Eldora Mountain Ski Resort is a popular ski destination located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, just outside the town of Boulder. The resort is located approximately 30 minutes from the city of Boulder and about an hour from Denver, making it an easy day trip or weekend getaway for skiers and snowboarders in the Denver metropolitan area.
Eldora has just less than 300 inches of snowfall per season, with it being typically dry and powdery, which is for great skiing and snowboarding. The ski season at Eldora typically runs from mid-November to early April, and the resort offers over 680 acres of skiable terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarders to enjoy.
We recently ranked all of Colorado's ski resorts, so you can see where Eldora stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Eldora is a part of the Ikon Ski Pass network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all or most of the Ikon-sponsored slopes with it throughout the year, depending on the type of pass you bought.
There are numerous options to stay at Eldora around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Eldora Mountain Resort Terrain Overview
Eldora has a total of 53 ski trails, which are serviced by 12 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. With 680 acres, Eldora Ski Resort has a moderate amount of skiiable terrain available for skiers. This area is equivalent to 275 hectares, 1.1 square miles, or 2.8 square kilometers.
Eldora's slopes see on average 205 inches (6.2 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 17 feet every year!
Eldora Ski Resort Elevation
Eldora Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 10,800 feet, or 3,292 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 9,200 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,600 feet (488 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
The summit of 10,800 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.
Eldora Ski Resort Difficulty Level
48.4out of 100
DID YOU KNOW?
At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level
Eldora has 680 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Eldora is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 20% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 80%.
Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Eldora Ski Resort good for beginners?
Eldora can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 80% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.
Eldora Ski Resort Location
Eldora Ski Resort is located in the state of Colorado, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Nederland, CO.
Nederland, CO 80466 USA
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Getting to Eldora Mountain Resort
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Eldora Ski Resort), its coordinates of 39.94000, -105.56000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Nederland, CO to get close.
By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Eldora Ski Resort.
|Denver International Airport||DEN||Denver, CO||47 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Eldora.
|Eagle County Regional Airport||EGE||Eagle, CO||75 mi|
|Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy Field||ASE||Aspen, CO||85 mi|
|City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport||COS||Colorado Springs, CO||91 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Eldora Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.
Other Nearby Ski Resorts
Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Eldora Ski Resort.
|Winter Park Resort||Winter Park, CO||12,060 ft||72%||11 mi|
|Ski Granby Ranch||Granby, CO||9,202 ft||30%||12 mi|
|Echo Mountain Resort||Idaho Springs, CO||10,650 ft||27%||18 mi|
|Loveland Ski Area||Dillon, CO||13,010 ft||63%||25 mi|
|Keystone||Dillon, CO||12,408 ft||69%||31 mi|
|Breckenridge||Breckenridge, CO||12,998 ft||82%||40 mi|
|Arapahoe Basin Ski Area||Dillon, CO||13,050 ft||76%||44 mi|
|Copper Mountain||Frisco, CO||12,313 ft||66%||46 mi|
|Vail||Vail, CO||11,570 ft||77%||47 mi|
|Ski Cooper||Leadville, CO||11,700 ft||42%||56 mi|
|Beaver Creek||Beaver Creek, CO||11,440 ft||62%||56 mi|
|Buttermilk||Larkspur, CO||9,900 ft||47%||59 mi|
|Howelsen Hill Ski Area||Seamboat Springs, CO||7,136 ft||44%||77 mi|
|Aspen Mountain Ski Resort||Aspen, CO||11,212 ft||79%||85 mi|
|Aspen Highlands Ski Resort||Aspen, CO||11,675 ft||93%||86 mi|
|Aspen Snowmass||Snowmass Village, CO||12,510 ft||86%||90 mi|
|Snowy Range||Laramie, WY||10,000 ft||40%||92 mi|
|Steamboat||Clark, CO||10,568 ft||77%||94 mi|
Eldora Ski Resort Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||10,800 ft|
|Base Elevation||9,200 ft|
|Vertical Drop||1,600 ft|
(20% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 30% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||205 inches|