Hopes high for return of skiing at abandoned southern Colorado resort

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A light coating of snow covers Cuchara Mountain Park ski resort on November 2019, in Cuchara, Colo. Although the lifts aren't operational, skiers, snowboarders and sledders can hike up the slopes and take advantage of the old runs. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)

A light coating of snow covers Cuchara Mountain Park ski resort on November 2019, in Cuchara, Colo. Although the lifts aren’t operational, skiers, snowboarders and sledders can hike up the slopes and take advantage of the old runs. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)

CUCHARA, Colo. (AP) — Hopes are high for the return of downhill skiing at a former resort that was long abandoned.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports Cuchara Mountain Park opened in 2017 after a local foundation acquired private property that had been Panadaro Resort in the early 1980s. The original resort regularly swapped hands and was plagued by bankruptcy over the span of two decades.

Now the grounds are in the hands of Huerfano County, and sledding and cross-country skiing on a groomed loop have been popular this winter.

The goal is to revive the lift and provide access to a modest 56 acres and 400 vertical feet.

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