Eldora is the closest ski resort to Boulder. It’s just 21 miles away (a 35-minute drive) and offers 10 lifts and 8 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.
Advance parking reservations (free) are required to enter Eldora every day this winter. Click here to reserve a free 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.
How It Works Each guest can book up to 7 longer-term “Advance Day” reservations as 7 shorter-term “Week-Of” reservations for the 7 days immediately ahead. Reservations are required every day this winter, even for cars dropping passengers off. Please be prepared to present your scannable reservation QR code at the gate. No reservation? No entry. No exceptions.
If you book a parking reservation, be sure to cancel if you aren't going to use it. This helps free your unused spot for other skiers, plus there is a strict no-show policy.
Eldora 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.
Facial coverings will be a requirement for guests and Eldora staff in all indoor spaces, except when seated to eat or drink, and outdoors when six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. Whether you are riding a shuttle, waiting in a lift line, loading and riding one of the chairlifts or entering the facilities, you will be required to wear a face covering.
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 not available this season due to Covid-19 (normally they are offered 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.
The Woodward Mountain Park at Eldora is a network of featured terrain zones that offer a balanced variety of exciting on-mountain experiences for all ages and abilities. The Woodward Mountain Park is complete with base-area learning zones, large freestyle zones and everything in between.
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.
A great rental shop is available on the mountain at Eldora. This season, reserved rentals will be pre-set and ready for pick up at Indian Peaks Lodge the day of your reservation. Reservation pickup times are 8am, 10am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm.
There are also several places to get your gear in Boulder. See the list of rental shops here.
There is currently no indoor dining available at Eldora. Guests are encouraged to use their vehicles as their "lodge" this season, but you can get takeout from Timbers Taproom upper deck, West Wing Grab-n-Go packaged foods, and Halfpipe Hand Pies at the Subie Shack at the base area (you can order these via QR code and get a text alert when ready). Looking for drinks? The bar at Timbers is open for pass-through ordering, and canned beer is available from a window in the West Wing building.
Fewer options on the mountain mean you'll want to head back to Boulder for aprés patio drinks, fabulous dinners and comfortable lodging. 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 22 breweries, sipping tea at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, 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.