One of the team leaders helping to build the new all-abilities ski lodge at Bottineau Winter Park says the volunteers who worked over the weekend accomplished more than he expected.
Charlie Vitchers says they did about 20% more than planned in building Annie's House.
But even with that, there's still lots of work to be done to get the lodge ready for skiers by this winter.
Ben Brosseau is a former manager at Bottineau Winter Park who was a key local volunteer this weekend, working with the "New York Says Thank You" group to make sure needed equipment was where it needed to be.
Brosseau says after an amazing effort by the hundreds of volunteers, it's now up to local people to finish the dream.
(Ben Brosseau, Bottineau Winter Park) "The plan is to keep people moving on this. It's going to be a lot of work enclosing the building and after that it's going to be a lot of interior work as the fall comes around. After that it's going to be building the kitchen, inventorying the rental show, and getting all the furniture ready to go on the inside so it's a lot of work ahead of us."
Brosseau says the finished product will be a unique ski lodge that's accessible to everyone - from wounded warriors to disabled kids and adults to skiers from across the region.