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Lift 1A

Aspen City staff is recommending approval for a new 1A ski-lift terminal near Dean Street.

This week, The U.S. Forest Service accepted Aspen Skiing Company’s ideas for the future of Aspen Mountain.The plans include new terrain, expanded snowmaking, and more summer trails. This news comes as we learn that skier visits are down, not just in Aspen, but across the state. Snowmass Town Council is still grappling with questions about Base Village, and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails works on local food production.

Currently, three options have been laid out for building a new chairlift on the west side of Aspen Mountain.

This week, the Colorado Department of Transportation announced its plans to reopen the Grand Avenue Bridge earlier than expected. On Tues. Nov. 7, ballots for the 2017 election are due. Aspen voters will decide on a tobacco tax and how the city will buy land in Woody Creek. Garfield County’s voters will decide whether or not to fund the county’s historical societies. And, on Monday, Aspen held an open house for the public to learn about the different options for replacing Lift 1A on Aspen Mountain.

Community development director Jessica Garrow said Monday is the initial step in what may be a long process to determine the best way to update the lift.

This week, a local immigration rights activist took sanctuary in a Carbondale church. There’s a freeze on some land-use applications in the mid-valley, and a long-debated Aspen project is sneaking back into the picture. The doors are still closed at Justice Snow's, an Aspen restaurant, while city council discusses its fate. And Coloradans are expecting to pay much more for health care next year.

 

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Aspen Skiing Co. officials are working on a new master plan for Aspen Mountain. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has been reporting on how that document might shape the ski area for the next two decades, and she sat down with Aspen Public Radio producer Christin Kay to talk about plans for a new 1A lift and reopening of Ruthie’s Restaurant.

   

Gorsuch Haus

Gorsuch Haus is a proposed 60-room lodge at the base of Lift 1A on Aspen Mountain. In September, the Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission voted 6-0 to advise City Council to deny approval. Since then, the developers have made some changes to the size and scale of the project.

Valley Roundup for Morning Edition, June 17, 2016

Jun 17, 2016

The International Ski Federation gave its blessing earlier this week that the west side of Aspen Mountain will be the site of the mens and womens world cup ski finals. Joining Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason for Valley Roundup are Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News, Lorenzo Semple, columnist for the Aspen Daily News and Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent.

Ski season comes to a close

Apr 18, 2016
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Skiers and snowboarders said goodbye to Aspen Mountain yesterday for the 2015/2016 season.

Gorsuch Haus project review to begin in July

Apr 13, 2016
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The plans for a new hotel at the bottom of Aspen Mountain will get their first public review this summer. Developers of the Gorsuch Haus hope to build just over 60,000 square feet and put nearly all of their required affordable housing off site. Carolyn Sackariason reports.

The land use application for the project was deemed complete by the city of Aspen two weeks ago. Jim DeFrancia is one of the developers behind the project. He met with city staff yesterday and was told public hearings will likely begin in July.

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The developers behind a lodge project at the base of Aspen Mountain plan to file an application with the City of Aspen this month. The mixed-use hotel near Lift 1A received support from the public at an open house in early December. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

About 200 people squeezed into a conference room at the Limelight Hotel in Aspen on December 3rd. Members of the group Norway Island Partners gave their pitch.

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It was standing room only at the Limelight Hotel, where the development team gave its pitch. Gorsuch Haus 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.

Aspen Journalism

Pitkin County is drawing up comments for the Forest Service on a proposed replacement of Lift 1A on Aspen Mountain. 

Aspen Journalism

The Aspen Skiing Company is getting a jump on a plan to replace an aging ski lift in case an update is possible before a major competition is held on one of its ski areas. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explains.