Big Sky Resort has announced plans for a $13 million expansion and upgrade of the Mountain Mall, located in the Mountain Village, which will open in time for next ski season.

On the upper level, a new food hall will replace the Lone Peak Cafe. It will have more than twice the number of seats as the current area and will have new food options. The food hall will connect to a new outdoor deck with 268 seats and an outdoor fireplace and views of Lone Mountain.

The common area near the food hall will be renovated to accommodate more than 750 people and could be used as a private event space, Big Sky spokeswoman Stacie Mesuda said.

Big Sky is expanding the bathrooms on the mid-level, which is primarily retail space.

On the ground floor, Big Sky is building new complimentary day-use cubbies, lockers for guests and staff, a changing area and larger bathrooms.

There also will be a new elevator that will connect skiers arriving at the 15-minute drop-off zone to the slopes, while also providing guests with access to the rest of the building.

In addition to the renovations, this summer, Big Sky is adding 250 new parking spaces in the Mountain Village and is constructing housing for 75 seasonal workers, Mesuda said.

The upgrades to Mountain Mall — which will be renamed once the project is complete — are part of the Big Sky 2025 campaign, a 10-year strategy for the ski area, which began in 2016. So far, Big Sky has upgraded a handful of chairlifts, built staff housing and opened a new mountain-top restaurant, Everett’s 8800.

After completing the food hall, Big Sky has several projects in the works, including remodels of the Summit Hotel and Huntley Lodge and construction of a 10-person gondola, but no definitive timeline for their completion.

Perrin Stein can be reached at 406-582-2648 or at pstein@dailychronicle.com. Follow her on Twitter @PerrinStein.

Perrin Stein is the county, state and federal government reporter for the Chronicle.

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