Moosilauke Ravine Lodge

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The Moosilauke Ravine Lodge was raised up in the late 1930s to serve some of the nation’s earliest competitive skiing. The facility sits in the bottom of Jobildunc Ravine on Mount Moosilauke, and is accessible via a dirt access road from Route 118.

Moosilauke Ravine Lodge during First-Year Trips

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Mission

The Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, the largest log building in New Hampshire, is one of Dartmouth's distinguishing features. As the culminating experience of DOC Trips, it is the gateway to the college for most of Dartmouth's new students; it imbues in them a sense of Dartmouth's wilderness roots. That lesson is strengthened by programs and hospitality that return members of the college family to the Lodge for retreat, leisure, learning and a sense of belonging in the wild. Through these opportunities for experience in the out-of-doors, the Lodge supports the academic and student life missions of the College.

Events

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Dinner

Dinner is served each night at 6:30pm. Dinners are family style, and cooked each evening by a member of the Ravine Lodge staff. The crew members rotate responsibility for cooking each evening, but the food is always good and in large portions!

Location

According to Google Maps, the location of the lodge is (43.9932, -71.8159).

Goals

  • Academic Enhancement: to serve as a field location for College coursework.
  • Environmental Education: to encourage appreciation and study of the out-of-doors, among Dartmouth students, members of the Dartmouth family and the greater community.
  • Experiential/Skill Education: to encourage development of student skills, leadership, volunteerism and a sense of shared ownership through educational programs, work opportunities, and the expansion of leisure time possibilities.
  • Financial: To generate revenue in excess of annual expenses, thereby contributing to the overall support of the Outdoor Programs Office.
  • Hospitality: to provide food, comfortable lodging and program space for those using Dartmouth's Moosilauke property.
  • Loyalty/Ambience/Home-ness: to strengthen the connection of student and alumni/ae to the College and Outdoor programs.
  • Stewardship: to serve as a base for the stewardship of Dartmouth's Moosilauke lands through resource protection, trails maintenance and to support local and state safety and rescue units.

Current Objectives (partial list)

Academic Enhancement: - develop a variety of opportunities for academic use of the Lodge, through special classes, field trips, retreats, theme days. - work directly with key faculty members to encourage their use of the Lodge. Environmental Education: - Develop displays, brochures, guided walks, etc to make access to educational opportunities more available to casual visitors. - Encourage research through the development of research history and as a source for room and meals on the mountain.

Experiential/Skills Education: - Develop a regular cycle of first aid and other outdoor skills workshops. - Use student labor whereever possible in facility maintenance and management to encourage skill development.

Financial: - Enhance connections to current guests through a newsletter. - Advertise to fill Lodge to the given limits. - Develop contract/program use of the Lodge in summer to boost mid-week traffic. - Create incentives for organizers of large groups. - Actively recruit local summer camp use of facility.

Hospitality: - Enhance usefulness of Lodge for conference/retreat use through kitchen soundproofing and the creation of a separate conference facility in main building through completion of proposed Leich-Lougee Lounge, with better lighting and soundproofing of that new room. - Enhance usefulness and comfort of Lodge area for late fall and winter use through improvement of the Lodge heat system (for fall use) and the winterization of Benton Bunkhouse for caretaker based off-season use. Loyalty/Ambience: - preserve the character of the lodge experience; limit Lodge multiple-party use to 24 guests Sun-Thurs, 60 Friday, 75 Saturday; close lodge food service operations on Wednesday (with limited program exceptions) to allow for building maintenance, crew R&R. - develop a volunteer pool of 18 trail adopters included in a total of about 40 committed diehards plus 100+ others to help with lodge and trails maintenance; encourage Friends of DOC to adopt programs as special projects; develop further incentive/reward systems especially for trails maintenance.

Stewardship: - develop a land planning policy to guide decisions on facilities, trails, the watershed. - allow public use of the lodge and encourage participation in Lodge programs by its neighbors; continue special functions for local historical society and expand to other groupings as opportunity permits. - raise the trail network to the Upper Gorge Brook standard of maintenance. - on completion of trail maintenance objectives consider expansion of trail network for skiing consistent with preservation of the tract. - make provision of a well-stocked rescue room at Lodge a permanent facility requirement; train crew members in safety/rescue procedures through hiring requirements, safety training on the job, and scenario practice.

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