Cuchara Basin
Operation Dates: 1950's-1970, possibly 1971
Area Stats:
* 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 Overview:
(area circled in red)
The Lift (platter):
Various Trails:
The Warming Hut & Parking: