Eldora drops Epic Pass

Barbara Lawlor Eldora

Up until about three weeks ago, Epic Pass holders could participate in snowsports at 26 different resorts located in Colorado, Switzerland, Austria, France and now Japan. Ski as much as you want, whenever you want, is their message to pass holders. Eldora Mountain Resort was included in that package, making it an appealing pass for Front Range residents.

On February 18, pass holders were notified that EMR decided not to renew their partnership with Epic Pass for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Vail Associates wrote, “We have appreciated the partnership with Eldora this season and the great value this provided to our Boulder-area skiers and riders.”

Pass holders were advised that their passes were good for the remainder of the season. To show their appreciation to the EMR visitors, Vail is offering a $100 voucher for those who renew the Epic Pass this spring. The voucher is redeemable at Boulder Ski Deals or Bicycle Village.

It has been an amazing ski season for Colorado skiers and riders, with Breckenridge receiving nearly 16 feet os snow since the new year, with Beaver Creek and Keystone receiving over eight and a half feet.

EMR spokesperson Rob Linde says this past season has been one of the best as far as snow and visits; and not renewing the partnership is strictly a business decision. “There are many reasons to join in a partnership,” says Linde, “or not. We have decided not to continue the partnership with Vail for varied reasons.”

While saying goodbye to the Epic Pass, EMR is moving forward with its proposed area improvements. On February 28, the USFS Boulder Ranger District officials are releasing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding the impacts associated with ski area improvements. There will be a 45-day public comment period, and there will be two public meetings. The first will be on March 25, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Nederland Community Center, and the next will be on March 26th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Boulder West Senior Center in Boulder.

The proposal includes the construction of two new lifts; upgrades to the Corona lift; replacement of the Challenge and Cannonball lifts with a single high-speed lift; a variety of new ski trails and glades; new and remodeled visitor facilities; and snow making on all new ski trails. Expansion of the ski area boundaries will include 70 additional acres in the Placer Pod and about 16 additional acres in the Jolly Jug Pod.

When public comment is in, it will be considered along with the DEIS and the Arapaho and Roosevelt and Pawnee National Grassland Forest Supervisor will decide whether or not to implement the proposal.

The project website is at www.EldoraEIS.com or Paul Alford, Project Leader, at 303-541-2506.

Barbara Lawlor

Barbara is a reporter for The Mountain-Ear.