Eldora Seeking Approval To Expand Parking Capacity By 50%

Eldora Seeking Approval To Expand Parking Capacity By 50%

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Eldora Seeking Approval To Expand Parking Capacity By 50%

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If you’ve been experiencing parking woes at Eldora Mountain Resort, your luck may change by next year as resort officials are seeking approval from Boulder County to expand parking capacity by nearly 50% for next season.

The Denver Post reports resort officials submitted a proposal to add 795 spaces to the existing 1,600 at a county planning commission meeting on Wednesday. The planning commission unanimously recommended approval, sending the issue to the county commission. Construction would take place over the summer pending approval.

It’s not uncommon for the Eldora to send out tweets warning guests that the parking lots are full. Eldora’s director of marketing Sam Bass says a multitude of factors have to lead the resort sometimes turning away as many as 800 to 1,000 cars. On occasion, cars were staged at nearby Nederland High School, waiting for spots at Eldora to open up.

“There’s a lot of contributing factors. In lockstep with the population increase in the Front Range, as everyone moves here and wants to engage in Colorado’s signature winter sport, we’ve gotten busier and busier. And, as frustration has grown with I-70 and people look to us as an alternative, we’ve gotten busier and busier.”

Bass also pointed out that improvements made since Powdr Corp acquired the resort in 2016 have lead to increased popularity, including a new high-speed six-person chairlift that replaced a slow double and a slow triple that dated back to the 1970s:

“There’s been a lot of investment under Powdr, and people are noticing. The new chairlift has been a big improvement, facilities are being upgraded, the menu is being improved, bathrooms have been renovated. … With all of these investments, it’s certainly put us on the radar. Rather than just being a convenient resort to get to, we’ve got some nice amenities to offer as well — thanks to Powdr.”

We will be sure to update this story when news comes in about the county commission approval. Until then…carpool, be patient, and try to there early.

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