Saturday was a wild day at Eldora with wind gusts topping out faster than the fastest MLB pitchers and trees toppling over like toothpicks. News9 reports the winds on Saturday and Sunday effectively shut down the mountain to guests. Lifts were only open for about 30 minutes on Saturday. The wind didn’t let up on Sunday. Eldora’s director of marketing, Sam Bass, had this to say about the incident:
“It was wild, man! I mean we haven’t seen anything like it in recent memory. Yeah, we saw 107 [mph] at the top of Alpineglow Chair on Saturday. On Sunday, we had some electrical damage to a device up near the top of the mountain that provided power this lift.
Forty-six trees were on runs and sort of, you know, would’ve been in the way of our grooming equipment and guests skiing. Still a little windy, but (not) nearly as windy as it was on Saturday and Sunday” -Eldora Director of Marketing Sam Bass
It was still quite breezy Monday but lifts were up and running. Guests may have had to retreat from the mountain over the weekend due to wind but I have to agree with Bass that conditions like these somehow are always the most memorable:
“For whatever reason, it’s the windy days that people remember the most.”
Here’s a tweet from Eldora suggesting guests not come to the mountain: