Season start/end: 11/25/2017 - 04/15/2018 (estimated)

Welcome to Eldora

One of the most accessible resorts from Denver, Eldora sits just 75 minutes drive away from the mile high city. While it lacks the acreage and vertical compared to other Colorado resorts, Eldora does offer up a wide variety of terrain. From a separate beginner's area to some of the steepest tree skiing in the state, Eldora has it all! 

The good

  • Just 75 minutes drive from Denver and skips the chaos of the I-70!
  • Variety of terrain for its size and 100% snow making on groomed runs
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Steep runs including some of the steepest tree skiing in Colorado
  • No crowds

The bad

  • Short vertical and small size by Colorado standards
  • Expert terrain gets tracked out quickly
  • Frequent wind closures and less snowfall compared to other Colorado resorts
  • Lack of parking on weekends means parking at and taking the shuttle from nearby high school
  • Nearest proper lodging is 30 minutes away in Boulder
Eldora vs
EldoraArapahoe Basin
beginner20 %10 %
intermediate50 %30 %
advanced30 %37 %
expert-23 %
total runs53 109
ski area680 ac 960 ac
summit elevation10,600 ft 13,050 ft
total lifts10 8
child lift ticket$69 Free
adult lift ticket$119 $100

How to get to Eldora?



Denver International Airport



Eldora (1.5 hours)

Things to know

For beginners

There's a separate beginners area with green only runs and slower lifts, perfect for never-evers! More experienced beginners looking for a challenge should try out Fun Gully. It's not too wide, features a few rollers and is a bit off the beaten path.

More beginners tips
For intermediates

Intermediates will be spoilt for choice with a wide variety of blues on the front side of the mountain, all of which can be accessed from the high-speed 6-person Alpenglow Lift. Our pick for intermediates would have to be International, a long groomed run which gives you access to other fun blues to cruise!

More intermediates tips
For experts

From bumps to groomers to some of the best steep glades in Colorado, Eldora has it all! Take the Corona lift to access some of the finest black and double black diamonds here. Our favorite would have to be Salto Glades, a steep tree glade like no other, packed with drops and chutes! Best of all, the powder between the trees stays fresher for longer!

More experts tips

Best tips

Find freshies Map find

The freshest snow can be found on the mildly pitched and sometimes groomed black runs Wolf Tongue and Alpenhorn. Just note they get tracked out by locals quickly on weekends!

Ditch the crowds Ditch crowd

Arrive between 7:30am - 8:00am on weekends to avoid the chaos at the base area and parking lot. Lift queues aren't a problem here as the front side clears out pretty quickly!

Non skiers Non ski

Besides snowshoeing and Nordic skiing, there's not much for non-skiers to do here. However, Boulder is just 30 minutes drive away and has a range of attraction, activities, nightlife and great dining options.

Families Family

Eldora offers terrain for all ski abilities and the mountain is relatively easy to get around, making it an ideal place for families. It's close proximity to the attractions and activities at Denver and Boulder is also a bonus!

Where to stay

Boulder (20-25 mi)
  • Closest proper lodging to Eldora, just 30 minutes drive
  • Wide a range of accommodation
  • Variety of dining and nightlife options
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Denver (50-55 mi)
  • Easily accessible, 75 minutes drive from Eldora
  • Plenty of dining, nightlife and attractions
  • Wide range of accommodation
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Apres ski

Straight off the slopes Straight off the slopes
  • Timbers Tap Room and Coffee
Casual Casual
  • Zeal
Upscale Upscale
  • Frasca
Dance the night away Dance the night away
  • The Fox
  • Boulder Theater
  • Southern Sun
  • Press Play Bar
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Open 11/25/2017
Close 04/15/2018*
* Estimated based on previous years.

Lift tickets

Child $69
Senior $69
Adult $119

Trails levels



9,200 ft
10,600 ft
Vertical drop
1,400 ft


Total runs
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
1 mi
Skiable Terrain
680 ac


Gondola & Tram
Quad Chairs
Triple Chair
Double Chairs
Surface Lifts
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