by: anonymous_user - 2nd January 2008

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I'd like to echo the comment about "not ideal for beginners on weekends". We went to Eldora for the first time on Friday, 12/28/07 right after the major snow that fell on the front range the day before. I've been skiing all over Colorado, Utah & California for 30 years, but decided to introduce my 13-year old son to snowboarding for the first time at Eldora. We took the local Boulder municipal bus up the canyon to the resort at 8:10am which was fine, but when we arrived there were over 250 people in line for lessons and/or equipment in a building built for 80. It was complete mayhem! 1.5 hours later and late for his first-timer lesson the ski school was completely overwhelmed and therefore disorganized. 14+ people per class and individuals were being left all over the hill as instructors were too busy to keep track of their own students. The winds were brutal with wind storms whipped snow around over 40mph with wind chill of -15 degrees F. The only place to get out of the bad conditions was one of the two very small lodges. Again, there were 700 people in each location designed for accomodating 200. There were people sitting on all stairwells and common vestibules further clogging any reasonable passage. I spoke with several locals who explained that the only real benefit of the Eldora Ski Resort were the ridiculously cheap season passes which allowed locals to come up mid-morning to check on conditions and if things weren't too windy, then they could get in a few runs, leaving early, before things got uncomfortable. This facility is NOT a destination for skiers or boarders who don't have the freedom of a season pass and whatever you do, do NOT use the incredibly poor ski school. Also, don't use the return municipal bus. There is one at 3:17pm and again at 4:57p. Both had lines of skiers waiting 40 minutes in advance outside in -15 degree F. weather. When the bus arrived 30 minutes late everyone converged on the bus in a free-for-all, mass histeria. No position in line mattered. It reminded me of a riot and it scared small children. People were tossed in all directions and were hit with equipment as others pushed to put skiis underneath in the storage compartments. Never again Eldora... good luck.
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