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last day in CO. Loveland or Eldora ?

post #1 of 8
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We are a family of 4 strong intermediate skiers who will be spending our last day sliding on new years day.
We have to be at Union Station no later than 7 PM for our trip home.
I was considering skiing Eldora over Loveland to avoid I 70 trafic.
I figure we will have to leave loveland by 1 PM to turn in Skis and rental car.
I think from what I have read we can do Eldora all the way to 4 PM and still have plenty of time.
Im starting to have second thoughts as the snow reports dont look as good for Eldora as Loveland.
I also cant stand the thought of leaving a mountain while the lifts are still running.
We have been to loveland in the past and really like it,Eldora on the other hand will be new to us.
I sure could use some input
post #2 of 8
Ask Rusty Guy, that's his old haunt. (Just don't ask him how his summer was.)

Actually Eldora is much, much, closer to my house than Winter Park and I used to work at Loveland. Eldora is okay but, 99% of the times I've gone it's cold, windy, and icy. They have a great bar and there are many brewpubs in Boulder which you will have to drive through. If you want great skiing - it's Loveland.
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I honestly don't see the trip to union station being significantly shorter from eldora than loveland. i had a season pass to eldora a few years ago. Eldora is fine, but the terrain is so much more limited and gets very crowded and skied out pretty quickly. As you say, eldora's coverage won't be as good either. Both have the local feel, but unless you live in boulder, loveland is the clear choice.
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I have never drove from boulder to Denver in Winter so I dont know what to expect.
Eldora does claim it is a stress free drive compared to the I70 route to other ski areas.
That is what got me to consider it.
This may be a decision I will need to make that morning,
post #5 of 8
Since I do live in Boulder, I'm a big fan of Eldora. I can't really disagree with anything said in this thread so far. Keep an eye on Eldora's grooming report. There's a slew of storms rolling through in the next two weeks, so the coverage should really improve.

I love the vibe at Eldora, it's very relaxed and I do want to echo what was said earlier about it having an awesome bar.
Don't let anyone scare you off with saying it's crowded at Eldora. Hooey. I skied last season mainly on weekends and during some real peak periods and the only day where I had even a modest wait for a lift was the closing day, and even that was mellow compared with other places.
The drive from Eldora to Denver will be considerably less stressful (though watch yourself in the canyons on the way up and down, that can be a little dicey). Just a few thoughts.
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(though watch yourself in the canyons on the way up and down, that can be a little dicey).
Boulder Canyon is a pretty drive but watch the shaded curves. I've known a few Ph.D.'s to wind up in Boulder Creek. Nederland is a funky town too. A stop at the Pioneer Inn is a must. Don't speed by the Nederland High School on the way to Eldora or going up Boulder Canyon. Mr. CHP likes to do stake outs for speeders. Ned-heads have little tolerance for slow drivers though.

It is a less stressful drive but, I rarely go there and it's close and free for me.
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Boulder Canyon is a pretty drive but watch the shaded curves. I've known a few Ph.D.'s to wind up in Boulder Creek. Nederland is a funky town too. A stop at the Pioneer Inn is a must. Don't speed by the Nederland High School on the way to Eldora or going up Boulder Canyon. Mr. CHP likes to do stake outs for speeders. Ned-heads have little tolerance for slow drivers though.

It is a less stressful drive but, I rarely go there and it's close and free for me.
These are all excellent points. I think what it boils down to is if you want to branch out and try something a little on the fun and funky side, or want to stick with somethin you know you like (since you mentioned already having hit Loveland and enjoyed it). It's kind of six of one and half dozen of the other. It's a great problem to have though

Oh, and I should definitely have mentioned how beautiful the cruise is up through the canyon.
post #8 of 8
For only one day either will do just fine, especially coming from the Southeast. I visited both during one week (late December) a few years ago. Weather, low key vibe, and snow was great at both: http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_a...81&mode=search
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