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Eldora ski area

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Thread Starter 
I'm arranging for a one day layover on a business trip to Denver and would like to ski at Eldora. I chose Eldora for it's proximity to Denver airport as I have to be at the airport by 4pm. It should give me a good 4-5 hours of skiing time. Can anybody give me any information, advice, tips, etc on the area?
Thanks!
post #2 of 16
Stay out of the pump room
post #3 of 16
Eldora is a nice little area. But the drive from Loveland might be faster and it's a little bigger and typically has better snow.
post #4 of 16
With the fires in Boulder County, you might be delayed getting through. Not sure on current status, but you can jump on the toll road in Broomfield and jet down to DIA quickly.

Eldora is a fun little area and snow cover is hit or miss compared to Loveland. Check conditions first.
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With the fires in Boulder County, you might be delayed getting through. Not sure on current status, but you can jump on the toll road in Broomfield and jet down to DIA quickly.

Eldora is a fun little area and snow cover is hit or miss compared to Loveland. Check conditions first.
Yeah, it's pretty smelly here right now. I'm still trying to find out if a former co-workers and a former boss's house burnt down yesterday. Their houses were/are on Olde Stage Rd. and Neva Rd.

It's a pretty straight shot on E-470 over to Boulder/US-36. Personally I'd go to Loveland but Eldora might fill your ticket for a few hours. You wouldn't be gasping for air like you would be for Loveland. It's at a little lower elevation. The drive up Boulder Canyon is pretty too.
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I've spent just a few days at both Eldora and Loveland. As an Easter coaster I enjoyed them both. Upper parts of Loveland are above tree line. Eldora is pretty much all below tree line and will seem more familiar. It may be more manageable for a short visit. The more challenging terrain at Eldora is primarily to the lookers right of the ski area and there are a few very steep glades and bump runs IIRC. Eldora base is about 9200 vs 10500 at Loveland (IIRC), which could make a small difference if you're coming from sea level without any altitude adjustment - either way you'll be sucking wind, just start slow. The trip up Boulder Canyon Blvd is tight and scenic. If road conditions are an issue Loveland may be the safer option, it's 100 feet from Interstate 70, although there are a few hills to climb on that route too.
Really nice views eastward from Eldora. Trying to post picture, but having problems.
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there she be....

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Kansas is out there somewhere:
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post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all who replied. Hopefully they'll have those fires under control soon. My trip is 3 weeks away so if they're still going by then there's bigger worries than getting to a ski area. I have skied at Loveland, it is indeed a nice place, and I prefer the low-key areas like that. Since I'll be by myself I'm not going to get too crazy in what I ski. I have seen on maps that Loveland is probably about the same driving time, but I would guess some of that may depend on the weather and also the traffic on Friday night, which is when I would heading to whatever area I choose. I'm leaning towards Eldora just because it would be a "new" area to me.

What's the deal with the pump house???
post #10 of 16
A very sad and recent tragedy happened at the pump house.

The current fires should not be an issue for your time frame:

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North of town, against Old Stage Road, then east, over the hill and across 36, then it burned the valley out near Neva Road over to the golf course subdivision Lake Valley. I missed the 70mph wind part of the fire, but when I got home in the dark, the flames were pretty big....good news is there's just not much fuel in these areas, as the trees are sparse, so it was mostly low brush and grass burning...very different from the one you had. Did burn up three homes as I understand it, but no one hurt.

It is amazing to watch from a distance for sure.
Eldora, Nderland and the general area is definitely worth a visit. All along the eastern base of the Continental Divide on the Peak to Peak Highway 93 (aka Freak to Freak Highway, ) up to Estes from Clear Creek Canyon (Golden) is a nice tour if you have any extra time. Look out for the gambling traffic to and from Blackhawk & Central City though.
post #11 of 16
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Eldora tragedy

Wow.....that's very disturbing. And very sad for the GM's family as well as the family that comprises the ski area. Has anybody been there since this happened? I'm curious as to how the vibe is. I would imagine things are back to business, but not quite "as usual".
post #12 of 16
Eldora is a great place to ski if you just got a dya trip. Plus the fact that elevation isn't going to be quite as extreme as Loveland.

I have great memories of screaming down LaBelle with a bunch of friends in a Spring bump extravaganza.
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Peak to Peak Highway 93 (aka Freak to Freak Highway, ).
You have something against Nederland and Ward?

When I first moved to the Boulder area, I aspired to live in Ward. They know how to keep the tourists out. A person I know who lived up there - him and his neighbors posted "One-way" street signs at both ends of their street. Of course, only one was legal. The guys who wear kilts and swords give an air of eccentricity too.
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You have something against Nederland and Ward?
Not at all. I lived up Sugarloaf and Rollinsville. Loved the Ward & Ned vibe. My mistake on the Route numbers. Should have been 72 & 119. The Gold Hill Inn was a classic. Used to take my motorcycle every chance I could up and down the canyons, via 72 & 119.
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what kind of runs to you like to ski?
post #16 of 16
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what kind of runs to you like to ski?
Just about anything but cliff drops Seriously, I'll ski just about anything but the most "gnarly" terrain (I hate using that overworked phrase, but it fits here). Skiing alone I would throttle back a bit for safety. I particularly like ungroomed terrain, even crud and chowder. Don't get that much around here, but when it happens I'm at whatever ski area I can get to despite the driving conditions.
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