Operation Dates: 1950's-1970, possibly 1971
* Number of Trails: 5
* Typical Season: Late November to mid April
* Elevations: top 8,885'; base 8,600; vertical 350'
* Facilities: Warming hut, snack bar
Lifts: 1 Pomalift - 2,100 feet in length
Cuchara Ski Basin operated to the north of Cuchara Valley Ski Area,
long before CVSA opened. The ski area operated as a weekend place,
only opening Fridays through Sundays. Skiing began during the early
1950's with a rope tow. A platter lift was later added. Ticket prices for
the 1961-62 season cost $2.50 for adults and $1.25 for children. Along
with a snack bar atop the slope, the base area had a restaurant, rental
shop, motel and cabins. Typical overnight prices ranged from $3 to $15
per night. The ski area closed down either in 1970 or 1971, most likely
due to lack of snow and increased expenses.
Directions: From Denver take 1-25 south to 160 West, then south on
Highway 12. Cuchara Basin is about 1 mile before the town of Cuchara
on the right (west side) of the road.
Please Note: This area is on private property, no trespassing!
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(area circled in red)
The Lift (platter):
The Warming Hut & Parking: