Fact Sheet

Participants in creating the plan —

Aspen Skiing Company, Gorsuch Haus, Lift One Lodge, City of Aspen, Dolinsek family and Aspen Valley Land Trust, Aspen Historical Society


Public Process and Outreach —

·       12 public information events, with more planned

·       12+ public hearings

·       Unanimous recommendations for approval by Planning & Zoning Commission and Historic Preservation Commission. 5-1 vote in favor by Parks & Open Space Board

·       City Council sent the Lift One Corridor Plan to voters on 3-2 vote following five public hearings


Lodges —

·       Gorsuch Haus will have 81 hotel rooms and four whole-ownership condominiums

·       Gorsuch Haus has extinguished future development on its remaining property at the base area, unless voters approve that future development. This was at the request of City Council

·       Lift One Lodge will have 34 fractional ownership condominiums and six whole-ownership condominiums

·       Lift One Lodge will be open for rental on a nightly basis to the general public, with up to 104 keys available for nightly rental.

·       Total addition to lodging bed base: 185 rooms

·       Both lodges are planning to have restaurants and bars that are open to the public

·       Affordable housing fully meets code

·       Affordable housing requirements before lodges open for business: 67.3 FTEs (21.68 for Gorsuch Haus, 45.62 for Lift One Lodge)


Cost Sharing —

·       $4.36 million City contribution for public assets, Skiers Chalet Lodge relocation and remodeling and Dean Street improvements

·       City contribution is capped at that amount. Any cost overruns will be borne by the developers.

·       Cost sharing contribution will not be paid until the lift is installed and in working condition. Lift One Lodge is responsible for infrastructure and Aspen Skiing Co. is in charge of building lift


Historic Preservation —

·       Historic Lift 1 bullwheel, tower and chairs to fully restored with informational signage. Will be moved down the hill but remain in historic alignment

·       Skiers Chalet Steakhouse will be moved down the hill and reopened as a restaurant right next to the skier plaza and loading area for the new lift

·       Skiers Chalet Lodge will be preserved, relocated to city-owned land on Dean Street and refurbished for use as a Ski History Museum and Skier Services.

·       Aspen Historical Society will at no cost take ownership of the Skiers Chalet Lodge building from Lift One Lodge


Skiing —

·       Lift 1A will be moved 500 feet down the hill and load at the same location that Lift 1 loaded from 1946-71.

·       Aspen will be able to host international and national skiing events, such as World Cup and NorAm races

·       A 60-foot skiway will allow return skiing to the bottom of the hill

·       Skier services and patrol will be located in the first floor of the Skiers Chalet Lodge

Other Public Benefits —

·       Ski corridor will become a public access right-of-way for year round use and access to Aspen Mountain.

·       Willoughby Park, Lift One Park and Dolinsek Gardens will combine to create an open space area approximately the size of Wagner Park

·       Aspen Ski History Museum will occupy the Skiers Chalet Building, with a patio on the uphill side for a possible cafe and outdoor events

·       50 public, city-owned parking spaces will be provided in the Lift One Lodge garage.

·       Bicycle racks/storage will also be provided in the garage.

·       Public lockers with benches to change shoes