Get Eldora passes printed

Eldora employees will be at the following locations:

Boulder REI, 1789 28th St.: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Salto Coffee Works, 112 E. Second St. in Nederland: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday

Eldora Mountain's new high-speed chairlift Alpenglow won't carry its first riders up the mountain this Friday, when the Boulder County ski area had been slated to kick off its season.

On Monday, Eldora announced the delay of its opening weekend via social media, after seeing the snow from last week's storm melt off the mountain.

"I'm looking out my window at this incredible chairlift like, gosh, when can we use this?" said Sam Bass, the new marketing director.

The $6 million lift is the most impressive of numerous capital improvement projects being unveiled this season at Eldora, located just west of Nederland and 20 miles west of Boulder.

Opening weekend was scheduled for Thursday night through Sunday, but Bass said they're now shooting to open next Wednesday or Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.

Historically, Eldora opens the Friday before Thanksgiving. Last season was delayed by a couple days.


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The mountain hasn't seen consistently low temperatures needed to make snow, and the weather this week isn't in skiers' favor. Boulder's forecast calls for sunshine throughout the week, with temperatures in the 50s and 60s.

"You try to do all you can to be prepare but ultimately it's up to Mother Nature," Bass said. "You really just have to roll with it and see what you get. I'm just as excited and anxious as everybody."

He said this weekend's temperatures look more promising.

"We obviously want to have a good product to offer on opening day to the guests," Bass said. "All that depends on snow."

A grand opening bash on Dec. 1 and 2 will follow opening day. Bass said there will be live music, swag giveaways and food and drink specials — all in celebration of the new chairlift, which is now assembled and ready to run.

This past weekend, Eldora employees printed nearly 1,000 passes at their booth in the Boulder REI, 1789 29th St. There are more opportunities to get passes printed before opening day.

Also this past weekend, Bass said, the stoke was high during the Warren Miller ski film tour at the Boulder Theater — a preseason ritual for skiers and snowboarders. He said visitors to the Eldora booth told him their Eldora stories, such as when passes were $75 in the 1970s.

"I was heartened by how understanding everybody was when I said we're not going to make it by Friday," he said. "They said, 'Aw, we get it. Keep up the good work. We can't wait to get up there.' We want to open just as much as they want us to open."

Amelia Arvesen: 303-684-5212, arvesena@times-call.com or twitter.com/ameliaarvesen