Long-shuttered Colorado Ski Area May Be Reopened
Nearly 200 miles south of Denver, near the New Mexico border in a picturesque valley on the eastern slope of the Sangre de Cristo range, a long-shuttered ski area is showing hopeful signs of life.
Sure, a lot of things would have to fall into place before Cuchara Valley can be reborn as a ski area after two decades of dormancy, but a local group is working hard to make it happen. Through the non-profit Cuchara Foundation, Huerfano County acquired land at the base area in 2017, which became a county park. The foundation fixed up one of the old buildings, reversing years of vandalism and adding a fireplace and an electric heater. Now, dozens of locals ski, snowboard and sled under their own power there on weekends.
The group behind the effort is hoping to get one of the area’s smaller lifts up and running for next ski season, serving four trails at the bottom of the mountain. Mike Moore, who owns a bed and breakfast in Cuchara village 3 miles from the ski area site, believes it can happen.