Aspen Mountain, CO Chairlift-Gondola Hybrid on West Side of Ski Area Approved by Tramway Board

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Lift 1a at Aspen Mountain, Colo. | Photo courtesy Aspen Spin.

Plans for a new chairlift-gondola hybrid on Aspen Mountain’s west side were just approved in a recent meeting by the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board. The plans need a variance from state regulations based on its location, splitting the open space between the approved Lift One Lodge and Gorsuch Haus developments, the Aspen Times reports.

The lift has yet to be named but is being referred to as ‘Lift 1,’ after the first ski lift built on Aspen Mountain in 1946, according to the Aspen Times. At that time in 1946, it was the longest chairlift in the world.

The original Lift 1 single chairlift at Aspen Mountain, CO. Photo Credit: Gorsuch Haus

The entrance for the new lift would be on the Lift One Lodge property and would terminate near the current end gates of Lift 1A, but slightly closer to Ruthie’s Restaurant. The new lift would run into town at the intersection of Dean and Aspen street as part of the redevelopment of the base of the west side of the mountain, the Aspen Times reports.

The approved plans are for a Telemix, a hybrid lift manufactured by lift manufacturer Poma, which can run both chairlifts and gondolas at the same time.

SkiCo Senior Vice President of Planning and Development David Corbin told the Aspen Times that the projects expected completion wouldn’t be until the spring of 2022 at the earliest.

Even as the world changes, Aspen Mountain continues to expand and evolve. 


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