* LATEST NEWS
♦ Conversations with the ski area continue; initial signs are promising – Read More
♦ Eldora Mountain Resort was recently sold to Powdr Corporation. Read our statement about the sale below*.
♦ Middle Boulder Creek Coalition has started meeting with Eldora Mountain Resort and the Forest Service as all sides try to better explain their positions and explore if there is any potential resolution of the issues.
Representatives from MBCC and Rocky Mountain Wild met with EMR on February 9, 2016. Representatives from MBCC, Sierra Club, Boulder County staff, and Town of Nederland met with Forest Supervisor Monte Williams, Boulder District Ranger Sylvia Clark and additional Boulder District Forest Service staff on March 8, 2016. It is anticipated that there will be additional upcoming meetings.
*MIDDLE BOULDER CREEK COALITION STATEMENT ON THE SALE OF ELDORA MOUNTAIN RESORT
In June 2016, Eldora Mountain Resort (EMR) was acquired by Powdr, a family-owned business that now operates nine mountain resorts across the country. Middle Boulder Creek Coalition welcomes Powdr to Colorado’s Front Range and the Peak to Peak region. Powdr owner John Cummings was a co-founder of Mountain Hardware, an outdoor gear company with a deserved reputation for quality equipment.
Coalition Director Dave Hallock issued the following statement:
Public support makes for a healthy resort. We look forward to engaging with the new owners on the ecological importance of neighboring lands, streams, and habitat.
The Coalition was formed to protect the Boulder Creek watershed. We are committed to protecting wildlife, watersheds, wilderness, and human-powered recreation.
Making EMR a better mountain within the existing boundaries will ensure a thriving ski area without sacrificing the land ethic that defines Boulder County and all of Colorado. We say yes to infill improvements and healthy ecosystems, and no to unneeded expansions.
In a December 2015 editorial, the Boulder Daily Camera: 1) stressed the need for EMR to cultivate community goodwill; 2) urged EMR to focus on badly needed lift upgrades and infrastructure improvements on the “front of the mountain”; and 3) concluded that the Resort “can become a better ski area without doing permanent damage to the ecology of its public lands.”
The Coalition couldn’t agree more. Eldora can thrive consistent with the Coalition’s vision to protect the Hessie – Lost Lake – Middle Boulder Creek – Jenny Creek landscape by working with Boulder and Gilpin Counties, Nederland, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Forest Service, NGOs, and private landowners.
Across the community, we hear skiers and snow boarders saying that all EMR needs is modern infrastructure, better transportation options, and other front side improvements. Significantly more terrain and new trails are already approved within existing boundaries. This approach will draw more skiers and boarders to buy tickets and passes, and lure them back for more annual visits.
EMR’s path forward is clear. Steer clear of controversial expansions that threaten Boulder Creek, Indian Peaks Wilderness, wildlife migration corridors, and Eldora’s unsurpassed Nordic trail system.
Other Powdr Resorts offer innovative ideas that might help EMR thrive within the existing boundaries. Pico Mountain in Vermont allows skinning and snow shoeing for winter uphill travel. Mount Bachelor in Oregon runs a bio-diesel shuttle from Bend to the Resort.
Powdr’s website features core values including “environmental stewardship” (minimizing environmental impacts) and Protecting Your Playground. The latter program “exists to empower and inspire solutions for environmental issues that threaten all kinds of playgrounds.” Legions of public lands users across Colorado’s Front Range are eager to do just that for the National Forest lands bordering EMR.
“The Forest Service asked stakeholders to seek collaborative solutions on the future direction of EMR,” noted Coalition member and Sierra Club Indian Peaks Chapter Wilderness Chair Bill Ikler. “Reaching a lasting consensus on these public lands hinges on a simple proposition. Residents and local officials ask EMR and Powdr to remain true to its core values by working with local and County interests to maintain the special environment in designing the future of the resort.