Eldora Ski Area

Eldora Ski Area visitors have 680 acres of skiable terrain to explore, and if you're not up for alpine skiing in Colorado, you might try your hand at cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. This resort is ideal for a variety of winter activities, and since it averages around 300 inches of snow on an annual basis, there is usually plenty of fresh powder to enjoy. If the snow isn't falling at the Eldora Ski Resort, then artificial snow can be made. The resort claims to have the best snowmaking system in all of Colorado and can blanket all of its groomed terrain with the artificial stuff as need be.

The Eldora Ski Area is located just 21 miles from Boulder, and should you be staying at one of the Denver hotels, you'll only have to drive about 47 miles to get to the base of the mountain. A relatively small ski resort by Colorado standards, the Eldora Ski Resort nonetheless offers a lot in the way of variety. More advanced skiers and snowboarders will enjoy the double black diamond Corona Bowl, while beginners might stick to the easier trails that are found on Little Hawk Mountain. A variety of intermediate trails can also be found at the Eldora Mountain Resort, with both Challenge Mountain and the Indian Peaks area being ideal for intermediate-level visitors. Other points of interest include the resort's elevation, which is 9,200 feet above sea level. The top elevation is 10,800 feet, and as you might expect, some stunning views of the Rocky Mountain terrain can be enjoyed from the upper reaches.

The Eldora Mountain Resort prides itself on its family-friendly appeal. Lessons are available for all ages and there are some tempting dining options when it comes time for the clan to take a break. Between the different Eldora Ski Resort eateries, you could order an Angus burger, a pizza, some chili, a variety of soups and sandwiches, a margarita, a cold beer, and any other number of treats. Eldora Ski Area discounts are offered to any and all visitors who are sixteen or younger, and you might be surprised at how cheap a lift ticket is if you only plan on hitting the beginner-friendly Little Hawk area.

You might also interest yourself in the Colorado Gem Cards when trying to get discounted lift tickets for the Eldora Ski Area. These cards offer discounted rates at a number of ski resorts, including Arapahoe Basin, Monarch Mountain, and Ski Cooper, to name a few. Perhaps you'll find a vacation package that offers discounted rates at the Eldora Ski Resort. The same package might also offer discounts on things like lodging. Speaking of lodging, the Boulder hotels offer up some inviting lodging options if you plan on hitting the Eldora Mountain Resort slopes, as do the B&Bs in nearby Nederland. A variety of cabins for rent can be found along the Peak to Peak highway, and you can also entertain the option of staying at a guest ranch while in the area if you please.

The Boulder hotels might be the most convenient lodging options if you want to stay close to the Eldora Ski Area slopes. More than five RTD buses make the trip between Boulder and Eldora on a daily basis, with the same amount of buses running the Eldora to Boulder route. If you prefer driving to taking the ski and ride bus from Boulder, it's worth noting that parking is free.

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