About Gorsauch Haus



About Gorsauch Haus




The Gorsuch Haus project reawakens and invites a neighborhood transformation that will serve the community and serve as a world-class ski-racing venue for generations. This is where the magic of skiing on Aspen Mountain started. It is a legacy site, which has been reimagined for the 21st century. This is an opportunity for Aspen to bring back the original vitality to this part of town which, more than 60 years ago, helped Aspen emerge as the top ski resort in the country with the launch of Lift 1 (the world's longest chairlift) as host of the 1950's World Championships.

Gorsuch Haus has been envisioned to embrace the mountain, welcome the community and bring back vitality to this part of town.  It is a right-sized project for the neighborhood with an elegant entry point for neighbors and visitors.

Norway Island, LLC are proposing to build a small hotel at a premier ski-in/ski-out site on Aspen Mountain and do it so that it fits this neighborhood, is congruent with Aspen and allows for the redevelopment of the skiing, the lift, and the neighborhood on the West Side of Aspen Mountain.


New Lift 1A

One of the long-anticipated public benefits of the Gorsuch Haus development will be the new Lift 1A, a high-speed quad lift which will be constructed by Aspen Skiing Company. The new chairlift will load at a similar elevation and with a similar alignment to the present Lift1A, and the terminus will be in the area of Ruthie’s restaurant.

Lift 1A Details

Ski Plaza & Skier Services

The Gorsuch Haus project will dramatically enhance the public arrival to Lift 1A. A traffic turnaround is programmed at the top of South Aspen Street, which will lead to a public ski plaza with skier services, restrooms and access to the new lift.  

Aspen Skiing Company offices

Included in the plan are offices for Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol and lift operations. 

Aspen Valley Ski Club space

In addition, the project includes an Aspen Valley Ski Club (AVSC) meeting room and storage, to facilitate AVSC’s young athletes training on Aspen Mountain.

Ski-in/Ski-Out Restaurant

Located in the high point of the property overlooking Aspen with sweeping views is a ski-in/ski-out restaurant designed to be a year-round community gathering place for breakfast, lunch, après, and dinner. Spacious decks will be the ideal spot for skiers to take a break from skiing, and celebrate the end of a ski day.

Gorsuch Haus

Gorsuch Haus will be a right-sized boutique hotel with a total of 81 keys comprised of hotel rooms and rentable lodging units. There will be 60 guestrooms and suites as well as seven for-sale restricted lodge units with lock offs (21 keys), which will be required to be in a rental program. 

Hotel amenities will include a living room/bar, small hotel spa, a rooftop pool with sauna/steam and fitness center; a ski rental/retail shop a library area honoring Aspen’s skiing heritage, a grab-and-go food service off the skier plaza, and flexible meeting space for community events, meetings, and other social functions

Employee Housing and Parking

From the beginning of designing this project, the Norway Island partners have maintained a goal that this project will not burden the community. They are fully mitigating the required parking obligations on site, and also fully satisfying the affordable housing obligations. 

Transportation to Gorsuch Haus and Lift 1A

Norway Island Partners are working with the City of Aspen transportation department on public and private transit solutions that will make access from town to the lift easy for locals and visitors. 


Gorsuch Haus Partners

Norway Island, LLC - Bryan Peterson and Jeff Gorsuch had the original vision for a new project at Lift 1A that would bring a a second renaissance for the west portal of Aspen Mountain. They formed Roch Partners and entered into an agreement to acquire the land from Aspen Skiing Company. For the past two years, they  have worked with a group of professional land planners, architects and designers as well as Aspen Skiing Company planners, to move their vision forward  In the summer of 2015, they brought in a development partner with the hospitality and development expertise to make their project a reality. Lowe Enterprises, represented by Jim DeFrancia, joined Peterson and Gorsuch to create Norway Island LLC.




Jeff Gorsuch has been working for his families’ iconic stores since 1998. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, Gorsuch skied on the Europa Cup circuit before returning to the family ski business. Aspen runs deep in his family, as his father first came to Aspen at age four and spent much of his youth racing in Aspen and won the Roch Cup Downhill in 1966. Jeff came to Aspen to run Gorsuch’s Aspen shops more than 25 years ago. He also has been the president of the Aspen Valley ski & Snowboard Club, on the board of Aspen Education Foundation and Aspen Community School. Jeff’s philanthropic focus is on kids, as he feels it has been an honor and a privilege to raise his kids in Aspen.

Bryan Peterson, a Colorado native, spent his early years racing and training in Aspen and raced and trained all over the world. He moved here to be the head coach for Aspen Valley Ski Club, after being a ski coach at University of Vermont, St. Lawrence University, and Crested Butte. Bryan continues to coach with the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. He has two adorable children in the AVSC kid's ski program.

Jim DeFrancia,  a principal of Lowe Enterprises, is a fourth-generation Coloradoan and 35+ year Aspen resident, traces his Aspen roots back to his great, great Grandfather who lived in Aspen in the 1880s and grew up visiting and skiing in Aspen. An active community member, DeFrancia has been president of Aspen Rotary, has sat  Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission and currently sits on the Historic Preservation Commission. He is also on the board of the Aspen Historical Society.





Planner & Landscape Architecture

Design Workshop Inc. / Principal Richard Shaw

Richard Shaw, FASLA, joined Design Workshop in 1976 after graduating with honors from Utah State University and earning his master’s from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. His work in both small-scale residential garden design and large-scale resort redevelopment, planning and design has garnered many awards and commendations. Richard has been the with Design Workshop’s Aspen office since x and has headed the office since x.


Lowe Enterprises, a national real estate development and hospitality management company engaged in residential, commercial and resort development activities, was originally established in Aspen with the development of the Gant condominium hotel. Recognized leaders in resort development, Lowe currently has $3 billion in projects under development.



4240 Architecture is a Colorado-based architecture firm which impacts a wide range of markets, including mixed-use urban infill, multi-family residential, commercial office, government, higher education and resort hospitality. 4240 is recognized for delivering inspired projects that spark the imagination and touch the souls of the users. 4240 is works collaboratively with clients to uncover a site specific, economically feasible, culturally sensitive design.


Interior Architect

Todd-Avery Lenahan, the founder of TAL-Studio, Todd-Avery Lenahan is regarded as one of the hospitality design industry’s most progressive thought leaders with a unique breadth and depth in the hospitality consulting industry. He has been commissioned by leading international hotel development & operating brands to conceive and direct design standards for their global hotel & resort portfolios. His work in hospitality & entertainment design has been recognized more than 30 times with the industry’s top awards and honors for outstanding achievement.