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Colorado's Eldora Plans New Lift, More Terrain
An environmental impact statement process is underway that could pave the way for improvements at Eldora Mountain Resort, 21 miles west of Boulder, Colo.
The proposal, which is under review by U.S. Forest Service officials, would add nearly 140 acres of new skiable terrain to the Colorado Front Range resort, including new glades and trails on the backside of the mountain, and increase uphill capacity by 25 percent.
Also in the plan is a six-pack high-speed quad to replace the side-by-side Challenger and Cannonball lifts on the front side; a replacement for Corona lift; a new Placer lift and trail system; and, a new high-speed chairlift called Jolly Jug on the backside.
The popular lunch spot, Lookout Facility, is slated for a facelift, and a new lodge at the top of the mountain is also in the plans.
General Manager Jim Spenst told SnoCountry.com that construction could begin in about a year, depending on what gets approved and how quickly.
"Obviously, the items that are inside our permit area may be the first to come," Spenst said. "Some may be removed from the EIS process and implemented under another program."
The bulk of the changes to the trail map include creating bladed terrain between the Indian Peaks and Corona lifts, new trails to serve the proposed Placer Lift below the Indian Peaks section, and the new Jolly Jug backside area. The plan also calls for widening of some trails, installation of more snowmaking and improvements of roads and utilities.
The proposal grew out of a revised master plan that the U.S. Forest Service approved last year, Spenst said. Once the resort notified forest officials that it planned to act on some of the master plan items, the EIS process kicked in, he said.