The promotion of Zeppelin Development to high-altitude countries is gaining momentum.
A Denver-based development company led by Kyle Zeppelin last week closed a $ 5 million building loan through FirstBank, allowing the company to begin construction on an A-shaped village just one shuttle stop from the Winter Park Resort base.
According to vice president of development Justin Croft, 31 buildings, each 460 square feet, will be operated as a hotel, likely renting out for “high $ 200” a night.
“We expect to open by mid-December,” Croft said.
The A-Frame Club, as the hotel will be called, is being built at 1008 Winter Park Drive, a wooded area leading to the Fraser River. Zeppelin acquired the 2-acre site in February 2020 for $ 1.5 million.
The goal, Croft said, is to build a property that stands out from antiquated ski condos and boring hotel buildings.
“There is no reason why the quality of design should not match the quality of outdoor recreation,” he said.
The purchase also included one building that Zeppelin had already renovated. The ski shop that operated there remains a tenant, and the rest will consist of a hotel bar and restaurant with cedar panels, globes, leather cabins and fireplaces – “a return to the heyday of the 1970s Colorado ski scene,” Croft said.
While Zeppelin is best known for its work at RiNo – the firm has gradually ramped up its Taxi campus over the years, most recently – with apartment buildings – the Winter Park project is one of two the company is pursuing in the mountains.
In late December, Zeppelin bought the 130-year-old Western Hotel in Ouray, which he is renovating. Croft said it could reopen in late fall or early winter.
However, A-Frame Club is not just a one-off project for a company that involves the creation of several venues. While no other locations have been chosen, Zeppelin is not limited to Colorado or just ski towns.
The firm looks forward to a successful business even when the flakes are not falling.
“We expect the hotel to have many weddings as well as corporate events,” Croft said.