ELDORA MOUNTAIN RESORT (Eldora Ski Area) is proposing to expand outside its current permitted boundary down toward Middle Boulder Creek and Hessie.View Maps
MBCC is not opposed to many of the proposed improvements in Eldora’s Master Plan, only the expansion
beyond current boundaries.
Many MBCC members ski regularly at Eldora and are fine with the ski area’s plans for most of their proposed improvements, but MBCC strongly opposes the expansion of lifts and runs below the existing facilities at Corona and Indian Peaks.
The ski area’s updated Master Development Plan was recently accepted by the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest, allowing for the submittal of more detailed environmental information and a public review.
As depicted in the Master Development Plan, the vast majority of the expansion would occur on the north side of the ski area, in the area below the existing Indian Peaks lift. Approximately seven new runs and one new lift are proposed for construction between the existing lifts and Middle Boulder Creek.
A new proposed Jolly Jug lift also will go beyond current ski area boundaries, potentially close to Jenny Creek. The popular Jenny Creek Forest Access trail crosses the proposed Jolly Jug runs in several places and may have to be rerouted. (The new runs also will impact four Nordic Center Trails.)
The Middle Boulder Creek Coalition opposes the proposed expansion of Eldora Mountain Resort.
Overall, it is our contention that the lands on the south side of Middle Boulder Creek between the community of Eldora and Hessie remain as high quality habitat and a wildlife movement corridor, a scenic backdrop to a major gateway into the Indian Peaks, and a buffer between the noise of the ski area and the town of Eldora.