Eldora Colorado Ski Resort

Eldora Mountain Resort, CO: 50 Years of Alpine and Nordic Fun

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Eldora Then

Eldora wouldn’t be what it is, without ski racing and the University of Colorado. When Lake Eldora Ski Area opened in January 1963, CU Ski Coach Bob Beattie was part of the management team and Eldora became the home of the skiing Buffs. Beattie was also coach of the US Ski Team and the 1964 Olympic team trained at Eldora. At the 1964 Innsbruck games, Jimmy Huega and Billy Kidd became the first U.S. men to win Olympic medals in alpine skiing, placing second and third in slalom.

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Ski racing continues to be a big part of the Eldora experience. When we pulled into the Eldora parking lot on December 31st, we quickly noticed a group of junior ski racers running gates near the base.

Prior to coming to Eldora, I had chatted with Dave Belin, an Eldora dad and ski instructor, about where we should ski. “One of my favorite trails is La Belle Dame, ” he told me. “It’s the race trail for the University ski team and it’s a great trail because nobody goes on it. Typically it’s just used by racers.” I couldn’t wait to try.

more sparkles eldora coloradoUnfortunately, La Belle Dame was closed. Eldora has 100% snowmaking on its groomed trails, and the guns were firing on the run. So while I couldn’t pretend to be a world-class racer (one of my consistent and lasting fantasies), the snow on the rest of the mountain, which was a combination of natural and man-made, was skiing great.

Gorgeous Groomers

Our goal for the morning was the Corona lift, home of Eldora’s most challenging terrain. Beginning from the base, we worked our way over to Corona along a series of fun blue groomed runs underneath the Challenge and Indian Peaks chairlifts.eldora colorado ski trail map Although there is difficult terrain off of both lifts (as well as double-black glade skiing), the majority of the trails in this area are fun intermediate groomers.

Famous Glades

The Corona chair doesn’t have any easy or intermediate terrain and is famous for it’s glades and chutes. While they weren’t open, right underneath the Corona lift is a run called (surprise!) Corona. Although often groomed, Corona was bumped up and super fun. A run with three distinct changes in pitch, the bumps varied across the slope from steep ‘n’ deep to hero-making minis giving the run a different feel every time we skied it.

As for the glades, my friend Dave specifically recommends Brian’s Glades and Salto Glades. Next time we visit, we’ll be sure to hit those.

Eldora Times Two

is divided into two distinct sections: a “big” mountain which includes Challenge Mountain, Indian Peaks and Corona Bowl, as well as a terrain park on Lower Diamond Back. This portion of Eldora is served by four chairlifts and the Timbers base lodge.

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A man was sot bc he was Catholic in Co.

by jmjdevotion


NEDERLAND, Colo. – A gunman who broke into a staff meeting at a Colorado ski resort ranting about religion asked the manager what he believed and shot him twice when the victim responded he was Catholic, according to reports published today about the tragedy.
The gunman later was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy in a firefight alongside a snowy mountain road, authorities confirmed.
The Boulder County coroner identified the gunman as Derik A. Bonestroo, 24, who had been living in Nederland

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