Eldora pledges to enhance the skier experience as their primary focus for the upcoming 2010-11 ski season. The resort is looking to capitalize on another snowy winter after receiving well over their annual 300 inches of snowfall last season.
Making the learning facilities more beginner friendly is Eldora's key element in introducing new skiers and snowboarders to the sport. They began by removing two lower mountain chairlifts, Tenderfoot 1 and Tenderfoot 2, and replacing them with a magic carpet. The new "lift" will facilitate beginning skiers and riders in getting up the mountain for the first time without having to load a chairlift.
The magic carpet will be usable year round. Hikers, bikers, and other summer visitors will be able to park at the base Eldora, and within steps, load the Tenderfoot lift.
Experienced guests can take advantage of improved gladed skiing this winter. Crews have spent the summer thinning trees within the expert skiing areas. Tree removal will result in more spacious skiing within this terrain.
"For a little [ski] area it's got a great diversity in terrain," says Linda Rokos of Boulder, Colo.
Two new snow cats cap off Eldora's endeavors to improve their guests' overall experience. The cats will increase grooming capabilities as well as improve the quality of the snow surfaces. The resort already claims to have one of Colorado's best snowmaking systems, claiming100 percent of groomed terrain; more than any other resort in Colorado.
"The grooming [at Eldora] is awesome-fresh corduroy every morning," Rokos says. "I think my best day at Eldora was last season when I dropped my little one off with her [ski] team, threw on my iPod, and ripped up the mountain. There was hardly anyone there. No lift lines, the grooming was exceptional, and the views were beautiful."