Cuchara is a small mountain town in Southern Colorado in Huerfano County, nestled on the eastern slope of the Sangre de Cristos, with the gigantic West Spanish Peak looming to the east. In the year 2000, the Cuchara Mountain Resort (operated under many names from 1981-2000) closed its slopes for good. The land sat unused for many years until in 2017 when the 50 acres or so when the county purchased it with funds raised by Cuchara Foundation - an all-community-led effort. The Park is now called Parker-Fitzgerald Cuchara Mountain Park. Part of the Master Plan is to return lift-served skiing to part of the old ski area along with other activities
The Panadero Ski Corporation (a 501c3 nonprofit) was formed in 2019 by residents and property-owners passionate to see lift-served skiing return to Cuchara Mountain. Thanks to the work of volunteers and donated funds we are working on rehabbing Lift 4, a Riblet double chair. The chair will provide about 300 feet of elevation gain and access to seven runs on roughly 50 acres. Additionally, we have been able to purchase a used snowcat for grooming and a small snowmaking gun (we are taking in-kind donations – please see our list here) to make sure snow conditions are as prime as possible.
The lift-served ski area is focused on providing beginners and families a truly affordable experience to learn the joys of skiing and riding and build an appreciation for nature and healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation. At this point, we require additional start-up funds to get the lift ready for final inspections and certification by the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board and other start-up costs, including building a professional staff, providing full snowmaking capacity on all runs within Cuchara Mountain Park, safety equipment (tower pads, signage, etc.), and other essential needs to operate a small ski hill.
Additionally, we have over 200 acres of old ski runs that will not be lift-served (on USFS land) but provide a perfect alpine touring/backcountry area, especially for those looking to build their backcountry skills and confidence. In the winter Cuchara Mountain Park (and the surrounding USFS land) is also accessible by snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
Returning skiing to Cuchara Mountain Park will give residents and visitors of Huerfano County and the surrounding region a place to participate in affordable year-round outdoor recreation as well as help revive a year-round, local economy.
Please consider being a part of our story by donating today. We can’t do it without others who believe in our vision, mission, and values!
Panadero Ski Corporation • PO Box 983 • La Veta, Colorado 81055
Panadero Ski Corporation: a 501c3 Non-profit bringing lift aided skiing and year-round recreation to Cuchara Mountain Park.