What to Expect

Top Questions asked about the "First Day"

How safe is skiing?
Statistically, skiing is no more hazardous than bicycling or tennis. It used to be though, in the days of long, stiff wood skis, non-support boots and non-release bindings. Now, with modern equipment such as fiberglass skis, high-support plastic boots and release bindings, skiing is much safer.

What will it cost?
Skiing is not as expensive as you might think. You can ski on a budget or you can spend a lot of time on the slopes. You can ski at a local area like Eldora for a few hours or take a ski vacation. Ski equipment can be rented, and as for clothing, you probably already have clothes that could double as a ski outfit. Eldora Mountain Resort has great "starter" packages to help you learn how to ski or snowboard. Check out our Lessons page for more details.

What kind of Facilities should I expect?
Eldora Mountain Resort has 12 ski lifts, 680 acres of terrain with 53 trails of varying difficulty and the Little Hawk Family Zone specifically for beginners. Indian Peaks Lodge houses the SnowSports School, food service, restrooms, ticket windows and Rentals. Timbers Lodge contains the Timbers Lodge Cafeteria, the Corona Bowl Bar, a retail store, day lockers, restrooms and the Season Pass office. Parking at Eldora is plentiful and free.

How can I find out the conditions before I go?
Each morning Eldora publishes a "ski report" that can be found around the resort and also on the website. This report is done daily, early in the morning and gives you a summary of the temperatures, trails open, lifts running, weather conditions, and more. We put our conditions report on our website, phone systems, and publish it to all the major news agencies that report national ski conditions.

How should I dress for Different temperatures?

Here's some tips to keep in mind for different temperatures:

  • 40° AND ABOVE - TORSO: turtleneck or shirt, plus wind shirt or light jacket. LEGS: pants only. HEAD/FACE: light hat or none. HANDS: light gloves or liners. FEET: light socks. Put lift ticket on a garment that will not be removed.
  • 28° TO 40° - TORSO: turtleneck or shirt plus medium parka or jacket. LEGS: long johns and pants; or pants and warm-ups; or bib ski pants. HEAD/FACE: light or medium hat. HANDS: medium gloves or wool mittens. FEET: light socks.
  • 15° TO 28° - TORSO: turtleneck, light sweater, and medium to heavy parka or jacket. LEGS: thermal long johns and heavy pants; or medium pants and warm-ups; or long johns and bib ski pants. HEAD/FACE: medium to heavy hat. HANDS: heavy gloves or wool mittens with liners. FEET: medium socks.
  • 5° TO 15° - TORSO: turtleneck, shirt, medium sweater or vest, plus heavy parka or jacket. LEGS: thermal long johns, pants and warm-ups; or thermal long johns and bib ski pants. HEAD/FACE: heavy tight-knit hat that covers ears and forehead. HANDS: heavy gloves or heavy wool mittens with liners. FEET: wool socks.
  • 5° AND BELOW - TORSO: thermal undershirt, turtleneck, shirt, heavy sweater or vest, plus heavy parka or jacket. LEGS: heavy thermal long johns, heavy pants and warm-ups; or heavy thermal long johns and bib ski pants. HEAD/FACE: Face mask or scarf and neck gaitor over mouth and nose. Goggles to cover eyes. Heavy tight-knit hat that covers ears and forehead. HANDS: heavy gloves with liners or heavy wool mittens with liners and windproof shell. FEET: wool socks. If windy, add another layer to torso. No exposed flesh on head. Add hood to parka if available.

What are the basics I need to know before using a Lift?
It is recommended that you take a lesson or get help from an Eldora Instructor or Lift Attendant before attempting to ride one for the first time. Eldora has two 4-person chairlifts (quads), two 3-person chairlifts (triples) and four 2-person chairlifts (doubles). There are also four surface lifts: 2 tows, 1 pomalift and 1 magic carpet.

Here are some basic rules for riding all ski lifts:

  • Obey all loading and other instructions on lifts.
  • Do not use a lift until you are familiar with its operation. Read the instruction signs. Watch and learn. Ask if you are in doubt.
  • Slow down before approaching the entrance to a lift.
  • Load and unload only at designated areas.
  • Be polite and courteous at the loading area. Wait your turn, try to keep off other people's skis, and double or triple up for chairlifts or T-bars.
  • Have your lift ticket or season pass visible to the ticket checker or lift operator so you do not hold up the line.
  • On chairlifts, keep your ski tips or snowboard up as you leave the loading area and upon approaching the unloading ramp.
  • If you fall while getting on or off the lift, keep your head down and crawl quickly out of the way.
  • Do not bounce, ski out of the track, or otherwise abuse lift equipment. You may cause injury to yourself or others.
  • Make sure no loose clothing or long hair is caught in lift when unloading.
  • Move quickly away from unload areas to make room for the next skiers.
  • If a lift stops, do not attempt to get off. Remember, if there is a mechanical problem, area personnel will provide assistance.
  • Take special precautions to help small children load and unload. Do not allow them to ride a lift alone until they can do so properly. You are responsible for your children and their actions.

What suggestions can you give me to get on or off a lift?

  • Chairlifts
    Loading Instructions:
    Straps off wrists.
    Hold poles in inside hand.
    Step quickly into position.
    Look over outside shoulder, grasp bar as chair approaches and sit down gently.
    middle skiers should grasp back of chair as it approaches. Sit down gently. Do not bounce or swing.

    Unloading Instructions:
    Stand up at designated point and ski down the incline.
    Move quickly away from moving chair and keep unloading area clear 
  • Rope-Tows
    Loading Instructions:
    Remove straps from wrists.
    Hold poles in outside hand.
    Step quickly into position.
    Look over inside shoulder, grasp tow and hold on.
    Do not sit down or lean back!

    Riding Instructions:
    Flex knees.
    Keep skis in the track.
    Do not sit down or lean back!
    Get off only at designated area.

    Unloading Instructions:
    Drop the rope and ski away from the unloading area.

How are the difficulty levels of trails marked?
Be sure to check out the lifts and the trails marked on the trail map. The colored symbols next to the trails indicate the difficulty of the trail. You will also find them on posted signs on the mountain. Before you ride a lift, make sure the trail symbols off of that lift fit your ability. If you have any questions or need directions, go talk to a lift attendant or another employee. If you find yourself on a slope that exceeds your ability level, always leave your skis/snowboard on and side step down the slope.

The following symbols and colors are the standard used by all ski areas:

Easy More Difficult Most Difficult Extremely Difficult Terrain Park

Where Can We Eat Lunch?
Eldora has four conveniently located restaurants for a quick pick me up or to sit down and relax with some good food. Click here for a complete list and description of your eating options.

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