Lift One Lodge submits final approval package to city

The mixed-use Lift One Lodge, located at the original Lift One base of Aspen Mountain, will bring accommodation and supporting services and amenities to the Lift One corridor.

HayMax Capital has submitted an application for Detailed Final Approval to the city of Aspen for the ski-in/ ski-out resort and residences known as Lift One Lodge and the redevelopment of the surrounding area.

“Throughout the public process we consistently heard from community members that the livelier the new base area is, the better it will be for Aspen. Those conversations informed our decision to include 52 hotel rooms in our design and reduce the number of fractional residences. We look forward to more constructive discussions as we continue progressing this project,” said Michael Brown, co-founder of HayMax Capital.

The mixed-use Lift One Lodge, located at the original Lift One base of Aspen Mountain, will bring accommodation and supporting services and amenities to the Lift One corridor.

It will feature a 52-room luxury hotel, 11 fractional residence units available in three-, four- and five-bedroom configurations, six whole-ownership residences, multiple food and beverage venues, spa and fitness facilities, full-service rooftop lounge and pool, as well as enhancements to the surrounding area for the year-round benefit of the local community and visitors.

Area enhancements include a new gondola base at Dean Street, 500 feet closer to town than the existing Lift 1A, eliminating the sometimes icy walk up South Aspen Street, 2 acres of park, public lockers, the revitalization of historical buildings and improvements to Dean Street.

Since residents of Aspen voted in favor of the redevelopment in March 2019, the team has been working on the project. In addition to preparing the now submitted application package for the city of Aspen, in recent months, the team was successful in getting approval from the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board for the new lift terminal location at Dean Street.

Plans for the new Lift One base area include Aspen Skiing Co.’s new Telemix lift with both gondola cars and chairs to facilitate access up Aspen Mountain for both skiers and nonskiers, the refurbishment of the historic Lift One bullwheel and towers, the restoration of the Skier’s Chalet Lodge for skier services, public lockers and restrooms, 50 underground public parking spaces, bicycle storage, the Aspen Ski History Museum operated by the Aspen Historical Society, and dedicated bike and pedestrian access at Dean Street.

The next steps in the development process include the presentation of detail final review information to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission and Aspen City Council, which is expected to occur in the coming months.

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Jennifer Hayes has been an editor with the CREJ since 2000. Jennifer covers multifamily and industrial news in the Denver metro area plus all property types in Colorado Springs, Southern Colorado, mountain towns and the Western Slope. She also handles High Fives news for the paper and is editor of the Health Care & Senior…