Front Range Resort Eldora Targets Newbies, Day Skiers-Riders; Expansion Plans On Hold
The trail map at Eldora Mountain Resort will look familiar this season, as the Colorado day-trip mountain adjusts its future plans in response to an expansion denial decision by the U.S. Forest Service.
Set to open Nov. 20, management at the Front Range ski and snowboard area will refocus on making improvements within the existing 680 acres. The ski resort had proposed additional terrain, three new chairlifts, improvements to existing areas within its boundary and infrastructure improvements as part of a 2011 master plan.
However, the Forest Service decided this summer that objections from community and environmental activists had some merit and, at least for now, put a halt to adding the chairlift and more than 100 acres outside the existing boundaries.
“As far as the timeline on our expansion plans it is unknown at this time,” Eldora’s Jim Spenst told SnoCountry.com. “There are significant parts of the plan that have been deferred by the USFS pending further ‘collaborative discussions' with objectors to the Draft Record of Decision.”
Eldora regulars will notice a new bar in the Indian Peaks Lodge and a new smoked meats menu, plus ample new paint and carpeting.
"We want the whole plan to be approved before we get doing," Eldora's Brent Trigaskis told us. "We've got plenty already approved, but it makes sense to plan it together."
Eldora will once again run its beginner/novice-friendly ski and snowboard classes this season. Highlighted is the popular First Timers program that does all it can to make the first day on the slopes enjoyable and encouraging – and, hopefully, bringing the newbies back for more.
Centered in the Little Hawk Family Zone, the program covers everything from what to wear to how to ride the lifts (two ropes tows, one magic carpet and two chairs) to what to expect in the first lesson. Several comprehensive pages on the Website explains all that’s necessary to have a successful first day on the mountain.
Also accommodating to Front Range skiers and snowboarders is the Four Pass, which includes four day tickets (no blackouts) for nearly 30 percent off the ticket window price.
The unique Snow Bank Credit Card permits season pass holders to load $20 or more right into the pass that can be redeemed – like a debit card – all over the resort.
Photos: Top -- Eldora snow guns get slopes ready to open (Eldora/Facebook); Left -- Eldora ski school is targeting kids and first-timers (Eldora/Facebook)