Recently we completed phase 1 of the debris removal and clean up from the fire on October 10th, 2022 that destroyed the main lodge at Maplelag. Thanks to all of the large excavating crew members. We were very fortunate to have had such good weather which allowed us to get to this point. We also want to thank the crews for their flexibility so we could host the ski meets this ski season. In the spring/summer we will continue with phase 2 of the clean up.
All the debris was taken to four different sites where we salvaged and recycled as much as we could. The excavating, combined with the fire fighting expenses was something we were not prepared for.
We continue to have many conversations, processing thoughts and ideas as we search for clarity and direction on the next steps of Maplelag. The cost is something we have to deeply consider in our rebuilding process. We want to make it clear that we are not asking for any donations to move forward. Since day one, we have taken pride in being a family owned and operating resort with no outside ownership. With that said, we are very grateful and humbled by all of those that have given so generously.
Moving forward we want to be certain the decisions we make are the right ones for our health, well being and future success of Maplelag. To be honest and transparent, the fear of going through this again, is very real and something we are working through every day. As many of our family of guests would understand, the lodge was an extension of our home, business and everyday life. And that is gone. It has only been four months and we are not ready to make any decisions. We need to take our time, research, and rebuild ourselves before we commit to rebuilding a new lodge. We will continue to keep updating our website with the latest plans.
Last week, we hosted the Section 8 Nordic Ski Championships. This years section meet was extra special, as it gave us something to look forward to. We have forged many relationships with coaches, staff and volunteers that have been involved for decades. The Section 8 community is a very special one and we are grateful to be a part of it.