Eldora Mountain is a locals’ favorite for Northern Colorado. It is large enough to enjoy different runs all day and has a surprisingly good mix of skiable terrain.
It is roughly the same distance as most Summit County resorts, but has one distinct advantage. You avoid I-70’s treacherous traffic. There are three main roots there from Denver, each about equal distance.
Eldora has terrain for everyone: cruisers, steeps, bumps, trees, terrain parks, learning areas and a nordic center. Over 300 inches on average hit Eldora each season. If you are fan of long cruisers and bumps, you’ll find plenty.
Beginners will find the easiest terrain conveniently located near base village. Eldora has an acclaimed Children’s Center, assuring fun for the whole family.
Experts will find enough single and double black runs to keep them entertained. There is some gate access terrain which requires a very minimal traverse (30 seconds) to get to the steepest double-blacks. From there, West Ridge provides steep bumpy runs and tree sking. You’ll end up right at Corona Lift.
There is no town of Eldora, but the resort does have all the necessities: rental equipment, ski school, food and drink. The Look-Out Cafe is situated at the top of the Corona Lift on the summit. It’s usually more of a warming hut though. Panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains expand in every direction, perfect scenery for a rest from the slopes.
At the base lodge is a big cafeteria offering affordable meals, an upstairs bar, and a retail shop. Parking is free and close to the mountain.
Nearby Nederland has a unique vibe with lots of cool shops and restaurants. This is also where would you find the closest lodging to Eldora. Boulder is only a twenty mile drive from Eldora.
Address: 2861 Eldora Ski Rd, Nederland
Season: mid November-early April
Lift Hours: 9am-4pm
- Elevation: 9,200 ft – 10,800 ft
- Vertical – 1,600 ft
- Ski Area: 680 acres
- Average Snowfall: 300 in
Trail Map: Eldora Mountain (jpg)