Aspen doubles down on tiny homes to solve employee housing crisis

A few months after it launched a trial run to see if using “tiny homes” could help ease the burden of finding affordable housing on seasonal employees, the Aspen Skiing Company announced Friday it was going to purchase nearly three dozen additional tiny homes for workers by next season, according to the Aspen Times.

As reported by the Times, the Aspen Skiing Company is ordering 34 manufactured homes that it aims to add to the Aspen Basalt Campground in Eagle County, Colorado.

In January, when Aspen was running roughly 600 beds short of what it needed to house its ski employees, the resort company ordered six 500-square-foot homes to the campground.

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The small trailer homes allow for employees to live close to work without spending exorbitant amounts on rent. Photo: Courtesy of Sprout Tiny Homes

The company put two employees in each trailer to see how they would respond to the living situation.

“They worked out well,” Aspen Skiing Company spokesman Jeff Hanle told the Aspen Times. “We will be adding more for seasonal workers.”

The new tiny homes cost around $100,000 each and will be slightly larger than the previous models that were ordered, featuring 1.5 bathrooms as opposed to just 1 bathroom. The hope is that the new trailers will fit three seasonal workers instead of just two. The new tiny homes will hopefully provide housing for 102 employees.

The previous tiny home trailers were rented to seasonal employees for $600 a month, but the report from the Aspen Times doesn’t specify how much the newer models will cost. The tiny homes will be purchased from Sprout Tiny Homes of La Junta, Colorado.

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The move to tiny homes represents a new attempt at solving mountain town housing issues. Photo: Courtesy of Aspen Skiing Co.

While the tiny homes will help lessen the increasing struggle that seasonal employees in ski towns face to find housing they can afford — a crisis which POWDER recently profiled — it also means that Aspen Skiing Company will be evicting 17 long-term tenants from the Aspen Basalt Campground to make way for the tiny homes.

h/t The Aspen Times

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