Nestled into Colorado’s picturesque Front Range, Eldora is a ski resort that does not get the credit it deserves. This amazing local mountain can often be forgotten with many world-class destination resorts looming just south across the traffic-stricken I-70. However, this is precisely what makes Eldora the hidden gem that it is, and locals who know this all too well would like to keep it this way for good reason!
With a top elevation of 10,600 feet and its longest run sporting a 3-mile length from top to bottom, this resort has something to offer for skiers and riders of every skill level. From the steep double black glades off of the Corona Chair to the family-friendly blue and green runs off of Little Hawk and Tenderfoot, Eldora has something to offer for everyone. Variety of terrain is one of Eldora’s biggest strengths, being 18% beginner, 48% intermediate, 18% advanced, and 16% expert. It even features a Woodward terrain park, a top-tier park operation that is featured at Copper Mountain, Park City, Mt. Bachelor, and many other premier destination resorts across the nation.
Averaging over 300 inches of fresh snowfall per year, fulfilling dreams of waist-deep powder and all-day face shots is exactly what keeps people coming back to this amazing mountain. With this all packed into 680 acres of skiable terrain across 53 runs and 7 chairlifts, it is no surprise that locals cherish this underappreciated resort year in and year out.
Another huge bonus Eldora has to offer is unbeatable accessibility and cheap lift ticket prices. With Colorado’s main ski town artery, I-70, becoming almost undrivable during peak season in recent years, Eldora offers a satisfying remedy to hours-long traffic jams. Located just a 45-minute drive from Boulder and 1 hour from Denver, you can skip the mess and come get some world-class turns at Eldora with a smooth, picturesque commute. With major resorts charging as much as $250 for a single lift ticket during the 21-22 season, it’s no secret that the ski industry has unfortunately priced many families out of the sport.
Eldora offers a full-day adult lift ticket for $129 and a children’s day pass for $79, a truly unbeatable deal in this day and age. It is also one of the many resorts on the 22-23 Ikon Pass, giving skiers and riders even more flexibility. If the vast terrain and Rocky Mountain Powder hadn’t sold you already, the easy access and affordability definitely will!
The charming and quaint ski town of Nederland, CO, is the cherry on top of this Rocky Mountain paradise. With delicious restaurants and unique shops scattered around this delightful mountain village, your day doesn’t have to end when the lifts stop turning. Without the big market corporate feel of other nearby mountain towns, the local vibes of Nederland are sure to please the soul and make you never want to leave this amazing community. With awesome terrain, local vibes that have been creating magic since 1962, and no giant crowds that wreak havoc on the quality of a day on the slopes, Eldora Mountain is a can’t-miss resort for the 22-23 ski season!