- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 5
- All-Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 3
- Nightlife 0
Date Visited: Dec 8, 2007
Eldora is a local's resort. there is no apres or lodging on the resort because most of the skiers live in the Boulder area. This makes the resort really down-to-earth because rich snobs don't strut around like they own the place.
For the tourist, Eldora is a great resort for the beginner to intermediate skier and boarder. Because of its smaller size, lower elevation, cheaper lift ticket, and it isn't too far into the mountains. Expert riders won't find the sweet runs that they want, with the exception of powder days and a few of the glades are tricky and steep.
the lifts are basic and aren't detachable but are still able to cope with the lack of crowds (yay!). though they have been known to close down on windy days.
The restaurants are also basic, but i definately don't need the huge selection of foriegn food that costs $200 a plate that other resorts seem to have. my favorite is the nachos served at their newest lodge, they taste delicious and is probably the most food for your buck.
The ski instruction is probably the most economical for the beginner and intermediate. Beginners are satisfied because they don't need the entire mountain when first learning, the price is also cheaper and the insrtuctors have more than enough knowledge for the beginner. intermediate skiers still find great instruction and plenty of terrain to keep them satisfied.
The terrain park is simple and is fantastic for your first foray into a real terrain park and keeps me entertained. though their "trick ditch" is a joke. it is like a half pipe, but knock about 10 feet off of the top and you've got eldora's trick ditch. too bad if you launch yourself off the lip there is a good chance you'll hit the trees on ethier side of the ditch.