Aspen Skiing Company management is looking to get a real estate project approval Wednesday for a new restaurant and meeting facility at the base of Elk Camp to replace Café Suzanne on Snowmass mountain.
The new facility which is to be named “Elk Camp Restaurant” would sit at the top of the Elk Camp gondola. Both the Elk Camp restaurant and gondola are intended to operate in the winter and summer during the day and into the evening.
The proposed structure contains the same square footage as the existing 17,500-square-foot Café Suzanne building. The new building is manages to wrap around the upper gondola terminal. That lets it function as a 250-seat restaurant and a meeting facility for private groups, just like the Sundeck at the top of Aspen Mountain.
“The restaurant will be a community asset that will help catalyze the town’s goal of providing multi-season economic activity,” the Aspen Skiing Company management mentions in its real estate application to the town. “Use of the new restaurant for summer activities and events, in particular, will serve to strengthen that component of the community’s economy. The restaurant will also help attract conference business and is configured to accommodate a range of group sizes.”
This design lets gondola passengers unload and then immediately go into the restaurant via a flat, textured and sheltered platform.
The new Elk Camp restaurant managed to be designed with a lower entrance to facilitate customers whether skiing or riding into the facility from the Two Creeks lift, the Elk Camp area or coming from the Wall.
The town was concerned with the management of the exterior lighting on the walkway and the entrance to the building. The top of the Elk Camp gondola manages to sit on a flat area in heavy trees and cannot be seen from the base of the ski area, or from the majority of Snowmass Village.
The next step is to get the approval of the Snowmass planning commission. Then Snowmass Village Town Council gets to review the project. The Aspen Skiing Company has received conceptual real estate development rights a structure of this size at Elk Camp from the town of Snowmass Village and the U.S. Forest Service. It also received approvals for use until midnight for both the winter and summer seasons. Aspen Skiing Company must now go through the town review of this actual building design and the operations during the summer and night-time.