Southwestern Colorado ski area closed due to chairlift safety issues
March 2, 2017
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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