Dollar Cabin reduced to rubble
New lodge planned for site
By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer
Dollar Cabin, the small Sun Valley Resort
day lodge that hosted thousands of ski outings on Dollar Mountain, was razed
The project came with little fanfare
Saturday, May 1., after Sun Valley Co. ordered the aging structure be removed to
make room for a proposed new day lodge on the site.
Excavator Beau Burks uses a backhoe
to dismantle Dollar Cabin, the small day lodge at the base of Dollar Mountain in
Sun Valley, to make way for a new lodge. Express photo by Willy Cook
Sun Valley Co. had originally planned to
allow the Sun Valley Fire Department to burn the cabin as part of a training
exercise, but those plans were eventually abandoned.
Dollar Cabin has a substantial, but
somewhat obscure, history.
Sun Valley Co. spokeswoman Shannon Besoyan
this week said the building dates back to at least 1950, but conceded that
details on the history of the building have been hard to obtain.
The cabin, she said, was likely formed by
joining two pre-existing structures, a small cabin on the summit of Dollar
Mountain and a structure called the "Pine Chalet," which had been located in Sun
Sun Valley Co. officials last month
requested approval from the city of Sun Valley for construction of an elaborate,
two-level mountain lodge on the Dollar Cabin site, along Elkhorn Road.
As proposed, the new lodge would comprise
approximately 24,000 square feet of floor area, with most of the facilities
located on the 15,000-square-foot main level.
The lodge is designed to include a
cafeteria-style restaurant on the north end, a ski-rental business, daycare
facility and ski-school office in the center, and an exclusive childrens’ ski
and snowboard school on the south end.
The lower level of the structure would
include offices, a ski tuning facility and lockers.
A 199-stall parking area is proposed to be
maintained to the north of the new lodge. A terrace would be built on the west
side, facing Dollar Mountain.
The new lodge has been proposed as part of
a Sun Valley Co. 50-year master development plan to build new housing, lodging
and amenities in Sun Valley and at the base of Bald Mountain, west of Ketchum.
Dollar Cabin was located entirely in the
city’s Service Commercial zoning district. Because the new structure would
encroach into the city’s Outdoor-Recreation zoning district—which does not
permit restaurants or lodges—it will require city approval of a conditional use
The Sun Valley Planning and Zoning
Commission is scheduled to review the proposed building design and associated
conditional-use permit application on Tuesday, May 11, at 9 a.m. in Sun Valley