CUCHARA- Cuchara Mountain Resort General Manager Jim Gill has left the employment of Bruce Cantrell before the first skier or zip-line fan ever set foot on the place. Whether he quit, was fired or something in between is kind of a gray area right now.
Cantrell confirmed that Gill was gone, noting that he just couldn’t afford to pay Gill a $100,000 salary. Other sources independently note that though Gill was very committed to the project, he made the decision to leave because he was not being compensated.
Gill, who was previously the manager of Breckenridge Ski Resort in northern Colorado, was one of Cantrell’s first hires when he first announced his plans to re-open the defunct Cuchara Ski Area. Gill’s future plans are unknown. It is also unknown when or if Gill’s position will be filled.
The resort, which has been rebuffed in its search for various financing, has been waiting for delivery of its zip line equipment since May 1, with every day’s delay making it less and less likely the resort will have anything to offer for summer recreation.
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