This is an opportunity for Aspen to bring back vitality and best in class to a part of town that was just that, more than 60 years ago when Aspen emerged as the top ski resort in the country with the launch of Lift 1.

An opportunity for a neighborhood transformation

 

Top Photo: Aspen Historical Society

Aspen history

The Lift 1A neighborhood is where skiing on Aspen Mountain began more than 60 years ago, when Lift 1 was renowned longest lift in the world. This was the center of skiing and hospitality in Aspen – where generations of skiers enjoyed the energetic social atmosphere, with the now defunct Skiers Chalet, Holland House and others providing slopeside accommodations to skiers.

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SKI RACING in aspen

Lift 1 is where the 1950 World Championships took place, which put Aspen on the map for skiers around the world. Since then, more than 400 skiing competitions have taken place on this part of Aspen Mountain.

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"Ski in Aspen Colorado" posters designed by Herbert Bayer and produced by the Aspen Chamber of Commerce. The poster shows a ski area with two skiers (Hayden peak area) standing at the bottom of the poster. Photo: Aspen Historic Society

"Ski in Aspen Colorado" posters designed by Herbert Bayer and produced by the Aspen Chamber of Commerce. The poster shows a ski area with two skiers (Hayden peak area) standing at the bottom of the poster. Photo: Aspen Historic Society

Gorsuch Haus reawakens and invites a neighborhood transformation that will serve the community and serve as a world-class ski-racing venue for generations.

The project has an innovative and intriguing design that has been envisioned to embrace the mountain, welcome the community and bring back the magic to this part of town. 

The project satisfies the majority of the goals requested by the neighborhood as outlined in Lift 1 Neighborhood COWOP. 

This is a right-sized project for the neighborhood with an elegant entry point for neighbors and visitors.

 

 

Photos of HISTORIC LIFT1  

LifT 1a Neighborhood

This is an opportunity for Aspen to bring back vitality and best in class to a part of town that was just that, more than 60 years ago when Aspen emerged as the top ski resort in the country with the launch of Lift 1.

Members of the Aspen community and the Lift 1A neighborhood together with city officials met for hundreds of hours. The unanimous consensus of the group was that the Lift 1 neighborhood needed the following components:

  • A new high-speed lift to replace the 1972 fixed grip ski lift
  • A skier plaza
  • A Finish Area for World Cup and international ski competitions
  • Employee housing
  • Restaurant/public spaces for vibrancy
  • Hot beds to replace those lost