View from Shadow Mountain

Lift One Corridor Project: 

After a year-long process working with SE Group, a ski lift consultant group, a preferred option for relocating Lift 1A has been identified.  With direction from City Council to move forward with the proposal to bring the lift down to Dean Street, City Staff is working with project teams from the Gorsuch Haus and Lift One Lodge, Aspen Ski Company, and Aspen Historical Society to create a re-imagined west portal to Aspen Mountain.
Celebrating the origins of skiing in Aspen, this project will incorporate elements of the Historic Lift 1, a relocated Skiers’ Chalet and steakhouse, and a newly designed Willoughby Park that would incorporate the new lift station.
Because of the issues related to this potential development, Aspen voters will make the final decision on the Lift One Corridor in a special election tentatively scheduled for February of 2019.
Prior to the election, the Historic Preservation Commission, Planning and Zoning Commission, Open Space and Trails Board, and APCHA will be making recommendations regarding specific aspects of the project to Aspen City Council.

Important Upcoming Dates:

Planning and Zoning Commission

Regular Meeting
Tuesday, June 19th
4:30 pm
Sister Cities Room
City Hall Basement
Historic Preservation Commission
Work Session
Wednesday, June 20th
4:30 pm
Council Chambers
City Hall Basement
Open Space and Trails Board
Regular Meeting
Thursday, June 21st
5:00 pm
Sister Cities Room
City Hall Basement

At each of these meetings, the individual commissions will have opportunity to make initial comments in response to future use, site planning and conceptual design for Willoughby Park – as it relates to the proposed relocation of Lift 1A and the adjacent Lift One Lodge and Gorsuch Haus projects.  No formal decisions will be made at these meetings, but the commissions will provide comment and direction to the Applicants as the Lift One Corridor Project moves forward.
If you have questions, please contact Ben Anderson, Planner with the City of Aspen’s Community Development Department.  970.429.2765,

Historic Building Collage

Historic Preservation Committee (HPC) Awards

On May 29, 2018 the City of Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission presented its annual awards. This year HPC honored three projects; the careful restoration and expansion of Victorian era homes at 110 E. Bleeker Street and 229 W. Smuggler Avenue, and the voluntary AspenModern landmark designation and addition to 211/215 E. Hallam Street. The HPC also honored the Aspen Historical Society for their archives building remodel and the career of Harry Teague whose preservation work and new design contributions continue to enrich Aspen’s built environment.
“Aspen HPC values the community minded preservation contributions these projects and individuals have made to the city,” said Amy Simon, City of Aspen Historic Preservation Officer. 

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