Cuchara, CO, Nov. 2, 2000--The automated message at (877) CUCHARA says Cuchara Mountain Resort, CO, is presently taking reservations, but industry insiders and locals know the message is out of date.
John Lau, the owner of the resort, confirmed he is in final negotiations to sell the ski area. "I just decided it was too far away for me to manage," said Lau, the managing general partner for Dallas-based JNC Properties. Lau also owns Ski Rio, located in northern New Mexico, which is not part of the deal.
The buyer remains unknown but sources indicated it plans to open Cuchara for the 2000-20001 ski season. However, the US Forest Service has yet to issue permits and the area's lifts have not been inspected by Colorado's Passenger Tramway Safety Board.