Eldora Ski Deals & Travel Info

Eldora Mountain is located just west of Boulder. It could be considered a locals’ mountain, tucked up and away from the big resorts on I-70, however, it is also an Ikon Pass resort. They have the most snowmaking coverage of any resort in Colorado and receive 300 inches of natural snow annually. Eldora is a great family mountain and a great beginner resort. That said, experts will still find challenging terrain here, and the lack of lift lines means you can hit as many laps as your legs can handle. This is one reason why Eldora is popular with local skiers from Denver and Boulder who want to avoid the chaos of the big resorts.

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Eldora Ski Resort Highlights

Here are the essentials for Eldora:

Eldora Ski Resort as seen from Nederland, Colorado

Getting to Eldora

From Boulder, take Route 119 (Boulder Canyon Drive) heading west. Stay left at the roundabout when you reach the town of Nederland, then turn right onto Eldora Road. Follow signs to the mountain and make a slight left onto shelf road. The mountain is on the left.

Eldora is the only ski resort served by RTD, Colorado’s largest public transportation system. The RTD NB route bus departs from Downtown Boulder Station at 1800 14th Street in downtown Boulder, stops a few more times before Nederland, and then drops you off right in front of the Alpenglow high-speed chairlift. At the end of the day, just catch the NB route bus at the same spot and head back to Boulder.

Eldora, CO FAQ

Yes, Eldora has 7 woodward terrain parks with a variety of features scattered around the mountain.

No, Eldora does not currently offer night skiing.

Eldora offers uphill access on specific routes at specific times. Users must have a pass or ticket (Uphill Access Season Pass, IKON Pass, Eldora Alpine Season Pass).

Eldora is open from 9 am-4 pm during the week and 8:30 am-4 pm on the weekends.

Eldora has snowmaking coverage on 100% of their groomed terrain, the most of any resort in Colorado. They also offer an extensive nordic trail system for XC skiers.

Trail Maps

Eldora ski area trail map near Boulder and Denver, Colorado

View full-size Eldora trail map on the official website here.

Tips for Skiing Eldora

Find the most extreme terrain off the Corona lift. Everything to the skier’s left of the lift will provide steep, technical glade skiing. Some of the only cliffs at Eldora are in the Salto Glades; they have relatively clear runouts mid-season when the bushes fill in with snow.

Go to the Gully Glades if there has been snow recently. You’ll find well-spaced tree skiing and snow reserves from the last storm.

Carpool. If you do hit the slopes on a weekend, holiday, or powder day, Eldora charges a $10 parking fee for single-occupancy vehicles. You can avoid this fee (and park in the HOV lot, closer to the slopes) by carpooling with a friend. Or better yet, take the free shuttle from Boulder. Parking is free in the garage next to where the shuttle picks up.

Pack snacks. Eldora’s small size is part of its charm, but unfortunately this also means fewer food options on the mountain. There are two restaurants at the base and one on the slopes. It’s a good idea to bring snacks, since you may have to wait in line for a while.

Expect ice in the afternoon. The mountain is north-east facing, so most runs sit in the shade later in the day. This makes for icy conditions.