Think Eldora is too close to Denver to be a "real" ski resort? Think again. Located in Boulder County a few miles west of downtown Nederland, Eldora gets over 300 inches of snow annually and has 680 acres of skiable terrain that's perfect for a low-key but insanely fun experience for beginner skiers and snowboarders — or anyone looking to dodge the crowds in Summit County. Eldora's Mountain Explorer package is the best way to introduce skiing and snowboarding to children ages four to fourteen. Since 2016, the resort has also offered its Woodward Experience for those looking to develop skills. Adult beginner group lessons for ages fifteen and up teach newbies everything they'll need to know to get after it on the slopes, chairlift basics included. Reservations are recommended for lessons, but walk-up registration is also available on a first come, first served basis seven days a week, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Indian Peaks Lodge. For cross-country enthusiasts, nothing beats Eldora Nordic Center's forty kilometers of scenic trails weaving through quiet forests.