Just 20 miles up the canyon from the city of Boulder, Eldora is easily the most accessible resort in the Front Range. There are three primary groups of people who use the mountain: locals sneaking away from work for a few hours, kids learning to ski, and Nordic aficionados training for the Birkebeiner.
Locals head straight to Corona Bowl to do laps in the Salto and Moose Glades. The trees are nicely spaced and the top slope is steep enough to satisfy experienced skiers. Limited traffic on this side of the mountain means that if the weather holds, good snow sticks around for several days.
The ski school at Eldora is outstanding for a mountain of its size. Families in Boulder who spend Christmas in Telluride send their kids here to learn to ski.
The well-stocked Nordic Center serves as the gateway to 25 miles of groomed, undulating trails. At an elevation around 9200’, it provides a great altitude workout and is one of the best Nordic spots in the state.
A day at Eldora is best capped with a beer in nearby Nederland, a town made famous for hosting “Frozen Dead Guy Days”, a festival that literally honors a frozen dead guy in a Tuff shed. In addition to its colorful downtown, no visit to Nederland is complete without a Bloody Mary breakfast at the Sundance Café.
A Few Words On The Snow
If you're waiting for a powder day at Eldora Mountain Resort, then you might have a long wait.
Only 8.0% of winter days see more than 6 inches of snowfall,
which means, on average, you'll have to spend 10 days or more mining the slopes at Eldora Mountain Resort
to score that one great day. It could be worse, however. You could be muskie fishing.
Snow can be hit and miss at Eldora Mountain Resort. Like most places, if you put in your time on the mountain, you'll eventually be rewarded with
a giant month that sees more than 90 inches of snow. It might take you three winters, but it will be worth it when that 30-day burst of weather
magic happens. With 6.0% of winter months getting more than 90 inches of snow, the odds of a bumper harvest
aren't entirely favorable for the destination skier, but it happens enough to keep locals from moving to Alaska. Most of them, anyhow.
If you're banking on snow and you're boarding a plane for a week at Eldora Mountain Resort, you should temper your expectations. This is a place
where winter drought can grab hold of the weather pattern for long periods, as 40.0% of
the winter months here see less than 30 inches of snow.
Getting to Eldora Mountain Resort, if you're flying in
The stretch from the Denver airport takes a modest drive of 85 minutes, not enough for your legs to fall asleep before you stretch out in
the parking lot.