Abandoned Cuchara Mountain ski area hopes to reopen in southern Colorado

Tucked along a curvy street in southern Colorado is a lost ski hill that will soon offer the promise of family-friendly skiing with less traffic than I-70, barely any lift lines and a daily pass under $50.

Supporters of Cuchara Mountain Park in Huerfano County are confident that with one more season of fundraising, the ski area will reopen to its former glory next winter after falling just short of a goal to open lift-served skiing and snowboarding at the end of 2022.

The park is nestled near the small town of Cuchara on the eastern slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Many of the residents in Huerfano County live in rural areas that are low-income.

The ski area closed to the public in 2000. Aside from the occasional vandal, the property went silent. But nostalgia and happy memories run thick in Huerfano County — and beyond. The dedication of a passionate few kept the dream of Cuchara alive. Just in case.

And as of early 2023, that dream is as close to reality as ever before.

Read the full story of Cuchara’s comeback from our partner at denver7.com.

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