After a week of no-snow delays, Eldora opens today, November 25, when it will debut the high-speed, six-person Alpenglow lift. The long-awaited modernization effort should make a big difference: The trip up from the base area was previously served by the Cannonball and Challenge lifts, old-school fixed-grip two-person and three-person chairlifts.
Here are five more things you need to know about Eldora this ski season:
1. New to Colorado or new to winter adventure? Eldora is less than an hour from Denver and 35 minutes from Boulder, and specifically caters to first-timers with first-day Level 1 lessons and packages that can include lift tickets, lessons and gear rentals. Call 303-440-8700 for reservations; walk-up registration begins daily at 8:30 a.m. There are two surface lifts in the beginner area for for-real first-timers.
2. Expert skiers and riders, make your way to the double-black-diamond Corona Bowl for the steep stuff, and get into the trees. There are also multiple terrain-park features in two different zones on the mountain.
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3. Check out the Eldora Nordic Center, which offers cross-country ski rentals and lessons, snowshoe rentals and nearly 25 miles of groomed trails. Make it an overnight adventure with a two-mile trek to the wood-stove-heated Tennessee Mountain Cabin, which sleeps up to six people for less than $100 (call 303-440-8700, ext. 267, to book).
4. While it’s so close to Denver that most of us don’t think of it as more than a day trip, Eldora actually has some great nearby lodging options and can make for a fun couple of days. For a good time warp, try the Goldminer Hotel in Nederland, built in 1897 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Rooms start at $125 per night and include a full breakfast served at a communal table. For reservations, call 303-258-7770 or visit goldminerhotel.com.
5. Eldora’s $449 adult season pass is a sweet deal for Front Range skiers and riders, especially those who don’t like driving in I-70 ski traffic. The ski area is also on the $639 Rocky Mountain Super Pass+, which includes unlimited skiing and riding at Eldora, Copper Mountain and Winter Park as well as six days at Steamboat and three days at Crested Butte.
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