Eldora Expansion Gets Initial OK From Forest Service; New Terrain Likely Next Season
Eldora Mountain Resort has cleared a major hurdle in its plan to add more expert and intermediate terrain, new and revamped chairlifts, and an on-mountain eatery in the coming years.
The day-tripping mountain in Colorado's Boulder area still must wait out about 150 days of objections and reconciliation to the U.S. Forest Service’s tentative decision before undertaking its first overhaul in decades.
The most immediate change at the 680-acre Front Range ski and snowboard mountain will be more than 100 acres of new gladed terrain between Corona and Indian Peaks lifts, according to General Manager Jim Spenst.
“It’ll be late August before anything happens,” Spenst told SnoCountry.com. “We’re not sure if we can replace any lifts in time for the season, but skiers and riders will get to try out the new glades.”
Plans call for more snowmaking replacing two fixed-grip chairs – Challenge and Corona -- with high-speed, detachable versions and installing another two chairlifts to service new terrain on both front and back sides of the mountain. Skiers and riders will eventually be able to stop for lunch at a new restaurant atop the mountain, and The Lookout at the base will grow.
The expansion follows the 2011 Forest Service approval of a Master Plan for the resort that is the closest to the Denver-Boulder metro area.
“We want to continue to be a viable recreational experience and remain sustainable as a business and recreation,” Spenst told us. “We held 2-1/2 years of open houses, and people told us they want more trails, on-mountain food and beverage, better quality lifts and more gladed trails.”
No cost figure has been put on improvements, said Spenst, but the small ownership group that bought the resort in 1991 is committed to paying for the upgrades. Eldora opened 1962.
Photos: Eldora plans to get bigger and better (Eldora Mountain Resort/Facebook)