Eldora Mountain Resort, located 21 miles from Boulder in Nederland, Colorado, has announced that it will trial uphill touring access for the 2016-17 ski season. Eager uphill travelers will be provided touring access to the downhill trails from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The resort will also hold an event it calls “Front Range Gang morning AT cardio sessions,” from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays running from January 2 through March 30. However, guests will not be permitted to ski back downhill until ski patrol has dropped the ropes on the various trails across the mountain, usually in the 9 a.m. hour. The cardio sessions will be strictly for exercise purposes, but tourers could presumably exit the resort into the surrounding backcountry if so desired.
An adult alpine touring day pass runs for $25, while a season pass add-on is priced at $99 and a full AT season pass is $149.
The announcement comes after increased demand from the public for an uphill touring policy at Boulder’s local ski area as well as a recent roundtable attended by ski industry professionals at Boulder’s Upslope Brewery that sought to outline the specifics behind the uphill policy. Eldora joins other Colorado ski resorts such as Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Snowmass, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Steamboat and Winter Park, among others, that have already approved and implemented alpine touring.
For the complete parameters of Eldora’s uphill policy, click here.