Credit: Spanish Peaks Country
Great news for all you Colorado skiers and snowboarders, a new public ski area is scheduled to reopen next season on the same site where a previous ski resort closed 20 years ago. KRDO reports the nonprofit Cuchura Foundation raised $250,000 in donations to buy The Cuchara Ski Resort which operated on the eastern slope of the Sangre de Cristo range from 1981 to 2000 and workers are currently trying to get the main ski lift back in operation, possibly by the fall start of next ski season.
The lift will go up only a third of the way up at first as the Forest Service owns the land above that but they are working on obtaining the proper permits to access the rest and hope to return to normal operation within five years. The ski operation will run on a nonprofit basis to keep expenses and lift ticket prices low, as well as to avoid the type of crowds seen at existing resorts. Good luck to Cuchara on the all the work ahead, will be great to see you back up and running!