Eldora opened on Monday, Nov. 23. Eldora waited a little later to open this season, which will help guests spread out and provide a high- quality on-snow experience from day one. The Alpenglow (6-pack) and Indian Peaks (fixed-grip quad) lifts are both operating. As of opening day, Around the Horn (upper), Hornblower, Lower Ambush, International, La Belle Dame, Hot Dog Alley, and Dream & Scream trails were all open and Ryder’s Park is set to open on Nov. 28, weather permitting.
While so much has changed in the world recently, two things have not: One, winter weekdays at Boulder County’s backyard mountain are pure bliss; and, two, sliding on snow in the mountains is a healthy and naturally socially distant way to have fun.
Why weekdays? As Boulder County skiers and riders know, traffic to their beloved local winter playground, just 20 miles west of downtown Boulder, is scarce Monday through Friday. The place feels a lot like a private ski area, with plenty of parking, zero lift lines, and wide-open slopes.
And given Eldora’s close proximity to Boulder and Colorado’s Northern Front Range communities, it’s entirely possible for locals to grab a couple hours on-snow and then have the rest of the day to get back to work or home.
Like mountain resorts across the country, Eldora has been busy preparing a thorough and adaptable operations plan that prioritizes the things that matter most during these dynamic and unprecedented times: keeping guests and employees healthy and safe and staying open for skiing and riding all winter long.
Maintaining social distance is the key, and while it’s easy to stay apart on the slopes, Eldora is implementing measures to enable appropriate distancing across the guest experience this winter. A few highlights include:
A new online parking-reservation system will help reduce crowding on peak days. Whether you’re a season passholder coming for a few powder-day laps or a family looking to enjoy time on snow together, you will need to let Eldora know you’re coming. You can make your reservations here.
Modified Lift Experience
Due to the length of skis and snowboards, it’s easy to stay distant within lift queues, but guests will notice additional spacing measures including extended maze designs and more lateral spacing. Guests will self-group and load chairlifts with their traveling party.
While things will look a little different at Eldora this winter, local skiers and riders can still look forward to a banner season and feel confident that the mountain is working hard to offer a safe, fun experience. To stay updated on Eldora’s evolving operations plan for Winter 2020-21, please visit eldora.com.