ELDORA MOUNTAIN RESORT is a ski area in the southwest corner of
Boulder County ,
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Eldora is one of a few
The summit of the area is at 10,600 feet (3,200 m) above sea level on Bryan Mountain, with a 1600-foot lift served vertical drop. The slopes face primarily north and east, and the main base area is at 9,200 feet (2,800 m).
The resort caters mostly to day skiers and snowboarders, although some overnight accommodations are available in Nederland , and many hotel rooms are available in Boulder . In addition to alpine skiing , the Eldora Nordic Center also includes 40 km of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, as well as rentals, lessons and packages.
Although Eldora is small compared to some of the bigger resorts in Colorado, the terrain variety is well known and challenging. 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 and the West Ridge trail, which varies from 45 to 70% slope.
After a brief campaign to solicit patron feedback in 2010, an updated master plan was published for 2011. Among the main objectives listed are lift replacements and additions, as well as terrain improvements.
Eldora was first conceived in 1961 when four men purchased a 400-acre parcel of land from the Forest Service near Nederland. This land consists of the base-area lodge and the parking lot. A road from Nederland was constructed the following year along with two T-bars. To stay competitive with many of the other front-range ski areas (all of which are now defunct, with the exception of Squaw Pass, since renamed Echo Mountain Park ), a lodge was erected and the road was regraded. The resort installed their first chairlift, Little Hawk, in 1967. The lift, which was constructed by Miner-Denver, still runs today and is the oldest operating chairlift in Colorado.
In 1973, two more double chairlifts were installed: Cannonball, which paralleled the T-bar on the main mountain, and Corona, which opened a new area to the north. An additional two double chairlifts, Caribou and Sundance, were constructed by Lift Engineering in the late 1970s, on the beginner hill.
Beginning in 1979, the resort started losing money, in part because
the construction of the
In 1989, the Corona Bowl, which had been left abandoned for years, reopened. The bowl was named after an alternative name for Rollins Pass , the mountain pass used by the Denver