The push for Zeppelin development in the high country is kicking into high gear.
The Denver-based development firm, led by Kyle Zeppelin, closed last week on a $5 million construction loan through FirstBank, helping the company begin construction of an A-frame village, just off the grounds of Winter Park Resort. There is a shuttle stop.
According to Vice President of Development Justin Croft, the 31 structures, each 460 square feet, will be operated like a hotel, which is likely to rent for a “high $200” a night.
“We’re hoping to be open by mid-December,” Croft said.
The A-Frame Club, as the property will be known, is being constructed at 1008 Winter Park Drive, a wooded site leading up to the Fraser River. Zeppelin purchased the 2-acre site in February 2020 for $1.5 million.
The goal, Croft said, is to build a property that stands out between dated ski condos and non-inspiring hotel buildings.
“There’s no reason why the quality of the design doesn’t match the quality of the outdoor experience,” he said.
The purchase also included a building, which Zeppelin has already renovated. The ski shop that used to operate there is staying as a tenant, and the rest will be the hotel’s bar and restaurant, with cedar paneling, globe lights, leather booths and fireplaces – “the heyday of the 1970s Colorado skiing scene.” For a comeback,” said Croft.
While Zeppelin is best known for its work in Rino – the firm has been slowly building out its taxi complex over the years, most recently with apartment buildings – the Winter Park project is one of the company’s two in the mountains.
In late December, Zeppelin bought the 130-year-old Western Hotel in Ouray, which it is in the process of renovating. Croft said it could reopen in late fall or early winter.
The A-Frame Club, however, is not just a one-time project for the firm, which anticipates the construction of multiple sites. While no other sites have been selected, Zeppelin is not limiting itself to Colorado, nor just ski towns.
And the firm expects strong business, even when the flex isn’t coming down.
“We are looking forward to booking a lot of weddings at the property, as well as corporate retreats,” said Croft.