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Eldora Skiing & Snowboarding Resort Guide

Eldora Mountain Resort is a small, quaint ski and snowboard area located just outside of the city of Boulder. With 1,600’ of vertical, Eldora is a great option for skiers and snowboarders visiting Boulder, or those who want to avoid long drives up I-70 from the cities on the Front Range. While the 680 acres of skiable terrain is certainly small compared to most Colorado ski resorts, there is still some fun terrain for advanced skiers and snowboarders alike. The small resort not only creates a laid-back atmosphere, but also makes Eldora great for families and beginners, with a dedicated learning area, and a natural progression of terrain difficulty. Beginning in the 2016-2017 winter, Eldora will feature terrain parks built by industry leader Woodward.

Mountain Overview

Eldora Ski and Snowboard

The mountain itself has two main areas, the Little Hawk Family Area and the main area which is spread across three chairlifts. The Little Hawk Family Area has awesome beginner facilities, with 5 lifts that serve beginner and intermediate terrain.

Advanced skiers and snowboarders will want to head up the parallel Challenge and Cannonball chairlifts in order to get to the Indian Peaks lift. There is intermediate terrain here as well. Traversing through the trees into the top of Brain’s glades brings skiers and snowboarders to a fun natural halfpipe in the trees with lots of fun little jibs. On a powder day, it’s best to head all the way out to the Corona lift. Salto and Moose Glades have the steepest terrain at Eldora and some of the best powder skiing and snowboarding.

Mountain Stats & Eldora Trail Map

 Base Elevation 9,200' Beginner Terrain 15%
 Top Elevation 10,800' Intermediate Terrain 52%
 Skiable Acres 680 Advanced Terrain 19%
 Average Annual Snowfall 300" Expert Terrain 15%

Travel Information & Directions

Eldora Mountain Resort is located in Colorado’s Front Range, just outside of the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. Driving from Boulder takes a quick 40 minutes, straight up Boulder Canyon and through the small town of Nederland, home of the world-famous Frozen Dead Guys Days (which celebrate a local man “who is frozen in a state of suspended animation and housed in a Tuff Shed on dry ice high above Nederland.”) Skiers and snowboarders who don’t want to drive can take the the local RTD bus from downtown Boulder.
Travel Resources:

Eldora Travel Directions
RTD Ski-N-Ride Bus
Frozen Dead Guy Days

Lodging Information

There is no lodging at Eldora Mountain Resort itself. Skiers and snowboarders can stay at several hotels near the base of Boulder Canyon, in Boulder itself, or in Estes Park. Most skiers and snowboards take daytrips from Boulder, or the surrounding area to Eldora.
Eldora Lodging Overview

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Local Food Picks

Eldora has a basic on-mountain cafeteria to keep you fueled up for a full day skiing or snowboarding. In Nederland, Kathmandu has an all-time lunch buffet served from 11-3pm. Get an early start, then treat yourself to delicious Nepali and Indian food. Down in Boulder there are endless options for food and drinks, everything from burritos to upscale dinners. Snarf’s is an awesome place to grab a sandwich to go on your way up. Moe’s bagels is another great stop on your way to the mountain for coffee and a bacon, egg, and cheese bagel.
Eldora Dining:

On Mountain Dining
Moe's Bagels

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Where to Find Lift Tickets to Eldora?

Unfortunately, Eldora’s small mountain feel doesn’t translate to small mountain lift ticket prices. While lift tickets are a bit cheaper than Summit County and Vail, they are still quite pricey. Juniors and seniors do receive some deep discounts, however.
Eldora Lift Tickets

Eldora Weather Information

Eldora is the easternmost ski and snowboard area in Colorado, which means it can pick up some interesting weather patterns that miss other Colorado ski resorts. This means that when other areas see only a couple of inches of snow Eldora can sometimes receive two or three times as much powder. 300” of snow falls annually, making for plenty of powder days throughout the winter. The Front Range location does also mean that Eldora often has high winds as weather systems drop from the Rockies into the great plains. Keep an eye on the Eldora conditions report and aim for a day with low winds, the weather can get cold quickly with a big windchill.
Eldora Weather Resources

Eldora Ski Report

Just outside of Boulder, Colorado Eldora Mountain Resort offers a nice local ski and snowboard experience without the need to drive on often crowded I-70. The access via city bus makes for hassle-free day trips, too. A great learning area is perfect for those skiers and snowboarders making their first turns , while the glades near the ski area boundary are fun for advanced rider to explore on a powder day.

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Discover Seasonal Kids Ski & Snowboard Rentals

Bringing the kids out to Eldora and don’t want to spend time getting fitted up for rentals? Here at evo we know how much better time spent on the slopes is than time spent picking up rental gear. That's why we've created our seasonal kid's ski and snowboard rental program. They offer kids full season use of skis, boots, and poles or a snowboard, boots, and bindings. Put the era of long gear rental lines every weekend behind you! Learn more:
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