Letter: A pitch for the Gorsuch Haus
December 11, 2016
Dear Mayor Skadron and Aspen City Council,
Aspen has a chance to do something great at Lift 1A. The Gorsuch Haus proposal is an opportunity to make that side of the mountain a place where people gather once again to ski and dine and enjoy our alpine community.
This is a chance to bring a hotel and a Tyrolean touch to the base of Aspen Mountain, one that celebrates Aspen's great historic links to skiing in Europe. I have confidence in Jeff's taste. He will surely take advantage of the opportunity you give him to create a hotel that is fitting with Aspen's place among the great ski resorts of the world.
There will be a restaurant that serves skiers, hotel guests and our entire community. It will hopefully have an Austrian touch, serving schnitzel, strudel and other great dishes. I envision a place like the old Weinerstube where locals can gather to eat and talk, though perhaps with a different name. Maybe Innsbrukstube?
We also will get a new chairlift, a lift plaza and loading area that is worthy of Aspen. The current base area is a mess that needs to be cleaned up. And while it would be nice if the lift were moved farther down the hill toward town, I understand that Jeff and his partners have done everything possible to bring it down as far as they can.
I urge the City Council to give Gorsuch Haus a fair review and to think about the great things that can happen with that side of the mountain if we let them.
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