Plan for cabins at Ashcroft advances
December 7, 2011
ASPEN – A proposal to develop cabins for overnight stays at Ashcroft Ski Touring, south of Aspen, inched forward Wednesday, but Pitkin County commissioners put off a decision until Dec. 21.
The county’s approval would come with a covenant to prevent future conversion of the cabins to homes. Commissioners want to ensure their continued use as short-term accommodations.
Ashcroft owner John Wilcox wants to build five cabins and convert two existing employee units for use as tourist accommodations at the privately run cross-country ski area in the upper Castle Creek Valley. He also has proposed use of his 5,000-square-foot residence there for overnight stays, but that proposal is on hold.
No new huts can be built, commissioners agreed, until three previously required employee residences are constructed. Wilcox will get another two years to get them done.
Replacement of the housing that will be converted to huts also must occur before new huts are built, commissioners said.