60,000-square-foot, four-story addition to the Presidential Wing that will add rooms and suites with private balconies, soaking tubs and mountain views to its existing 200 rooms. “It’s like a boutique hotel within the hotel itself,” says Craig Clemmer, director of sales and marketing for the hotel.
The $20 million project includes a guest lounge and a poolside grill. PC Construction, a Vermont firm with an office in Bedford, is building the addition, upgrading the conference center’s kitchen and adding roof improvements that will feature a rooftop bar and patio.
Set to be completed by early 2021, this expansion is the first major project since the Presidential Wing Spa and Conference Center opened in 2008. And it’s only the third major development since 1902.
The resort also debuted the state’s first eight-passenger gondola for this ski season. The gondola travels at 1,200 feet per minute and delivers guests from the base to the top of the mountain in less than five minutes. Clemmer attributes the record crowds over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend to the new gondola.
The Omni Mount Washington is also building a 16,000-square-foot, on-mountain dining and event venue that is expected to open this summer. The event center will be on the second story of the facility and will accommodate up to 220 guests. An adjacent patio will offer mountain views. During winter, the event area will double as a secondary lounge for skiers when not in use for events and weddings.
The first floor will feature a coffee shop, bar and bistro, with seating for 75 inside and 54 outside.
Clemmer says the resort employs 1,200 at the peak of winter and between the gondola, hotel addition and event center, he expects to add several hundred jobs, including seasonal positions. Asked if he has concerns about finding employees, Clemmer says the hotel is part of the larger Omni family of companies and employees advance their careers at myriad locations.
He says the Bretton Woods Culinary Academy also helps to attract those just launching their careers. For more information, visit omnihotels.com/mountwashington.