Employees at Boulder County's Eldora Mountain Resort today are putting the finishing touches on preparations for the opening Friday of the ski area for its 50th season.

First chair is at 9 a.m., and the resort will open with three trails and three lifts operating, according to Eldora officials.

This year, the resort will also open as a smoke-free ski area. No smoking will be allowed in lift lines, on the chairlifts themselves or within 15 feet of decks or buildings around the resort.