Thoughts about Limelight and 1A
What a way to start 2010!
Best news yet … the Aspen Skiing Co. bought the Limelight from the Paas and Woolery families for about $50 million. If anyone can turn the Limelight into a “skiers,” “special events,” “sports teams and their families” affordable place to stay when visitors are in Aspen, it’s the Skico. What a perfect location – close to Lift 1A, Ruby Park and Silver Queen gondola.
Now here’s the “bad news.”
The Skico and a private developer just received conceptual approval from Aspen City Council except Torre (who voted no) and Derek Johnson (recused) to push the existing Lift 1A chairlift further up the mountain approximately 270 feet. That’s right, new Lift 1A will be 270 feet further up Aspen mountain.
This is how the family, the coaches and skiers are expected to get to the new starting point of Lift A.
1. Walk up.
2. Take a platter surface lift, which is the pole you put between your legs and then you hold on to pole with one hand and be pulled up.
3. Be dropped off by snow melting vehicle at top of Aspen Street, then take elevator and escalator.
Sounds like guests from the Limelight will undergo a Mt. Everest expedition to get up Lift 1A. I hope the Skico and the private developer will see the marketing wisdom of changing their minds about the Mt. Everest approach and put in an aerial lift to get paying visitors up steep Aspen Street.
An aerial lift up Aspen Street would cost approximately $1.5 million. Now that would be a great green and “save the snow” investment.
Congratulations and good luck to the Paas and Woolery families as the Skico has the “capital” to make it all work.
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