Convention & Visitors Bureau
2440 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 | 303.442.2911
Eldora is the closest ski resort to Boulder. It’s just 21 miles away (a 35-minute drive) and offers 9 lifts and 3 terrain parks on 680 acres. Eldora welcomes skiers, snowboarders, cross-country skiers and snowshoers.
Eldora is known for its laid-back, local vibe. (Read about it in the LA Times.) You’ll see local moms and dads teaching their kids to ski — and lift attendants welcome you instead of herding you into a lift line. Yet a high-speed, six-person chairlift makes getting to the top a breeze.
Eldora opens on November 23, 2020, and is following the National Ski Areas Association’s Ski Well, Be Well best practices. They are limiting the number of guests admitted, requiring parking reservations, ensuring physical distancing at lift-loading areas and providing touchless transactions for sales. They have increased the availability of sanitation stations, increased facility cleaning frequency and added new signage around the resort. As for dining, Eldora has reconfigured their dining spaces and are offering an expanded grab-and-go menu; guests are also allowed and encouraged to bring their own lunches.
Click here to reserve a parking spot so that Eldora can ensure there is enough space at the resort to safely welcome skiers. The new parking system has the added benefit of knowing in advance whether there is a parking spot available; in previous years, the lot was often full on the weekends.
There is no lodging available at Eldora, so Boulder is your best bet for hotel options, plus it makes a great basecamp, with tons of dining and sightseeing opportunities when you're not skiing.
Daily group lessons are available for children and adults, with options for first-timers, beginners or those looking to take their skills to the next level. Private lessons are available by reservation. For "never-ever" skiers: Take advantage of the first-timer's ski package starting at just $169, which includes a four-hour group lesson, rental equipment, lunch voucher and lower-mountain lift ticket.
Unlike at the mega-resorts, at Eldora, you can park and just walk right up to the lifts, often without much of a line. It makes getting there much easier with little ones. Plus, Eldora's new Woodward program for kids ages 4-14 includes all-day instruction, rentals, snacks, lunch and a lift ticket. Participants even get to roast marshmallows around the fire at the end of the day.
A great rental shop is available on the mountain at Eldora. There are also several places to get your gear in Boulder. See the list of rental shops here.
There are four restaurants on the mountain that serve a range of fare, from soups and sandwiches to burgers and margaritas. One of them, the Lookout at Corona Bowl, sits at the top of Eldora with sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains. Eldora Mountain Sports shop has apparel, accessories and souvenirs for the whole family.
A few years ago, National Geographic Traveler named Boulder one of the Top 10 Winter Towns in the U.S., with fans writing, “Ski the nearby mountains in the morning; bike ride in Boulder in the afternoon!” Winter weather tends to be fairly mild in Boulder, and there’s plenty to do before or après ski: shopping on the historic Pearl Street Mall, beer tasting at 21 breweries, sipping tea at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse or Celestial Seasonings, or taking a food tour of groundbreaking restaurants.
It’s a beautifully scenic drive from Boulder that will take you about 35 minutes. Take Canyon Blvd. west (Canyon Blvd. is Hwy. 119). Follow Hwy. 119 to Nederland. Turn left at the roundabout. Continue south on Hwy. 119 for one mile. Turn right on 130 and follow the signs to Eldora.
Please note, due to COVID-19, bus capacity is limited. Take public transportation to the slopes for just $10.50 round trip! Sit back, relax and you'll be there in about an hour. Regional Transportation District (RTD) buses depart from the 14th and Walnut RTD Station in Boulder, stop in downtown Nederland, then drop you off right in front of the Main Lodge at Eldora where it leaves to go back at the end of the day. Look for the Ski-n-Ride Route NB from the 14th and Walnut station in Boulder. You will want to purchase a regional/airport day pass for $10.50. More information and Route NB schedule here.