By a slim margin of 26 votes out of more than 3,000 cast, Aspen residents approved a multi-million-dollar development in its base area.
Called Lift One Project, some 320,000 square feet of multi-purpose space will sit at the bottom of the venerable single chair Lift 1A at Aspen Mountain – the successor to Lift 1 that was the first lift built at Aspen and a symbol of the rich skiing history at the Colorado mountain.
According to the architects, the project is “traditions reimagined – an intimate ski lodge reminiscent of classic Alpine ski lodges, and a world-class restaurant and après-ski gathering spot overlooking the mountain, an atmospheric locale where visitors and locals can create memories and traditions for the next 60 years.”
The project, which developers said wouldn't break ground until two years hence due to design and permitting, will include 41 timeshare units in the Lift One Lodge, and a luxury 81-room hotel named Gorsuch Haus. Surrounding the residencies will be bars, restaurants, skier service offices, an underground parking garage and ski museum.
Part of the project will be the relocation of terminal of Lift 1A aka Shadow Mountain lift, farther down the mountain. The lift generally follows the path of the original Lift 1, which was built for the 1950 World Downhill Championships and, for a period of time, was the longest lift in America.
The much-debated Lift One Project will be the first redevelopment at the base area of the mountain in some time. Development required a partnership between the City of Aspen, Aspen Ski Corp. and developers Gorsuch Haus.