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Rebuilding 80 years of history in Stowe

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For the first time, we're getting a look at the rebuilding of the stone hut that burned last year on Mount Mansfield. The hope is that when construction is finished, the stone hut will resemble the way it was built more than 80 years ago. But it's in a tough spot, more than 3,000 feet up toward Vermont's tallest peak.

More than 80 years of history is on the road to restoration.

The roof is back on the famous stone hut that sits at 3,400 feet up Mount Mansfield with some of Vermont's best views.

"The walls of the structure are pretty much flawless," said Travis Cutler, Donald P. Blake Jr. Inc. 

Cutler is the project manager in charge of restoring the structure that accidentally went up in flames on Christmas Eve last year. 

"By the time we got up there, the building was pretty much fully involved," said Assistant Fire Chief Mark Walker, Stowe Fire Department.

The structure's walls remained intact but the inside was a total loss. The building was initially a warming hut for skiers. But then became a place for skiers and hikers to overnight on the mountain. 

An investigation revealed the kids of Jake and Donna Carpenter, founders of Burton Snowboards, were renting at the time and left wet wood to dry near a burning stove.

The charred remains and debris are gone. And rebuilding at 3,400 feet is challenging.

"We have to actually carry or crane everything to the sight the last 60 feet or so," said Cutler. 

Construction workers cannot use the toll road between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. It's open for tourists during those hours.

"We're at 3,400 feet in elevation, so weather is a concern," said Cutler.

Cutler says his team is rebuilding the structure to mirror the 1934 design as closely as possible. 

The hope: to have it open by December 1.

While crews hope to reopen the hut by December 1. They're not taking reservations yet because weather and a number of other factors could potentially delay the project.

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