Eldora Mountain Resort Skiing, Nederland, Colorado

Colorado Skiing at Eldora Mountain Resort

After my last failed attempt at skiing in the mountains, I was a bit apprehensive at giving it another try. Sure, I had a few chances back home to practice on the tiny slopes in Minnesota, but I wasn’t sure it was enough before heading to the mountains in Colorado.

Eldora Mountain Resort Skiing, Nederland, Colorado

We made our way to Eldora Mountain Resort just outside the tiny town of Nederland, Colorado. The drive there led us through twisty mountain roads and the views alternated between mountainous vistas and trees covered with so much snow they looked like they were about to buckle under the weight. It was fantastic.

Eldora Mountain Resort Skiing, Nederland, Colorado Eldora Mountain Resort Skiing, Nederland, Colorado

Eldora Mountain Resort is a small ski resort compared to those in cities such as Breckenridge, Aspen or Vail, but if you are coming from a relatively flat locale like we were, the mountains and runs are still pretty impressive.

Eldora Mountain Resort Skiing, Nederland, Colorado

I was a bit relieved to see the wide range of runs offered. There are 11 lifts, and the runs range everywhere from green to double black diamond with the longest run lasting over 3 miles long. Eldora is also home to a freestyle terrain park, Nordic trails, and four restaurants. One aspect that I appreciated was the separate upper and lower mountain areas which, in my opinion, makes it easier for people of all skill levels to coincide a bit better. The lower mountain, Little Hawk Family Zone, is made up of green and blue runs, while the upper mountain, Challenge Mountain and Indian Peaks, is made up of blue and black runs. There is also a cheaper lift ticket option for those who wish to stay on just the lower mountain.

Eldora Mountain Resort Skiing, Nederland, Colorado

Eldora Mountain Resort Skiing, Nederland, Colorado

Since the lower mountain alone was larger than what we were used to, we decided to stick with the cheaper lift tickets, and by cheaper I don’t mean cheap! Our total cost came to just under $300 for both of our lift tickets and rentals; however, this is more affordable than many of the larger resorts.

Eldora Mountain Resort Skiing, Nederland, Colorado

We made the mistake of hitting the slopes on a Sunday, and wow…it was packed! The runs were filled with children taking lessons (who were admittedly much better skiers than I was!), and a couple of times we ended up having to wait for around 10-15 minutes to catch a lift.

Our first run down the hill saw us on a blue level slope unintentionally—that was not the best thing that could have happened! After almost breaking my leg in Utah, I got a little paranoid and overly cautious. Thankfully, I had been practicing control back home, so it definitely could have been worse. I ended up making it down the entire run and was ready to get right back on the chairlift. I started to hit my stride after a few runs, and it finally started to be fun again!

Eldora Mountain Resort Skiing, Nederland, Colorado Eldora Mountain Resort Skiing, Nederland, Colorado

Many of the runs intertwine, and the signage isn’t the best for people who don’t know the layout of the mountain. Micah and I ended up losing each other quite a few times, but luckily, we ended up creating a meeting spot by one of the chairlifts. There were also a variety of runs and little shoot offs that ran through the trees—this makes for a fun change of pace. It really allowed you to mix up the paths you took, ensuring a different ride down each time. We found ourselves saying, “just one more run” quite a few times before we eventually had to call it quits to satisfy our grumbling tummies. The cafeteria was closing down by the time we made it over there, so we decided to head back into Nederland for a bite to eat and a quick stroll around town.

Eldora Mountain Resort Skiing, Nederland, Colorado Eldora Mountain Resort Skiing, Nederland, Colorado Eldora Mountain Resort Skiing, Nederland, Colorado

While I don’t think Eldora will stay on the list of our most favorite ski resorts, it was certainly a fun afternoon. It definitely gave me the desire to up my skill level and you can bet we will be practicing much more next year. Next stop, black diamond runs!

Where’s your favorite place to go skiing or snowboarding?

18 Comments
  • zof
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    Posted at 16:20h, 18 April Reply

    I’m totally tired of winter, but still, I really enjoyed your snowy photos and this post.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:53h, 27 April Reply

      Glad you enjoyed it even though you are sick of winter! I can totally relate–we are ready for summer now, too!
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  • Sonja Riemenschneider
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    Posted at 00:02h, 19 April Reply

    Love your photos in this post, they really pop with the bright white snow! So Minnesota didn’t give you enough snow this winter, huh? I’m also from MN, living in St. Paul now. Maybe we will run into each other!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:56h, 27 April Reply

      Thanks, Sonja! I’m surprised to say it, but it really didn’t give us enough, haha! We were hoping to get out and snowshoe, but there never seemed to be enough snow! That’s cool you are in St Paul, as well–hopefully we can bump into each other sometime! Let us know if you ever want to grab a coffee or anything!
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  • Jennifer
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    Posted at 04:02h, 19 April Reply

    Your pictures look lovely. I haven’t spent time in the snow for years – your story brought back some fond memories.
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  • Kate
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    Posted at 09:07h, 19 April Reply

    Fantastic photos and a great post! It looks like a winter wonderland. I’m impressed by anyone who can stand upright the whole time. Its such a tough workout when you go on the harder runs. I was a bit of a wimp ski-ing and I maybe need to try again. This looks like a great little place with lots of variety for ski-ing and snowboarding. Thanks for sharing
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:57h, 27 April Reply

      Thanks, Kate! I loved the variety at Eldora–it was nice that I could stay on some of the easier hills but still had plenty of options if I started to feel brave! Hope you enjoy it more if you do go again sometime!
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  • Sue Reddel
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    Posted at 12:05h, 19 April Reply

    Like you I had a bad experience years ago that keeps me away from skiing. But it looks like you had a great time. I’ll stay in the ski lodge with my hot buttered rum. 😉
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:58h, 27 April Reply

      Ah that’s a bummer! Bad experiences are always so hard to recover from. The ski lodge and buttered rum definitely sounds like a great alternative though!
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  • Laura Lynch
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    Posted at 14:08h, 19 April Reply

    I applaud your ability to just get out there and do it. I’m not much of a skiier and sometimes it just feels like too much work to get out there and then have to dodge all of the kids while I recklessly fly down the slopes. It looks like you had fun!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:59h, 27 April Reply

      Thanks, Laura! It is a pain and can be so much work to get out sometimes, especially when you have to dodge so many people! I’m glad we did go out though–it ended up being a lot of fun!
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  • Natalie Deduck
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    Posted at 19:27h, 19 April Reply

    Beautiful pictures!
    I have been chasing the summer for almost one year but when I saw your photos I thought to myself it might be time to enjoy winter season and catch some snow.

    Happy travels,
    Nat
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:50h, 27 April Reply

      Thanks! We were chasing summer for a while too, and now we have switched back into winter mode! Sometimes the change is nice, but you definitely have to be in the right mindset for cold weather adventures!
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  • Francesca One Girl: One World
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    Posted at 20:10h, 19 April Reply

    I would have absolutely freaked out if I had accidentally gotten on the blue level! I don’t think I’ll ever try skiing, but your photos sure do make it seem worth a visit! 🙂

  • Meg Jerrard
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    Posted at 22:45h, 21 April Reply

    I would love to learn to ski at some point in my life – something I’ve not yet managed to do. Though noted re not to travel on a Sunday, I think I would prefer to learn in an environment a little less packed 😀 Looks like you had a great day though!
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