Colorado, United States
The Eldora Mountain Resort is a ski area located in the southwest corner of Boulder County, Colorado, near the unincorporated community of Eldora and three miles west of the town of Nederland.
Eldora is the second closest ski area to the Denver metro area (next to Echo Mountain Park). By a large margin, it is the closest to Boulder, and is one of the few Colorado ski resorts on the east side of the continental divide. It is about 20 miles west of Boulder and about 45 miles from downtown Denver. The ski and ride bus, operated by RTD, departs Boulder for the ski area five times daily in the winter and serves as easy transportation from town to mountain. The ski area was founded in 1962 and has proven popular partly due to skiers not having to use the extremely busy I-70 to reach the resort.
The summit of the area is at 10800 feet above sea level on Bryan Mountain, with a 1600-foot (488 m) vertical drop. The slopes face primarily east (toward Barker Meadow Reservoir) and north, and the main base area is at 9400 feet.
The resort caters primarily to day skiers, although some overnight accommodations are available in Nederland, and many hotel rooms are available in Boulder. In addition to alpine skiing, the ski area also includes 40 km of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Eldora Mountain Resort is one of Colorado's smaller ski areas and has a family atmosphere. Pricing is much cheaper than the destination resorts. Parking is free and located very close to the lifts. There are many locals who ski here, so you will find very few foreign travelers. Although Eldora is small, the terrain variety is well known. There are beginner friendly trails located on Little Hawk Mountain, intermediate and advanced trails on Challenge Mountain through Indian Peaks, and expert terrain is found in Corona Bowl. In the 2002-03 season Eldora even had a superpipe. Since then the superpipe hasn't been constructed which angers some skiers and riders.
Jim Spenst formerly vice president of operations at Idaho's Tamarack Resort was appointed General Manager on April 7, 2009.