Eldora is a great mountain without the hype of other larger resorts. The Mountain itself offers challenging terrain for the intermediate and expert, not the best for a beginner. Many people seem to think Eldora is dangerous for beginners (due to ice, blowing snow, and crazed skiers/riders) but it's a locals mountain (backyard if you will), we feel free to fly (not an over abundance of ski patrol). Personally, I've seen more expert skiers at Eldora than anywhere else in Colorado (yes, it requires skills to handle tough conditions). Want hot food served to you on a silver platter? Go to Vail! Bring your sticks or board, PB&J in a tupperware (or any dried fruit), water bottle, and get ready to go up and down 100 times from 9-4 non-stop (eat on the lift)! Real skiers/riders, this mountain is a gem (that is if you like resort skiing).