Revived Cuchara ski area could add 600 jobs

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Locals hoping to revive the former Cuchara Valley ski area in southern Colorado say their plan could add 600 jobs.

The $14 million plan by the Cuchara Valley Recreational Foundation proposes a mountain coaster, tubing hill, zip line, a reservoir for snowmaking, and a half-pipe on about 47 acres.

The plan envisions turning an office building into a convention center, adding a hotel, and renovating a restaurant.

Organizers say they also may add around 300 condos and single-family homes on 193 acres to help pay for the project. A later phase could add advanced skiing and biking on national forest land, perhaps even skiing accessed by helicopter, but that would require federal approval.

Construction could start as early as April.