How a New Fabric Building Can Benefit Your Ski Resort

With winter weather approaching, it’s time to plan ahead and get your cabins and ski resort facilities ready for guests. 

While the traditional image that comes to mind when thinking of a ski lodge is a toasty log cabin nestled among trees, that shelter system is as antiquated as the wooden slats people first used as skis. Drafty, difficult to maintain, and devoid of longevity, log cabins are expensive examples of a bygone era.

Ski resort owners and operators looking for a more economical and high-tech shelter solution have been flocking to fabric buildings to replace old ski lodges and ski facilities, and it’s no surprise why. 

Rather than building a permanent structure on your property, consider implementing a high-quality fabric structure from WeatherPort® Shelter Systems. Here are a few benefits of adding a tensioned-fabric building to your ski resort.

High Portability

If you operate a year-round resort, your needs obviously change once the snow melts. Why mar your resort’s appearance with unused buildings? 

Taking down and relocating tensioned membrane structures to storage or using them for other purposes is quick and easy. Depending on the model, fabric structures can be used as event tents, pavilions, equipment storage units, or dozens of other applications.

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Durability and Reliability

Unlike cheap canvas pop-ups or flimsy modular imitators, WeatherPort fabric buildings are engineered to withstand extreme snow and wind loads. Our structures are also independently tested and certified to ensure they meet building code and our own high standards of safety and quality. 

Additionally, with minimal regular maintenance and proper care, your fabric structure will have the longevity needed for permanent applications and year-round use.

Ability to Deploy Anywhere

Fabric structures have the ability to be deployed on nearly any surface — including snowpack. 

A fantastic alternative to wood or metal buildings, setup is easy and strike times are short. Each building comes with its own small cube storage design built-in, making it easy to store away once the warm weather comes back in the spring.

Each WeatherPort ski resort solution can be further outfitted with optional design elements such as additional insulation, HVAC and electrical systems, as well as the ability to safely use traditional heating methods such as oil, electrical, and wood stoves. 

Plus, adding onto your existing structure is easy, negating the need to purchase a larger facility when special events or increased attendance drive expansion.

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Cost Savings

Stratton Mountain Resort skiers and buildings in snow

Did you know that a fabric warming hut, rental shop, or ski lodge can actually save you money in the long run? 

It’s not cheap to run a ski resort, as reports have shown

Fabric building solutions provide much-needed energy savings during ski season. Switching to a fabric building system equipped with proprietary insulation, an energy-efficient heating solution, and insulated windows can save hundreds of dollars in heating expenses.

Looking to further insulate and protect your fabric building? Added insulation systems will keep generated air in and bitter cold air out. WeatherPort buildings can be insulated to any R-value without utilizing a significantly increased volume of material compared to other fabric building or fiberglass systems.

Versatility and Functionality

ski resort fabric structure popups with skiers
WeatherPort Pop-Up Retail Shops are great additions to any ski resort.

Just because you use your fabric building during the winter doesn’t mean it should go back to storage with the rest of your gear. 

Thanks to WeatherPort’s small cube storage design and ease of installation, repurposing your facilities for summer events, recreational activities, and even exhibitions is possible and easy to do.

Should your needs change mid-season and you need to use your WeatherPort building for another purpose, our building representatives can walk you through the process to ensure the needs of your organization and your customers are met in full. Adding an electrical system or expanding an entryway are possible — oftentimes without involving a specialist at all.

[Related: Strategies for Off-Season Ski Resort Upgrades and Renovations]

Try WeatherPort for Your Ski Lodge Solution

If your structures need replacement or you’re trying to upgrade your resort with more interior space, WeatherPort tensile structures are the perfect solution. 

We have warming huts equipped with insulation, HVAC, and electrical systems, huge fabric ski lodges that are much easier to install than a traditional building, rental shops that are easy to move to different locations, starting gates for your slope’s races, and even coverings for snow groomers.

Our other tents and structures have applications for ski resorts as well. Our canopies can provide shade for an outdoor event or covering for snowmobiles. If you’re looking for a mobile kitchen, our WeatherPort dining facilities can handle large-scale food preparation and dining requirements. We also have options available for disaster recovery areas, ice fishing camps, and cold-weather glamping with our beautiful WeatherPort yurts.

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WeatherPort designs all of its structures to be the best in the world and we have the experience to back that up. For more than 50 years, we’ve been building structures that withstand the toughest environments. Our clients and customers rely on WeatherPort for its reliability and portability, which means we’ve seen WeatherPort structures in every corner of the globe.

When you’re ready to upgrade your mountain ski resort, rely on WeatherPort to meet your every need. Chances are that we’ve got a solution, no matter your intended use. Call us today at +1-970-399-5909, email us at, or contact us using this form.

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