Letter: The right project for Aspen
Dear Aspen City Council,
I’m writing to express my support for the Gorsuch Haus.
We all love our amazing mountain town. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more passionate mountain community out there. So when it comes to the topic of growth and development, it’s understandable that people get nervous about direction, size, looks and everything else surrounding projects like the Gorsuch Haus. We are a world-class ski town, and we need to keep it that way, especially in the face of stiff competition out there in the market.
So let’s talk about the Lift 1A, or Ruthie’s, side of Ajax. Honestly, it’s my favorite lift on the mountain. For over 50 years, it has carried locals, visitors and the fastest racers in the world up its slopes. There are some days in the winter when I will just go ski five or 10 laps on 1A and call it a day. It’s great training. I love skiing Roch Run to Super 8 to Lazy 8, ripping Corkscrew to Norway or just laying over the skinny skis down Spring Pitch and Strawpile. And the views of our town on the way back up are a constant reminder to me of how lucky I am to live here. FIS has been on our case for years to replace it so that the lift and its base area are in line with the world-class image of the organization’s World Cup events.
There is some sad and dishonest misinformation being spread by a hired gun, a Denver public-relations firm representing another development below the Gorsuch Haus. It’s shameful and certainly not in line with the our community’s ideals. What do these Denver public-relations folks really know about Aspen and what the town needs? Launching a campaign to smear your neighbor on Facebook, with cold calls to community members and with downright false letters in the paper, is despicable. They say the 1A lift will be “privatized.” What these spreaders of propaganda want you to believe is that the Gorsuch Haus is building the lift for the benefit of its guests only, which is false and a joke. Don’t believe this crap, people. This is an Aspen Skiing Co. lift, and these are Skico slopes, as they always have been. They’re there for all of us to enjoy. And I will continue to shred my favorite runs over there with my friends and my family.
As an ambassador of all things Aspen/Snowmass, I know that we need high-quality hot beds in Aspen to stay competitive with the rest of the world.
Of course, we do not need endless development, just smart development. What we need are well-conceived and thoughtful projects that can help Aspen thrive year-round.
We are a ski town, and we need a new lift with a ski-in/ski-out hotel at the base of Ajax. The Gorsuch Haus is the right project, backed by the right people, to help secure Aspen’s future.
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