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Southwestern Colorado ski area closed due to chairlift safety issues

By Jason Blevins / The Denver Post
Ski Hesperus has closed, perhaps for weeks, while repairs are made to the southwest Colorado resort’s only chairlift.
John Trousdale, AP Photo/Colorado Ski Country USA

Ski Hesperus has closed, perhaps for weeks, while repairs are made to the southwest Colorado resort’s only chairlift.

James Coleman knew he had a long list of projects ahead when he bought the ski hill 11 miles west of Durango last September.

The 160-acre ski area had been a one-man show for 30 seasons, run by owner Jim Pitcher, who sold tickets, cooked hamburgers, directed the volunteer ski patrol and ran the show. A ski day at Hesperus was a bit of a step back in time, with hand-painted signs and a Quonset hut base lodge that hadn’t been updated for decades.

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