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Introducing an All-Electric Slope-Side Development: Electric Pass Lodge Comes to Colorado’s Aspen Snowmass


Snowmass Base Village (SBV) introduces the all-electric and appropriately named: Electric Pass Lodge. Designed to be 100% powered by renewable energy, this development will be one of the first of its kind in the country. The building will include 53 ski-in/ski-out, for-sale residences at the base of the iconic Snowmass Ski Area.

If you own a home at a ski resort, youre inherently invested in the preservation of snow, says Andy Gunion, Roaring Fork Valley Managing Partner for East West Partners. Nobody wants their ski home to contribute to climate change, but the reality is most do. With Electric Pass Lodge, were thrilled to offer buyers beautifully designed, high-performing, healthy residences that come with the piece-of-mind that when you turn up your heat, youre not melting our precious snow.

These Scandinavian-inspired residences will be 2- and 3-bedroom with prices starting at $1.4 million. Each owner will have access to private amenities, including the village pool complex being built in conjunction with the building (not part of the developments electric system), Zoom rooms, SBVfit health club, a lounge, courtyard, ski locker room, storage and underground parking. These private amenities complement the abundance of public offerings available right out the front door, ranging from ski slopes to summer trails to all the events and activities the newly completed Base Village has to offer.

Buyers and their local brokers will enjoy an innovative, COVID safe, digital-driven purchasing process with reservations opening on Jan. 26, 2021 on Construction is scheduled to start this April and is projected to be completed in spring of 2023.

Electric Pass Lodges design was crafted by two Colorado-based firms “ 4240 Architecture and River + Lime.

We set out to design not only a contemporary Scandinavian-inspired alpine lodge, but the most sustainable, all-electric condominium building in the Colorado Mountains. Electric Pass Lodge will set a new standard for the future of building design in Snowmass and hopefully for ski resorts across North America, says Christian Barlock, principal with 4240.

River + Limes goal with the interiors was to create comforting spaces that offer laid-back sophistication and approachable luxury.

The design team focused just as much on the health of the buildings occupants as on its climate impact. One of the great things about designing a sustainable building is we end up with a building that is extremely healthy for our owners and their families, says Ellen McCready, Project Manager for East West Partners.

Along with the construction of Electric Pass Lodge comes the adjacent village pool. This 25-yard outdoor pool, featuring lap lanes, a water slide and hot tub, is designed with a saltwater system to provide a healthier swimming experience. Surrounded by an expansive sun deck featuring a seasonal cabana bar and shade pergola the pool will be available to Electric Pass owners and guests, as well as a variety of other residential owners in Base Village. The pool is not part of the buildings renewable electricity program. The zoning-required amenity was too large to allow for it.

Electric Pass Lodge joins a collection of other LEED certified buildings in SBV, which is a LEED certified neighborhood. East West partnered with KSL Capital Partners and Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) in 2016 to acquire and complete the village at the base of Snowmass Ski Area.

ASC is no stranger to sustainable building. The ski company was the first in the industry to develop a set of green buildings, and they participated in the creation of U.S. Green Building Councils Leadership Energy and Environmental Design Program, known as LEED. Today, several of their buildings in Snowmass are LEED certified. Moving forward, ASCs proposed building standards include having all of the companys new buildings be entirely electrified. Its first 100% electric building, the Willits Center Workforce Housing, is set to open in spring 2021.

“Electric buildings powered by renewable energy are the best way society can decarbonize the built environment, which is a hugely important, but difficult task,” says ASCs VP of Sustainability Auden Schendler. I love that SBV is going all-electric with this development. Theyre modeling the future of climate solutions in a very high-profile place. But more important is that the people who buy these residences will be introduced to cutting edge technology.

The electrification of buildings is not just a sustainability goal in Snowmass. Across the country and the world, there is a growing movement towards buildings powered by solar, wind and other sources of zero-carbon electricity. Around 30 cities and counties in the U.S. have already passed ordinances either strongly encouraging or mandating new construction be all-electric.

Barbara Platts

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