Guest Column: Please vote yes and bring the magic back to Lift 1

Imagine walking through town toward Willoughby Park and the new Lift 1A, skis in hand, ski boots on your feet. It’s just a few steps from Dean Street to the lift.  

To your left is the historic Skiers Chalet Lodge, completely refurbished and home to a ski history museum and skier services. On your right — reflecting both the sun and a defining period in Aspen’s history — the bullwheel, tower and chairs of the original Lift 1.

A new high-speed lift takes you up the mountain past the restored Skiers Chalet Steakhouse, now a vibrant restaurant and bar, and two new lodges, Lift One Lodge and Gorsuch Haus. Below you, members of the Aspen Valley Ski Club and Aspen Skiing Co. employees are preparing for a World Cup race down Strawpile. In a few short minutes you are at the top, deciding whether to ride up the Ruthie’s lift or ski down Corkscrew or Magnifico.

For decades this scene has been an impossible dream for Aspen. Now it can become a reality with your support. Read more here.

Sarah-Jane Johnson