About Gorsauch Haus
About Gorsauch Haus
The Gorsuch Haus project has reawakened and invited a neighborhood transformation that will serve the community and create a world-class ski-racing venue for generations. The Lift 1 corridor is where the magic of skiing on Aspen Mountain all began. It is a legacy site that is being reimagined for the 21st century.
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.
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 that welcomes locals and visitors alike to Aspen’s original base area.
This is an opportunity for Aspen to bring back the original vitality to this part of town which, more than 60 years ago, helped us emerge as the top ski resort in the country. With the launch of Lift 1 (the world's longest chairlift) and as host of the 1950 World Championships, Aspen built its reputation. The relocation of Lift 1A close to the original site of Lift 1 and closer to town and the revitalization of the neighborhood with Gorsuch Haus and other additions and changes will help secure Aspen’s reputation for the next 50 years.
New Lift 1A
One of the long-anticipated public benefits of the Gorsuch Haus development will be the new Lift 1A, which will be constructed by Aspen Skiing Company. The new lift will move closer to the town core, near Dean Street and the original loading area of Lift 1. It will have a similar alignment to the present Lift1A, and unload next to Ruthie’s restaurant.
Located in Gorsuch Haus and 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 will be a right-sized boutique hotel with a total of 81 hotel rooms. Hotel amenities will include a World Cup après deck, a restaurant and bar with an outdoor dining terrace, a rooftop deck with pool and bar, a library area honoring Aspen’s skiing heritage, a spa and fitness center; a ski concierge and ski lockers; a Gorsuch retail shop, and flexible meeting space for community events and other social functions.
Parking and Employee Housing
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 fully satisfying the affordable housing obligations.
Transportation to Gorsuch Haus
Norway Island Partners are working with the City of Aspen transportation department on transit solutions that will make access from town to the hotel and restaurant easy for locals and visitors.
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.
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.