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Resort turns storied bar and grill into employee housing





BIG SKY – Big Sky Resort is aiming to add 44 beds to their employee housing options by the time employee training starts in mid-November.

To do so, they’re remodeling a Mountain Village building that was formerly home to the Black Bear Bar and Grill.

“The interior was completely gutted,” said Brian Berry, human resources director at Big Sky Resort. “We’re almost starting from the ground up … it looks nothing like it did when the Black Bear was present.”

Once the remodel is complete, the building interior will look similar to other Big Sky Resort employee dorms like the Golden Eagle Lodge in Meadow Village and Mountain Lodge, Berry said. There will be 44 pillows in 20 rooms. Rental rates have not yet been identified.

Berry said the investment in employee housing is part of the resort’s 10-year vision known as “2025.” On Aug. 24, Stephen Kircher, president of Boyne Resorts’ eastern operations, said $12 million to $13 million has been invested across the mountain this summer. The $1.5 million housing project is part of the resort’s near-term upgrades and improvements.

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