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Gorsuch Haus a boon to Aspen’s skiing legacy

To the honorable Mayor Steve Skadron and members of the City Council,

Forty-plus years ago, I was an Aspen resident employed by Aspen Skiing Co. Skier’s Chalet was one of our preferred family restaurants for special-occasion dinners and good times. Ruthie’s and Norway were among our most frequented ski runs. Although we no longer live in Aspen, it remains a favorite destination.

Our love of Aspen began several generations ago. During the latter part of the 1800s, our great grandfather delivered supplies to Aspen from Salida and Buena Vista over Independence Pass via mule train. Our grandfather and uncle were among the ski racers who climbed Ajax to compete in the early ski racing years, I believe, prior to the boat tow. Our mother competed in Aspen during the ’40s. My first chairlift ride was in the mid ’50s on the single-chair lift. It was quite a thrill coming from a small town with a T-bar lift to ski on the world-famous Aspen Mountain and to watch another uncle participate in the international ski races and Roch Cup.

In the ’60s and ’70s my brother and I were privileged to compete in those same national and international events. In the ’80s, my first cousin competed in Aspen, and currently my second cousins are competing as Aspen ski team members. Aspen has always been and continues to be such an amazing community — great skiing, wonderful friends and terrific memories.

This letter is written sincerely in support of the proposed Gorsuch public access development and public hotel. The facilities and access point will improve the quality of experience for local families and serve as a gathering area for current and future visitors to Aspen, including the World Cup ski racers from all nations.

I encourage those who are charged with the decision making to acknowledge and approve this high-quality project, not for just a few elites, but for the public, whether they be residents of Aspen, or residents of the world. This is your opportunity to renew the Aspen skiing legacy.

Rudd (Pyles) Knutzen