The enormous logs in the Great Room are from beetle-killed spruce trees from the Ninilchik area. Throughout the lodge, the trim is crafted using birch from Trapper Creek. In the Great Room, the ceiling is constructed using knotty pine. The railing from the main lobby to the third floor is white spruce from the Matanuska Valley.
Phase One was completed in May of 1999. At that time, the lodge opened with 98 deluxe rooms, a full-service restaurant and lounge, shuttle service, hot tub and tour desk. Phase Two was completed in May of 2001, bringing the total room count up to 200. An outdoor pavilion, expanded restaurant, more conference space, an elevator and more public seating areas were also completed by May of 2001.