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Lift 1A hotel proposal draws a crowd in Aspen

It was standing room only at the Limelight Hotel, where the development team gave its pitch. GorsuchHaus would be built at the historic Lift 1A site. It's a two-acre parcel owned by the Aspen Skiing Company. The group Norway Island LLC has a contract to purchase the land and develop it, building a multi-level building with a 61-room hotel, restaurant and lift plaza. The plaza, near a new chair lift, would include a ticket office and a space for the local ski club. The building would be located along a ski run and would include 75,000 square feet of floor area. A parking garage would be located underneath the building.

The audience was lively and had questions about public transit to the site, whether extending the lift further down south Aspen Street was possible and how the design will fit with the historic nature of the area. In 1950, the FIS World Championships were held there. It’s been home to races ever since.

The development group expects to file an application with the City in the next few weeks.