A new lift and hotel complex will soon be coming to Aspen Mountain Ski Resort. According to the Aspen Times, Norway Island LLC bought the land from the Aspen Skiing Co. for ten million dollars. Two hotels will be built on the site: The Lift One Lodge and the Gorsuch Haus. The eighty-one-room Gorsuch Haus will cost between $80 to $100 million dollars. While The Gorsuch Haus has been fully approved, the Lift One Lodge is clearing regulatory hurdles. Construction will have to wait until this final hotel is approved. The deed in the sale always Aspen to own and operate the new lift that will be part of the project. The new lift will be a telemix chondola: a mix of chairlifts and gondolas. The base terminal for the lift will be extended from its current location to Dean Street. Here was Aspen’s Skiing Co’s response when asked what the construction timeline will be for the lift:
“Still very much up in the air. That will depend on the construction timeline of each of the Lift One Lodge and Gorsuch Haus as well as the construction coordination plan that is ultimately set up. With that said, both projects have a five-year vesting timeline that has already commenced.”
In spite of this land buy, construction isn’t expected to begin anytime. Aspen hopes to begin construction in the Spring of 2023. Also on tap potentially for Aspen is the Pandora Expansion, but this still needs to approve by the Pitkin County Commissioners. That vote will come later in August.